1. Divide the class into groups of four. Each student
in the group must have a different hobby or personal
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.
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.]
will be assessed on their ability to create a collage
of a city that meets all the needs of all members of
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.