Unit Theme: How Global Are We?
Global Issue: Population/Migration and Changing Needs
Essential Unit Question: How will knowledge of other languages and cultures enable us to collaborate in seeking solutions to global issues in an interdependent world?
Targeted Question: What role do urban parks play in cities?
What constitutes a successful urban space?
Why do we need to continue to create and maintain parks?
Learning Scenario: Urban parks exist in every culture and are a magnet for bringing people of all ages and interests together. They exist in many sizes and forms from the sprawling and lush XiHu in Hangzhou, China that serves a city of six million to the compact Parque Central in Heredia, Costa Rica that serves a city of 70,000. For centuries, parks have served an important social function and ecological role in our ever expanding cities. As population density increases, the importance of parks increases as well.

In this unit, students will explore parks in target language cities. Building upon the language they acquire in studying both the infrastructure of parks and the functions parks serve in society, students will then move on to discuss the role of parks in their own community and in their lives. Additionally, they will discuss the impact population growth has on city planning for recreational areas. Working in groups, students will participate in an international competition to locate and plan new parks in target language cities.

Proficiency Level(s): Novice High
Grades: 6-10
Length of Unit: Dependent on minutes and frequency of instruction in the program
Interdisciplinary Connection: World Languages, Science and Social Studies