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Metropolis: A Green City of Your Own
Published by APA Education
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This curriculum was developed by a third grade teacher — and planner — in the Bay Area. Metropolis was designed as a standards-based, interdisciplinary unit of study for grades 3-6 (though it could be adapted for any grade level).
It is intended for use by elementary classroom teachers and other adults who seek to expose children to a variety of urban forms from around the world. The city elements presented in the lessons are edges, districts, public spaces, landmarks and transportation — taken from Kevin Lynch's Image of the City. These elements provide an organizing mechanism for children to design their own ideal cities. The lessons increase students' awareness of planning issues such as sustainability and sprawl, while giving them an opportunity to express their heritage, interests and ideas using a creative design process.
In addition, Metropolis is a multidisciplinary curriculum that embeds language arts, mathematics, health, art, science, and social studies throughout the unit. It can be a stand-alone unit or used for teaching a neighborhood improvement curriculum.