Growth of a City
Students evaluate aerial photographs of Beverly Hills taken in 1923 and 1932, and examine the effects of rapid growth of a region. They discuss the needs of city planning, compare the two photographs, and answer discussion questions.
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Changes in a City Over Time
Investigate the growth and development of New York City with the final instructional activity in this four-part series on skyscrapers. Learners first explore the concept of urban growth by looking closely at a series of three paintings...
2nd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Ticket to Philly—In 1769: Thinking about Cities, Then and Now
While cities had only a small fraction of the population in colonial America, they played a significant role in pre-revolutionary years, and this was certainly true for the largest city in the North American colonies: Philadelphia. Your...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
City Council Simulation: Dogwood City’s Proposed Curfew Ordinance
Your learners will be excited to take part in this simulation where, acting as members and stake holders at a City Council meeting, they will determine whether or not a curfew for youth ages 17 and under should be instated. They will...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
WANTED: Qualified Candidate for City Manager!
As part of a study of local government, especially the roles played by city officials, class members engage in a simulation in which they assume the role of panel members and interview candidates for the position of city manager.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Three Life-Giving Sisters: Plant Cultivation and Mohican Innovation
Children gain first-hand experience with Native American agriculture while investigating the life cycle of plants with this engaging experiment. Focusing on what the natives called the Three Sisters - corn, beans, and squash - young...
2nd - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
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...
4th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Urbanization and the Evolution of Cities Across 10,000 Years
Today, more than half of all people in the world live in an urban area. How did the early hunter-gatherer culture evolve into the modern city, and what implications does this continuing development have for the future of our world...
4 mins 9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable