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Water Systems: Philadelphia and Ancient Athens   Tags: urban studies  

In this unit students will compare the water systems of Philadelphia and Ancient Athens to explore some of the reasons cities develop in certain ways.
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water systems: needs and resources

1. In this lesson the instructor may use a power point presentation (see materials) to introduce the students to the water systems of both Philadelphia and Ancient Athens and then have students engage in a discussion about how and why each system came about, focusing on what needs and resources were present and how these impacted the systems that came about.


classroom needs and resources

1. As a follow up project, students and instructor may brainstorm needs and resources of the classroom and decide on a project the incorporates both of these things. For example, perhaps students feel that the classroom needs more decoration and that craft supplies are a resource of the classroom-students can then make decorations for the classroom.

   a. Students should reflect on how thinking about the needs and resources of the classroom led to a positive change in the classroom.


potential additional project: city resources

1. In this lesson the instructor may present profiles of a few ancient Greek cities to students, focusing on the resources of these cities and how these resources impacted the formation of the city. The instructor may then propose some resources that Philadelphia has and ask students to discuss how these resources impact Philadelphia (socially, culturally, physically, etc.) 


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