Students explore the issues of urban and suburban sprawl. They work in small groups to create their own planned communities.
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Youth Emergency Preparedness
Go beyond the typical earthquake drill and prepare your learners to become proactive responders in the event of an emergency. From blackouts and droughts to thunderstorms and extreme cold, your class members will discover how disasters...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Architecture: It's Elementary!
Young citizens construct an understanding of urban planning in this cross-curricular unit. Covering every aspect of city development from the political, economic, and social influences to sustainable building practices, this 10-lesson...
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These documents list essential questions and foundational concepts associated with early civilizations and farming communities in the agricultural revolution. Use this as a starting point for developing specific lessons and activities...
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5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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6th Social Studies & History
Building a Community: Responsibility and Leadership
Somewhere around 660,000 South African children have been orphaned due to AIDS diagnoses in their family. Carol Dyanti, or Mama Carol, has dedicated herself to providing for these children. Discuss other prominent figures and their...
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