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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, History, Health

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  • Lesson Plan
  • Worksheet
  • Presentation Slides
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - West


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Redlining: Understanding Our Past to Reimagine Our Future

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  • This three day lesson plan will teach students about the unequal distribution of green spaces in cities, with a culminating activity that encourages activism through art. 
  • Students will learn about the historical background of redlining, how it impacts health, green spaces, and the importance of parks. 
Teaching Tips


  • This lesson is thorough, interdisciplinary, and engaging.
  • The teaching notes, which can be viewed below each slide, are excellent and include citations that allow for continued learning.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need their Google account information to sign into Adobe in order to create an infographic during the third day of the lesson.


  • This lesson would work well in science, history, or art classes; classes can focus on the data and science behind the importance of green spaces, the historical implications and impacts of redlining and equality, and how art is a powerful tool for activism. 
  • The worksheets included allow for individual and group work and will facilitate engaging class discussions.
  • Each of the two worksheets can be used with younger students as a whole class or small group activity, while older or advanced students could each work on different cities and share or chart their findings. 
  • For the culminating infographic activity, you could scaffold by providing information for younger or struggling students.
  • Other related resources include this lesson plan about redlining and environmental racism, this lesson and activity where students create their own equitable cities, and this video about urban heat impacts in communities of color.
Scientist Notes
The resource includes activities that might help students develop a better understanding of redlining and the importance of urban parks and green areas. This is an excellent teaching resource.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS.ESS3.1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS.ESS3.4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • Social Sciences
    • Historical Thinking (K-12)
      • 6.23 Explain and analyze the historical context of key people, cultures, products, events, and ideas over time including the examination of different perspectives from Indigenous people, ethnic and religious groups, and other traditionally marginalized groups throughout the Western Hemisphere.
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