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Reflecting on Public Spaces

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

50 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Civics and Government
Grade: 
7, 8
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In this lesson, students reflect on public spaces that have impacted them in some way. They consider how public spaces give humans much-needed places for social activities, for enjoying nature, and for physical exercise. They recall a variety of public spaces they have experienced and conduct a plus/delta analysis to analyze the positive and negative aspects of familiar public spaces. After these personal reflections, they join classmates in reviewing and discussing which aspects of public spaces work well and which do not work well. They note trends among their personal reflections and begin outlining ideas for improving public spaces. The ideas on the Extend tab then provide opportunities for students to take action to improve a public space in their area.

Key objectives for students
Reflect on how they’ve used public spaces in the past.
Identify qualities that enhance a public space and qualities that detract from a public space.
Take part in a discussion about the usefulness of public spaces.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Environmental Education, Physical Education, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
Public spaces, reflection, Design
Skills
Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship
Values
Curiosity, Global Leadership, Mindfulness
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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