Lesson Plans

Poly High classroom

New lesson plans will be created by teachers in the POLB Academy Externship Program and will be available on the site later in the year.

However, the Port has existing educational resources for students in K-12. This Port of Long Beach Classroom series of lessons – created in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District – combines real-world Port of Long Beach situations with content from the California state-approved curriculum. The result is an engaging and interactive curriculum that fully conforms to the state content standards while getting students excited about the major global seaport right in their own backyard.

 

Economics and International Trade: The Port has developed a trade-related educational program for the 12th grade economics curriculum.

The Port has developed a trade-related educational program for the 12th grade economics curriculum. “Julio’s New Ride” tells the story of how young people in California, Japan and Mexico are linked by international products, such as American-designed Skechers shoes, Japanese-made Toyota Prius automobiles and American-made Taylor guitars. The program illustrates how international trade connects young people throughout the world.

Lessons include:

  • Products and Prices
  • Access to Global Markets
  • Access to Unique Resources
  • The Benefits of Trade
  • Technology Development
  • So Who Benefits From Trade?

Get the Economics Teacher’s Guide.

 

Middle School Math: Interactive PowerPoint presentations use real-life Port of Long Beach examples to teach concepts from the state’s middle school math curriculum.

How long will it take a fully loaded container ship to make its way from China to Long Beach? How many containers can a crane operator unload in one hour? If you have 2,500 yuan, how many U.S. dollars do you have? These interactive PowerPoint presentations use real-life Port of Long Beach examples to teach concepts from the state’s middle school math curriculum. Students are able to see how math plays a large role in the Port’s daily operations.

Get the complete teacher’s guide here.

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High School Math: Using real-world Port of Long Beach examples, students will put their geometry and algebra skills to work.

Using real-world Port of Long Beach examples, students will put their geometry and algebra skills to work. Problems include analyzing charts and graphs about the Port’s environmental achievements, calculating how long it will take a cargo ship to sail from China to Long Beach, and determining how the Port can build a higher bridge to accommodate larger cargo ships.

Get the complete teacher’s guide here.

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High School Science: Students put their physics, chemistry and biology skills to the test with real-world problems.

Students will put their physics, chemistry and biology skills to work with the Port’s high school science curriculum guide. Lessons include: How fast can a cargo ship accelerate and slow down in the harbor? Can a giant gantry crane lift a container weighing 20,000 kg? How does the Port reduce non-native species from ballast water?

Get the complete teachers guide here.

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Activity Book: Engaging and educational activities for elementary school students.

Help navigate your cargo ship through a maze or connect the dots to reveal an underwater radar image… it’s all part of the fun with the Port Activity Book. The book contains engaging and educational activities for elementary school students – have fun while learning all about the second-largest seaport in the country.

Get the activity book here. Or, download the activities below.

  • Activity 1: So what is a port anyway? Learn about seaports, cargo and containers and solve a puzzle that shows how your sneakers got to your feet.
  • Activity 2: Cargo Crossword and Maze Craze: Solve a cargo-themed crossword puzzle and wind your way through an array of containers.
  • Activity 3: Crossword Careers, Sum Fun and Container Counting: Hunt for Port careers in a word search and use math to solve port-themed riddles.
  • Activity 4: Color the Port, the diver and his underwater friends!
  • Activity 5: Star Maze and Radar Riddle: Take your ship through a maze, count steps on a Jacob’s Ladder and connect dots to reveal a radar image.
  • Activity 6: Imports Game, Letter Ladder and Port Partners: Solve word games to learn more about imports and trading partners.
  • Activity 7: Draw It! Draw a harbor scene and search for Port wildlife.
  • Activity 8: Team Green and Critter Counting: Learn all about the Port’s environmental programs with word games and math exercises.
  • Activity 9: Draw Your Own Ship! A coloring page and activity solutions.

 

To request hard copies of the teacher’s guides and presentations, or for more information about the Port’s education programs, please contact Maria Pangelinan at (562) 283-7723 or e-mail us.

If you have used any of the Port of Long Beach Classroom guides, please take a few minutes for a brief survey.

Your input is greatly appreciated, and it will help us improve these lessons in the future.

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