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Author

Grist

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Geography, Social-Emotional Learning, Climate Action

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

What Makes Walkable Cities?

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  • This video explores ideas on how to make cities more walkable and the benefits this can bring in terms of traffic, emissions, and social and emotional health. 

Positives

  • This entertaining and informative video contains interesting facts and statistics related to the advantages of having walkable cities.
  • In this video, the speaker discusses interesting ideas including the disadvantages of cars in cities, the advantages of a pedestrian-friendly city, and ways to make it happen.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with car emissions and the alternative modes of transportation.

Differentiation

  • Support group: The teacher could check that students have understood the ideas discussed in the video by asking them to summarize them in a graphic organizer.
  • Extension Group: The teacher could ask students to do a project where they design a model for a sustainable, walkable city.
  • Students could plan, organize, and implement a campaign called "Walk More & Drive Less."
  • Students could organize a Walk and Roll Day at their school. (And encourage everyone to walk every single day!)
This 4-minute video looks at strategies for making cities more walkable to address issues related to traffic and climate change, among others. This is a short, clear resource and is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.6-8 Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.8.6-8 Analyze how relationships between humans and environments extend or contract spatial patterns of settlement and movement.
      • D2.Geo.7.3-5 Explain how cultural and environmental characteristics affect the distribution and movement of people, goods, and ideas.
      • D2.Geo.6.9-12 Evaluate the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
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