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This lesson accesses students’ preconceptions and prior knowledge about cities and introduces the idea of cities as systems. Students are introduced to the driving question students will explore throughout Urban EcoLab – how do we develop healthy and sustainable cities?

  • 3 activities
  • 1-2 class periods
  • Strategies: brainstorm, draw a plan (map), discussion
  • Homework: Parents sign fieldwork contract
  • Standards alignment:
    • NGSS: n/a
    • Connections to history: use mapping skills to create a model of a city

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