Urban Planning

ByStrawbees

In this lesson, students will begin to learn about some of the complexities of urban planning including housing, transportation, energy consumption and production, readiness for natural hazards, and sustainable development concepts. Students will prototype a solar panel for a sustainable city, integrating this design into their own city sketches. In doing so, students will create their own unique urban layout. Upon completion, students will next have the opportunity to expand their city designs while addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • SDGs
    Goal 3 - Good health and well-being
    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
    Goal 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  • NGSS
    3-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity
    3
    Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.*
    4-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity
    4
    Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
    4-ESS3-2 - Earth and Human Activity
    4
    Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.*
    5-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity
    5
    Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
    MS-ESS3-3 - Earth and Human Activity
    6,7,8
    Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.*
    3-5-ETS1-1 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
    3-5-ETS1-2 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    3-5-ETS1-3 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
    MS-ETS1-1 - Engineering Design
    6,7,8
    Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
    MS-ETS1-2 - Engineering Design
    6,7,8
    Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • Common Core ELA
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3
    4, Reading: Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details
    Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4
    4, Reading: Informational Text, Craft and Structure
    Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a .
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7
    4, Reading: Informational Text, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3
    5, Reading: Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details
    Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4
    5, Reading: Informational Text, Craft and Structure
    Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a .
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7
    5, Reading: Informational Text, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3
    6, Reading: Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details
    Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4
    6, Reading: Informational Text, Craft and Structure
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7
    6, Reading: Informational Text, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3
    7, Reading: Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details
    Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4
    7, Reading: Informational Text, Craft and Structure
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3
    8, Reading: Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details
    Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.4
    8, Reading: Informational Text, Craft and Structure
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
  • STEAM Classroom
Age range
9-14+
Duration
45m
Grades:
United States 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Topics
Architecture
Earth and Human Activity
SDGs
Assets
  • Student Journal
  • Guide - Platonic Solids
  • Student Map

Urban Planning

Urban Planning