Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

Growing Smarter

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40 minutes

SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Community Connections, Urbanization, Sustainability: Sharing Common Resources

Resource Overview

In small groups, students analyze a map of an undeveloped area within a city in order to create and present a growth plan that incorporates smart growth concepts.

Students will be able to:
  • Identify characteristics of urban sprawl.
  • Categorize the effects of urban sprawl as social, political, economic, or environmental.
  • Create a plan to develop a plot of land within a growing city that considers short and long term impacts on residents and the surrounding area.
  • Effectively communicate their city plan and justify their choices.
City planners in hard hats discuss plans for community development

Features of This Resource

  • Students take on the role of an urban planner working towards a sustainable community
  • Opportunity for finding solutions to real-world problems
  • Lesson covers urban sprawl and its social, political, economic, and environmental effects


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This lesson plan must be purchased as part of a lesson packet or as part of a full curriculum that is available in our store.

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