Discovering Urbanization

We will use the Design Cycle to explore Urban Living using the Global Contexts.

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Before you begin:  As a class agree on a definition of the terms ‘settlement’ LEDC and MEDC.


Lesson 1. As a class watch the movie “Megacities”.

As you watch the movie carry out the thinking routine Connect-Extend-Challenge

Brainstorm: What did you discover about a settlement in an LEDC from this movie? What are the big ideas in the movie?

Record the key ideas that your class discovered in your notebook.

Lessons 2-5:

Get into groups of 3.

In your group, discover as much as you can about these questions relating to Urban settlements in LEDC. Record your answers on your discovery boards. You can add the ideas you recorded from the movie “Megacities”.

Your information should be communicated through a variety of means e.g. maps / writing / statistics / pictures 

ATL Social Skills – Collaborate Effectively

You will need the skills of – collaboration, research, thinking, self management and communicating to be successful.  You MUST WORK AS A TEAM.

Before you start, watch this quick movie about COLLABORATION

When you are collaborating you should remember to: Follow and lead, do your share of the task, listen respectfully to the ideas of the others in the group, be reliable. Which of these qualities do you need to work on?


In which parts of the world are most LEDC countries found?

What are the ten largest settlements in LEDCs?

How many people live in the largest settlements in LEDCs?

What different types of settlements in LEDCs can you find?

Why do people in LEDCs live in settlements?

How can the locations of settlements in LEDCs be explained?

In what ways is land used in a city in an LEDC?

Are settlements in LEDCs planned or not?

How do different settlements in LEDCs grow?

What are the differences between urban and rural settlements?

You must also build a vocabulary list on your discovery board that clearly states the new word and gives a precise meaning.

Here are your resources:


This link will take you to a short movie about cities in LEDCSs:


Introduction to settlements Key Note


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Lesson 6.

  • You now have 20 minutes to discuss what you have found out about settlements. You should all contribute your research to the discussion. You can repost the discoveries on the boards with connections made clear as your discussion progresses.
  • After your discussion you need to make a list of questions you would still like to have answered. Aim for a minimum of 20.
  • You must record your questions on a sheet of paper.

Lesson 7: Look at the questions you wrote last lesson. Sort them into two groups: Googleable and non-Googleable (non-Googleable questions should be worth asking and engaging).

* Divide up the Googleable questions amongst your group and begin to research the answers. Record all the information you find on the project board you have been given. As you go see if you can find links between the information you are coming up with and make those links clear on your board.

* Now look together as a group at the non-Googleable questions. Choose how you want to answer them. You might want to answer all of them or just one of them. You should work on your own. When you have the answers you must share your findings with the class.


In your  group of 3 you need to decide who is person A, B and C.

You will now interview each other.  One person will write down everything that is said without interrupting the speakers.

The topic of the interview is cities are bad.

A interviews B (4 minutes) and C writes

B interviews C (4 minutes) and A writes

C interviews A (4 minutes) and B writes

Now circle the benefits in red and the challenges in blue.

Now use this information to write a question that begins:

‘How might we…. ‘

and includes something about the benefits or challenges of settlements in LEDCs.


Lesson 8: In your groups think up as many solutions to the problem as you can. You have just 4 minutes!!

Now think up as many radical or stupid solutions to the problem that you can! You have just 4 minutes!

Now draw some solutions. You have just 4 minutes!

Look at all of your solutions. Can you combine them in any way to find a final solution to the problem? You must keep a record of all of your solutions as you will now make a prototype to present them to the class.


You will now show what you have learned from the process you have gone through so far by presenting the solutions to your problem. You will be assessed on this. How this assessment will happen depends on you. You will have control of the assessment.

Here is the task sheet:

Design Cycle Assessment 2015


Watch Austin’s Butterfly about the power of peer feedback.

Share your rubric with a partner group.

Present to the partner group. The partner group will give you specific feedback related to your rubric. You must use this feedback to EVOLVE your product and presentation ready for the final grading by your teacher.

You can have one lesson to fix up the presentation.