Green Mapping

100 minutes
Two 50-minute class periods
Primary subjects: 
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education
Grade: 
7, 8
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In this lesson, students learn how a green map can make visitors aware of the natural, cultural, and sustainability resources an area offers and help people gain a deeper understanding of a public space. They then apply what they've learned by working in small groups to create green maps of the school campus. The result is a series of green maps of campus that emphasize the assets and liabilities of the campus from the students' perspective. Students share their maps via a classroom Green Map Gallery Walk, in which they reflect on what they can learn from and appreciate about their classmates' maps. The lesson concludes with a conversation about how green maps can be used to increase the school community’s respect and appreciation for campus resources. Students also explore how the maps could be used as a tool to persuade school administrators to make improvements on campus.

Key objectives for students
Describe the purpose and features of a green map.
Create a green map that identifies key natural resources, cultural resources, and sustainability resources on the school campus.
Explain how a visual tool like a green map can help inspire appreciation for and promote positive change in a public space.
Secondary subjects
Environmental Education, History, Reading or Language Arts, Social Studies
Topics
Public space, green map, Cartography, sustainable development
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Mindfulness, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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