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​Land Use Planning

Activities

How We Get to School by Streets Education through the Livable Streets Initiative. Grades K-1. http://streetseducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/lse_elem_how-we-get-to-school.pdf. Designed to enhance any Neighborhood/Community Study that you are doing with your students, this unit focuses on how the streets around the school are organized. Students will look at the way streets are designed and how signs and symbols are used to give information. Special emphasis will be placed on improving safety and awareness for walkers, bikers and drivers. Sample lesson shows a step-by-step pictograph about getting to school.

The Streets Around Us by Streets Education through the Livable Streets Initiative. Grades 1-2. http://streetseducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/lse_elem_the-streets-around-us_sample_lesson1.pdfhttp://streetseducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/lse_elem_the-streets-around-us_sample_lesson2.pdf. The streets around the school act as your classroom as students learn about all of the ways the streets, and cars in particular, impact our lives. By using air quality and the speed of cars outside the school, students will take away valuable lessons about the environment and the importance of going green, all while combining simple math skills with science. Sample lessons include making air quality particle boards and using a speed gun to measure speeds around the school.

Getting Around Town by Streets Education through the Livable Streets Initiative. Grades 2-3. http://streetseducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/lse_elem_getting-around_town_sample-lesson1.pdfhttp://streetseducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/lse_elem_getting-around_town_sample-lesson2.pdf. This unit focuses on transportation in New York City and its relationship to environmental sustainability. It can be used to enrich your curriculum for transportation, the importance of community, and any bridge or tunnel study. Sample lessons include a description of the streets around the school and a scavenger hunt street walk as the beginning of the unit.

Redesign Your Street by Streets Education through the Livable Streets Initiative. Grades 6-8. http://streetseducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/lse_ms_redesign-your-street_sample-lesson.pdf.
This street design study introduces students to new, innovative concepts in street design and urban planning. Students are challenged to redesign the block around their school. Sample lesson is an introductory neighborhood assessment.

Once Upon a Bike by GreenLearning. Grades 4-7. http://www.greenlearning.ca/eneraction/teacher-materials. Students consider what they like about biking and play a true-or-false game to discover how the use of bikes differs over time and place. Students interview someone who can tell them about cycling in another time or place to help them learn more about the historical, cultural and social role of bikes. Students identify any obstacles to cycling, then come up with a bike design that overcomes some of those obstacles. They also suggest changes to rules, roads, and other infrastructure that might increase the amount people cycle.

General Web Resources

Wisconsin Land Use Megatrends: Energy. Pages 10-11. http://www4.uwsp.edu/cnr/landcenter/megatrends/docs/EnergyMegatrendswhite.pdf. Center for Land Use Education (CLUE). University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Pages 10 and 11 of the Wisconsin Land Use Megatrends: Energy document contain Wisconsin-specific information regarding transportation and community design trends.