- Riding the
In Bud, Not Buddy, Bugs convinces
Bud they should ride the rails to California. However, the
boys find that hopping a train is tougher than they
expected. Without money to pay for a ticket, they tried to
jump on a moving train.
Plan a journey in search of
Process and Resources
- Bud was almost caught by police
trying to jump on the train without paying for a ride.
Read about the experiences people had riding
the rails. Email your e-pal
answers to the following questions:
- Would you do something without
paying for it such as riding a train? What about
sneaking into a bus or staying for a second movie at
the movie theatre without paying?
- If you were in Bud's situation,
would you hop the train? Why or why not?
- What do you think might have
happened to Bud if he had taken the train to
- How far is it from Flint, Michigan to
Los Angles, California? Use MapQuest
far is it? to find out the
distance. Print out a map from one of the sites at
use a marker to trace the route that the train might have
- Bud was trying to determine the
distance from Flint, Michgan to Chicago, Illinois and
Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you were going to visit these
places, how far would you have to travel? Compare the
distance Bud traveled from Flint to Grand Rapid to
another town from your town. How long would it take to
walk from Flint, Michigan to Grand Rapids, Michigan? What
- Bud was traveling in search of Herman
E. Calloway. Plan your own journey. Who would you like to
visit? This person can be real or imaginary. What's the
distance? What form of transportation would you take? How
long would it take you to reach this person? What would
you do once you got there?
- Create a class mural of North America
showing the starting point, ending point, distance, and
other information for each student journey. Share your
trips with others over the Internet. Provide the written
directions so that others can trace your journey on their
map. You'll need to read their directions carefully and
place them on your map. Use a different color marker for
- Make a list of the things found in
Bud's suitcase. What would you put in a suitcase if you
had to leave on a long journey? Compare the contents of
your suitcase with others in the class.
Use the following guidelines for class
- Select a person and place for your
journey. Write about what you'd do with the
- Identify the starting point, ending
point, and distance. How would you get there? Write out
the directions to get to your destination.
- Add your project to the class
- Email your journey to your
- Add your e-pal's project to your
Plan a trip to meet students at another
school you've met through the Internet.
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