To have a little fun, and to cultivate some interest — especially from my young male students — I thought a “The Best…” list on “cool” cars might be engaging.
I’m planning on having my English Language Learner students look through these accessible sites, identify which ones they found particularly intriguing, and explain why — in writing and verbally. In addition, they can design their own cars and describe them. The sites are listed in two separate sections — the photos, and the design sites.
It’s just a light exercise to do some day, probably after a day of taking standardized tests…
Here are my picks for The Best Sites For Learning About “Cool” Cars (& Designing Your Own!):
IMAGES OF COOL CARS:
Here’s a Time Magazine slideshow about The Plane That Drives.
MSNBC has a video about an underwater car.
Breaking News English has an activity about the same car, and provides audio support for the text.
Ten Things You Should Know About The World’s Cheapest Car is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
MSNBC has video about the Nano, the world’s cheapest car that sells for $2,000.
Not really a car, but I’m including a slideshow about motorcycles from Time Magazine — The Evolution of Harley-Davidson.
Here are three accessible resources on the new U.S. Presidential limousine:
You can see photos and a diagram of the new limousine created for Obama, and it’s pretty impressive, indeed.
Here’s another interactive graphic about the limousine.
Breaking News English has a good online lesson on the new Presidential limousine that will be unveiled on Inauguration Day.
The Shape Of Alternative Power is a slideshow from The New York Times featuring some pretty cool-looking cars not powered by gasoline.
Take a look at this slideshow of the all-electric Tesla Roadster.
Flash In The Pan is a New York Times slideshow of the recent New York Auto Show.
Here’s a CNBC slideshow of the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.
Here’s a CNN slideshow of the latest “concept cars” — cars the auto companies have on the drawing board for the far-future.
Cars Of The Future is another engaging slideshow.
Here’s an online exhibit of Lowrider cars.
Forbes Magazine has a slideshow showing the world’s most expensive cars.
Which Cars Are Most Expensive? is another slideshow.
Here’s an audio slideshow from the San Jose Mercury News about the Tesla, the electric roadster.
I don’t know if I would call the cars in this next slideshow “cool,” but they are Very, Very, Very Small Cars.
The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture has a series of images of Formula One racing cars.
Take a look at 12 Of The World’s Strangest Vehicles.
CNN has a video about flying cars.
Eye-Popping Car Designs is a slideshow from LIFE Magazine.
Here are some Insanely Decorated Cars.
Check-out 12 Cool and Unusual Limousines.
“40 Wild and Wicked Art Cars” has some pretty wild images.
Car Design As High Style, 1930 to 1965 is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
Word’s Smallest Cars has text, photos, and videos about…very small cars.
The Maverick Flying Car is one weird contraption.
The New York Times has a video of a convention of “tiny car” enthusiasts.
Concept cars in pictures is a slideshow from The Telegraph.
“Car That Runs On Thin Air” is a video from CNN about a care that runs on….air.
How cars of the future were perceived in 1948 is a fun video from…1948. It shows some pretty “interesting” looking cars.
The World’s 15 Ugliest Cars is a slideshow presentation from CBS News.
Amphibious vehicle made from a lawnmower and boat is a video from CBS News.
50 outrageous cars is a CBS News slideshow.
New record for world’s fastest toilet on wheels is from The BBC.
20 cars that changed the world is from The BBC.
DESIGNING YOUR OWN COOL CARS:
Create A Ride lets you design your own race car. Boys in particular will love it. You can save your design with a special number, but it doesn’t provide you with a unique url address. So to access it again you just have to go to the site and type in the the number. Students can learn some vocabulary and write about their car.
Here’s a new version — Create A Ride 2.
Create a car at ABCYA
In a related application, users can create their own Race-Car Driver and have him/her “say” a message using the site’s text-to-speech feature.
As always, feedback is welcome.