Standard 18: "How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future"
- Computer with Internet access
- Photographs of the students' town or city in the past (especially if you are not having a guest speaker)
- Drawing materials
- take the Photo Quiz at the History Through the Headlines activity;
- discuss how much the cities in the Photo Quiz have changed;
- discuss reasons why cities change;
- listen to a guest speaker or view pictures to learn what their town was like in the past;
- discuss how their town has changed;
- draw pictures of themselved in their town in the past and present; and
- share their pictures with the class.
Acquiring Geographic Information
Organizing Geographic Information
Analyzing Geographic Information
S u g g e s t e d P r o c e d u r e
Discuss the reasons why a city might change over time. What factors do students think would contribute to some of the changes they saw in the photographs or to other types of changes? They might mention wars, changes in population, or changes to the weather.
Explain that all cities change over time, but they don't all change for the same reason. For example, some cities have been built near gold mines or other natural resources. When those resources have been used up, the cities sometimes become ghost towns. Other cities keep growing and attracting more people, adding skyscrapers and other big-city features.
Ask students to think about what their city or town is like today. What are some of the most important things about the town? They might mention the park, downtown, the shopping mall, or their homes.
Invite a guest speaker into the class to talk about what the town looked like several decades ago. Or show students some pictures of the town in earlier times. Encourage students to ask questions such as "Where was that picture taken?" and "Why was that building torn down?"
Have students draw additional pictures showing themselves in their town today. If their first drawing showed themselves working on a farm where the mall now stands, their second picture might depict themselves shopping at the mall.
Ask students to share their pictures with the class and describe the differences between the "then" and "now" pictures.