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What is the connection between sustainable city planning and climate change mitigation?
How does energy, waste, water, transportation, and occupant satisfaction relate to sustainability?
What is sustainability?
100 minutes

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Environmental Education, Reading or Language Arts, Science

In this lesson, students identify the major causes of traffic jams in their city and discuss how traffic affects air quality. Students observe the traffic in their city and identify some of the problems. Them they write a report about the problem of traffic and propose possible solutions.

50 minutes

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Environmental Education

In this lesson, students build on their knowledge of how less congested roadways can improve communities by focusing on another important reason to reduce traffic: air pollution. Students discuss what air is and why clean air is so important. They learn that vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution and discuss some of the pollutants that fossil fuel-powered vehicles emit. Students observe traffic near the school and track how many vehicles pass in a given timeframe. They then create an impactful mural of vehicle traffic and emissions near the school to raise awareness and springboard additional discussions about transportation.

45 minutes

Physical Education

In this lesson, students learn that our feet are a basic form of transportation. They explore the many fun and creative ways we can use our feet to move. Students show off their favorite moves to get from one place to the next. Then they work with a partner to trace, cut out, and decorate their footprints. Students place their footprints in colorful patterns around the room to celebrate the many ways in which we can move—skipping, dancing, shuffling, walking, running, etc. The class ends with students forming a train and moving together in various patterns around the room!