Urban Planning Teacher Resources
What makes a city successful? Urban planning and design is the key to a safe and sustainable city that maintains a stable population. As you plan a unit on urban planning, check out Lesson Planet’s teacher-curated resources that make a perfect addition to your social studies curriculum.
Start out with a video on building the ideal city, or another video that puts an environmentalist lens to living in a tightly packed city versus in a neighborhood of suburban sprawl. Elementary learners can apply the themes from Lorinda Bryan Cauley’s Country Mouse City Mouse to a lesson that compares images from urban cities and rural towns.
High schoolers work on critical thinking with a lesson that studies the changes of New York City throughout the 20th century, or a project-based learning experience that explores the possibility of green urbanism and its potentially positive impact on democracy and community citizenship. Additionally, they can explore green infrastructure solutions with a stormwater runoff design plan.
The future comes closer with every new school day, and with some great teaching (and high-quality resources from Lesson Planet!), your students will be ready to greet it!
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