KS2 Lesson plan - development
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This lesson helps students to consider the changes that can happen in an area and the impact that these changes can have both on the environment and the people that live there. It uses an example of a proposed wind farm development and allows pupils to debate the pros and cons of it.
Students wor More…k in teams using Google Search and Earth to find out information on the village where the development is planned (such as how many people live there, the layout of the village, what the surrounding area is like). This will help them to get a visual perspective on the planned location of the wind farm to better understand the local issues involved. Using the ruler in Google Earth they can work out where they think is the best place to locate the wind turbines in relation to the village.
They then investigate the impact that proposed development projects can have on local communities and the environment. They research what impact a large proposed development (real or imagined) would have on their own local area and create a presentation that is either for or against the development. They can use Google Search to find some of the reasons why people object to developments and some reasons why they can benefit people and use Google Earth or Maps to visualise the pros and cons of where this development is planned to be.