A Note on Background
The curriculum is designed to be used over a 6 week period, with one unit per week. Each weekly unit is designed to take up between 1 and 2 class periods along with out-of-class research and follow-up activities.
The project contains the following sections and activities:
The most important part of the project is, of course, the "Weekly Units" folder. All other folders provide support materials.
A simpler version of each unit and its activities is provided for grades 5-7. All 6 units and their related activities are available on-line.
Each unit is divided into five segments, all of which are hyperlinked:
The "Cities of today, cities of tomorrow" units on the World Wide Web are set up to be self-contained and easy to use. However, additional materials can be used from other Web sites. One useful site is Habitat II at http://www.undp.org/un/habitat/
It is encouraged that the work be done in groups or as a class, not individually. It is best if groups remain the same throughout.
If the classrooms or labs are well-equipped, groups can go through the site in the classroom.
If the classrooms have limited capabilities, the teacher can either assign user time to each group or print out the weeks units and distribute them in class.
Participants may choose to concentrate on the "Ideal City" activity. However, keep in mind that the program is integrated so that each unit and its activities should be considered not simply part of the learning process, but also part of the planning process for the creation of a city designed by the students.
"The Ideal City" activity builds up on itself every week and should be be the end result of the curriculum. However, there should be no pressure to complete the design of "The Ideal City" by the end of the six weeks -- the completion of your "Ideal City" could come at a later date.
The form your "Ideal City" will take depends entirely on the teacher and the students. Here are some suggestions.
This curriculum is part of U.N. Publications CyberSchoolBus project. It was developed by the coordinator of the project in conjunction with 5 teachers from around the world. For more information on content or design please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.