• WATCH – Cue up the video below and watch it with the class
  • HAND OUT – Have the student booklets ready to hand out after showing the video
  • THINK – Give students time to reflect and complete their booklet
  • SHARE – Have students share their ideas with the class or work in their groups
  • CONSIDER – Go deeper by adding an activity from the extension buffet below
  • COLLECT – Collect workbooks till the next session
  • FEEDBACK – Record your feedback and share it on the website



Extension Buffet

  • DISCUSS – In the video, it shows images of what people who lived in the 1900s thought the year 2000 would look like. Discuss how these things compare to what actually happened. What are the improvements we want to make to life as it is now? What are some of the challenges to be faced when designing a community of the future? 
  • WATCH – View this inspiring Cities of the Future video (5:33)
  • QUICK DRAW – What will the year 2030 or 2040 look like? Invite students to do a ‘quick draw’ or write their own thoughts/visions. What will -insert your town- look like in 2030?  Ask: How old will you be?  How will you get around? Where will your food come from? What do you do for fun and recreation? What is your job? Allow 5-10 minutes for this activity, then pair share and have a class discussion. Teacher note: Depending on the feelings of the group, there may be a need for some supportive debriefing- How did they form their ideas? Does it need to be that way or are there other possibilities? Do they feel like they have agency in building their futures? Does technology hold all the answers? 
  • CLIMATE – Climate specific content *coming soon*
  • DEFINE – We use the word ‘sustainable’ and ‘sustainability’ throughout the lessons. Beyond Recycling defines sustainability as “meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. The dictionary defines sustainability as “the quality of causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time”.
  • 7 GENERATIONS – Seven-generation stewardship is based on the Great Law of the Iroquois First Nations that states “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation… even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine”. A generation refers to all of the people born and living at about the same time and is considered to be about 30 years. Have students calculate how long seven generations is (7×30=210 years) and discuss if society currently is thinking ahead. 
  • UN GOALS – Take a look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Could the community of the future choose to work towards one of these goals? UN Sustainable Development Goals

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