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        Oregon | Activity 8.6: Portland City Planning

        Students watch a video that describes city planning in Portland. They learn definitions of new words, including “urban,” “suburban,” and “rural.” Students then define these new vocabulary words on a worksheet and discuss them as a class.

        Lesson Summary

        Students watch a video that describes city planning in Portland. They learn definitions of new words, including “urban,” “suburban,” and “rural.” Students then define these new vocabulary words on a worksheet and discuss them as a class.

        This lesson is part of "Great States: Oregon | Unit 8: Modern Oregon & State Symbols." In this unit, students will consider Oregon’s natural and cultural heritage, as well as the state’s current day strengths and challenges. Students also learn about the state’s symbols and their meanings.

        Time Allotment

        15 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        4.10: Compare and contrast varying patterns of settlements in Oregon, past and present, and consider future trends.

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        Directions

        1. Distribute the City Planning handout to students.

        1. Tell students they are going to watch a video about cities and suburbs post World War II. Ask them to listen for the terms on the handout and write in the definitions as they understand the words.

        1. Play the video, Portland: A Sense of Place. [3:07]

        1. After the video, give students five minutes to complete their handout. This can be done individually or in small groups.

        1. Have students share and discuss their definitions with the class as a whole.

        Answer Key:

        1. Suburban sprawl – small groups of housing that rely on the main city

        2. Suburban – outside the city, but not in the farm area

        3. Rural – outside the city and suburbs, where farms are found

        4. Urbanization – when more people (and more land is used to) live in cities

        5. Land Use Plan – governments plan for how land can be used

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