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Urban Settlement Patterns

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Geography

Government and Politics

Each student is to construct their very own dream home and examine the urban settlement patterns of the surrounding area.

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avatar Submitted By: Andrew Balzer

July 9, 2018

Skills

  • Project Based Learning

External References

Urbanisation – ABC

Urbanisation – ABC: This site is best utilised as a pre-requisite, it provides videos, games and extracts that relate to urbanisation

Amazing home designs

If the kids need some inspiration for a design, this provides some amazing photos that relate to strange and wonderful

Urbanisation push and pull factors

Urbanisation push and pull factors – BBC. A great site that showcases some of the push and pull factors that relate to the concept of urbanisation

Learning Objectives

  • During this Minecraft lesson, students will develop knowledge and understanding of the features and characteristics that surround their urban environments and develop an overall knowledge and understanding of interactions between people, places and environments. Additionally students will demonstrate competency in the stage 5 outcomes:
  • • GE5-1 Explains the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments. • GE5-2 Explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments. • GE5-3 Analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments.

Guiding Ideas

 

Start by having the students explore the concept of urbanization on the board. Look at its definition and causes, Australia’s natural increase of urbanisation, rural-urban migration and push & pull factors. Explore the ways that places and people are interconnected with other urban areas through trade in goods and services and the establishment of a community.

 

At the end of the lesson students take in account the environmental, economic and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of the newly constructed urban landscape.

 

Student Activities

 

  • As a part of examining the causes and consequences of urbanisation, students will have investigated spatial distribution patterns of urbanization as a pre-requisite to the lesson.

  • Students will need to survey the geographical environment and decide where the best place may be to start construction of their dream home. Things to consider will be access to fresh water, terrain, surrounding vegetation, environmental effects and of course, the view!

  • Students will also need to determine the best location for the main entrance, rooms, layout and features of their urban home and the type of features to include. They will also need to take into consideration their neighbours.

  • Students can then start designing their ultimate dream home. Ensure that the students are not only diverse features and characteristics of a range of places

  • At the end of the lesson, students will investigate the management and planning of Australia’s urban future, including Australia’s population projections, implications for growth and sustainability, strategies to create sustainable urban places and ways for individuals and groups to become involved. These questions need to be answered on a word document and uploaded it to Microsoft teams.

 

 

Performance Expectations

 

  • Students are involved and participate in the pre-requisite studies of urbanisation (exploring the topic on the board and visiting websites listed in the external references. Once the teacher feels comfortable with their prior knowledge, students may commence their Minecraft lesson.

  • All students are to provide evidence of their creations and understanding of the outcomes in a written word document. This document will be then uploaded to Microsoft Teams for feedback.

  • Each word document will display a number of pictures taken via the in-game Minecraft camera and exported via the portfolio tool. Students will then annotate features and characteristics that surround their urban environment and develop an overall knowledge and understanding of interactions between people, places and environments.

  • Teachers are encouraged students to have fun and enjoy the experience! Students are encouraged to provide tours of their urban environments to peers and even put their house up for sale to sell for a friend!

 

Skills

  • Project Based Learning

External References

Urbanisation – ABC

Urbanisation – ABC: This site is best utilised as a pre-requisite, it provides videos, games and extracts that relate to urbanisation

Amazing home designs

If the kids need some inspiration for a design, this provides some amazing photos that relate to strange and wonderful

Urbanisation push and pull factors

Urbanisation push and pull factors – BBC. A great site that showcases some of the push and pull factors that relate to the concept of urbanisation

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