The following list offers educators sources for additional curricula, classroom activities, and professional development opportunities to expand and enrich their practice.
Millennium Park provides a lively, modern illustration of many of the themes of the Plan of Chicago -- the importance of open space, transportation infrastructure and architectural integrity. This do-it-yourself field trip guide contains nine hands-on activities with emphasis on the city infrastructure for elementary students, particularly those grades 3 - 8.
This Chicago Park District guide, designed for use in a recreational setting, consists of short activities that encourage students or campers to play creatively with themes of city building and shaping the future. Intended for grades 3 - 6.
American Planning Association [partner profile]
The APA website provides information and activities for kids interested in their cities and towns, teachers who would like to introduce an awareness of planning issues into the classroom, and planners who are visiting schools to talk about their jobs. The site contains curriculum and lesson plans, a resource bank of websites publications, and activities and a website to help youth explore their community.
Chicago Architecture Foundation [partner profile]
Schoolyards to Skylines is a resource book available for purchase through CAF. It offers 47 lessons for teachers in Kindergarten – 8th grade, using both famous and lesser-known buildings, sites, people, and events in Chicago as tools for teaching units in social sciences, science, mathematics, language arts, and fine arts. Each lesson strengthens the fundamental educational skills of students and is solidly based on state and city academic standards.
The Architecture Handbook focuses on the design and construction of residential architecture for high school students and is available for purchase through CAF. Through hands-on activities, it teaches both the fundamentals of architectural design and technical drawing. Students also build knowledge and gain skills through group design projects, sketching, model-making, mapping, research, critical thinking, problem solving, and class presentations.
The Chicago Metro History Education Center offers an inquiry- and project-based history program for students, teachers, and parents in the city of Chicago and suburban Cook, Lake, Kane, and DuPage counties. As its core activities, the CMHEC organizes and administers a “History Fair” academic competition for students in grades 6–12, develops curricular and educational materials, and conducts professional development workshops.
CUBE, the Center for Understanding the Built Environment, specializes in community-based education intended to bring together educators, kids, and community partners to effect change. The website offers free lesson plans for doing community outreach projects, as well as curriculum materials and other resources that are available for purchase.
Friends of the Chicago River [partner profile]
Friends of the Chicago River’s dynamic education program, the Chicago River Schools Network, provides K–12 teachers with the training and personalized assistance they need to take their students on an adventure into the turbulent history, evolving ecology and improving health of the Chicago River.
Openlands [partner profile]
The Green Teacher Network is Chicago’s educational resource network for schools with gardens or “growing windowsills” that use gardening activities to support curricular goals. GTN was created to sustain existing gardens and for teachers who found the school garden an exciting vehicle for action-based teaching of math, science, reading and social studies.
Educators Resource Guide
Incorporate the study of metropolitan Chicago into daily teaching with this collection of resources that links to lessons, activities and multiple educational resources across a variety of academic disciplines. [Download PDF or View Program On-Line]
The online Encyclopedia of Chicago has a wealth of information including a fully digitized copy of the Burnham Plan.
Explore Daniel Burnham’s vision of an ideal city with an interactive map of the World’s Fair of 1893.
Think you know Chicago and the 'burbs? Play this online game that challenges your knowledge of the Chicago region.
Schools and universities throughout the region are developing events and projects during the Burnham Plan Centennial.
The Burnham Blog
Several articles were written about Centennial education programs throughout 2009 on the Burnham Blog. To read these articles and browse other related posts, click here.
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