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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
  • Health
    • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
      • HE.1.8.4 Identify how the environment affects personal health.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • Social Sciences
    • Economics (K-8)
      • 7.8 Examine how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
    • Geography (K-12)
      • HS.47 Assess the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
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