of the Major Project
Students take on the role of city planners as they design a city
with health at the top of their priorities. Using the actual physical
geographical location of major cities, they develop a scaled model
of a city including city zones. Students focus on excellent air
quality as a healthy city design feature using their understanding
of climate, weather, and air movement.
In science class, students will discover the following:
winds and water carry pollutants in predictable paths following
How geography affects climate
How microclimates can be affected by geography and human construction
to prepare them to consider these concepts in the major project.
language arts, students work with non-fiction texts analyzing
historical journals and literary
uncovering values and
beliefs held by the authors. Students also
learn to write formal papers for the official city
proposal as part of the major project.
Finally, in social studies, students will learn
about human settlement, city design and how
impact human systems as they
design and construct a scale model city conducive
to air quality health.
Introducing the project to your students:
Students are introduced to the major project in
the geography lesson, Dreaming of a Healthy City.
Which lessons are central to the Major Project?
The major project provides a forum for student
learning demonstration on an environmental health
issue. Some lessons are
more pertinent to the major project than others.
The chart below highlights lessons we think
are central to the major project either because
quality or with presentation skills to different
populations. Other lessons
may be necessary to support these lessons.