ERIC Number: ED178436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Urban Planning and Cognitive Mapping: An Elementary School Program in Urban Ecology.
Hanson, Lola P.; Hanson, Kim
This teacher's guide describes a program about urban ecology which can be used with children from kindergarten through grade six. The program comprises five units which explore concepts and practical issues of consumption in the home, health and well-being, commercial enterprise, transportation and networks, and production. Each unit's content is discovered and learned through four types of activity: class discussion led by the teacher, research (i.e., library work or surveys of family members), map-making, and dramatic play. The guide suggests how to schedule each unit's four types of activity according to the educational level and background characteristics of individual classes. Basic materials used throughout the program are wooden building blocks and six-inch high human figurines. These materials are used by the students as tools for cognitively mapping the classroom floor space into a miniature urban model during periods of dramatic play. The model becomes more complex and refined as students progress through the units and realize the need for things such as zoning restrictions, taxes, and subsidies. Interspersed throughout the guide are sample worksheets and newsletters. (AV)
Descriptors: Business, Concept Teaching, Consumer Economics, Dramatic Play, Economic Factors, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Group Activities, Health, Human Geography, Learning Activities, Productivity, Social Studies, Teaching Guides, Transportation, Unit Plan, Units of Study, Urban Environment, Urban Planning, Urban Problems, Urban Studies
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Environmental Education.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville.