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Author

Grist

Grades

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Geography

Resource Type

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 33 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

What Makes Walkable Cities?

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

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

  • The teacher could check that students have understood the ideas discussed in the video by asking them to summarize them in a graphic organizer.
  • 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.
Scientist Notes
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.
Standards
  • Science
    • 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.
  • Health
    • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
      • 1:3:A4 Describe how physical and social environments can affect personal health.
  • Social Studies
    • Economics
      • SS.Econ1.a.m Predict the opportunity costs of various decisions and explain why the opportunity cost might differ from person to person or in different situations. Assess how limited resources (e.g., money, land, natural resources, workers, time) impact the choices of individuals, households, communities, businesses, and countries.
    • Geography
      • 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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