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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Videos, 6 minutes, 18 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessments
  • Interactive Media

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Impacts of Urbanization

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  • This resource explains the impacts of urbanization on people and the environment, and provides a transcript and interactive quiz to enhance understanding. 
  • Students learn the consequences of excess grey spaces in a city and the benefits of green spaces. 
Teaching Tips


  • Engaging graphics and easy-to-read text accompany this video.
  • This helps students think about some side-effects of changes to land surfaces that they may not have considered before.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with urban, suburban, and rural areas.


  • Students could discuss how this video relates to their own city or the nearest large city to their school.
  • Teachers could use 4:46-6:19 to facilitate a discussion about best practices for urbanization.
  • This resource can be used for AP Environmental Science classes, biology classes, physics classes, or engineering and design classes, as it discusses how urban design impacts stormwater runoff, flooding, aquifer recharging, and pollution.
Scientist Notes
This resource examines some of the impacts urbanization can have on the environment and atmosphere, and offers some of the solutions to these impacts. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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  • Social Studies
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      • SS.Geog5.a.h Analyze the intentional and unintentional spatial consequences of human actions on the environment at the local, state, tribal, regional, country, and world levels.
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