Lesson Plan

Grades 3-5

Green Spaces

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40 minutes (Part 1); 1 hour (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Carrying Capacity, Population Density

Resource Overview

Students estimate and verify the amount of green space necessary to meet the oxygen needs of the entire class and then design an imaginary city that meets both the oxygen needs and daily living needs of the city’s residents.

Students will be able to:
  • Identify the amount of green space needed to supply oxygen for their entire class.
  • Describe why green space is important and see how a growing population can impact the availability of green space.
  • Develop ways to establish more green space in an urban setting.
  • Assess the consequences of living with more people and less green space.
Aerial view of Irving, Texas shows green space among school, homes and roads.

Features of This Resource

  • Opportunity for kinesthetic (tactile) learning
  • Lesson plan uses the concept of spatial significance
  • Urban planning lesson for upper elementary grades


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