Fun in the City

By: Rose Gonzalez

Time: 2 Days
Teacher collecting outdoor-related magazines
Materials: Magazines, glue, scissors, poster paper


In this lesson students will apply their understanding of a city’s layout based on geography and climate. The favorite hobbies that students listed in the Engage lesson will be the sources from which students design their ideal city.

Students will be able to:
1. Describe their ideal city based on geography and climate and leisure activities in a collage and discussion.

National Geography Standard
(4) The physical and human characteristics of places.
(4 D) How humans interact with physical environments of form places.

Teacher Background
The teacher must be familiar with local geography and climate. Also, prior to beginning the activity, the teacher should review the lesson, Your Favorite Hobbies.

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Day 1
1. Divide the class into groups of four. Each student in the group must have a different hobby or personal interest.

2. Instruct students that they will design a city that considers their personal interests and hobbies that they described in the activity Your Favorite Hobbies.

3. Students will describe their hobbies or personal interests to the other group members.

4. Instruct students to sketch their city on poster paper, based on geography and climate that will meet all four member’s personal interests.

Day 2
5. Students will be provided a variety of old magazines. Based on their city’s sketch, students will cut out photographs from the magazines and create a layout of their city.

6. Tell students that the final product is a layout of their city that should illustrate every group member’s hobbies and the geography and climate necessary to enjoy them.

7. Discuss with students the cities they have created. In what ways are they not realistic? They have created a city based only on hobbies and personal interests. In reality, geography and climate factor into the development of a city that also includes other basic needs. Ask students to explain what those other basic needs include. [Libraries, schools, government offices, highways/transportation, sewage, fire and police departments, homes, hospitals, sports fields, parks, churches, business/commercial jobs, entertainment areas, etc.]


Embedded Assessment
Students will be assessed on their ability to create a collage of a city that meets all the needs of all members of the group.
During the discussion students are able to list four factors that demonstrate how geography and climate affect the development of a city. Answers may vary to include one’s hobbies, professions, transportation modes, industrial or commercial development, agriculture, residential development and building materials, etc.

PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:

NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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