Brooklyn Transportation By: Rachel Berg, Cassidy Brody, Lindsay Girden, Alexis Hernandez
Essential Questions: • How do cities transform over time? • Why do residents of a city need public transportation and how do they benefit from it? • How do socioeconomic statuses play a role in the jobs people choose/have? • Are there both benefits and downsides to the various modes of transportation? • Why is green innovation important today?
Enduring Understandings: • Brooklyn has transformed over time. • Transportation is necessary in an urban environment. • Students will understand how different socioeconomic statuses played a part in the construction of New York City transportation. • There are positives and negatives to every method of transportation. • Students will understand the importance of green innovation in today’s society.
Unit Subcategories: • Introduction to Brooklyn • Bridges • Subways • Debate: Should Mayor Bloomberg raise the subway fares or build tollbooths on the bridges to help solve the (fictional) budget crisis?
Key Standards: English Language Arts: • Standard 2: Language for Literary Response and Expression • Standard 3: Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation • Standard 4: Language for Social Interaction Social Studies: • Standard 1:History of the United States and New York • Standard 3:Geography
Key Standards: Mathematics: • Standard 2: Information Systems • Standard 3: Mathematics • Standard 5: Technology The Arts: • Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts Science: • Science as Inquiry • Physical Science
Overall Unit Assessment • Encompass various learning styles (kinesthetic, visual, verbal, logical) • Integrate subjects (language arts, social studies, science, technology, visual arts, mathematics, social justice, field trips • Culmination: Digital portfolio
Overall Unit Differentiation • Differentiating content (modifying content according to students’ ability levels) • Heterogeneous groups (scaffolding) • One-on-one instruction • Small group work • Tiered lessons • Integrated subject areas (incorporating various learning styles)
Field Trips • Brooklyn Bridge • Manhattan Bridge • Williamsburg Bridge • Coney Island Subway Station • New York Transit Museum
Social Action & Social Justice • “Did You Know” Cards to hand out at the Brooklyn Bridge • Writing letters to Mayor Bloomberg to make our subway “green” • Debate • Socioeconomic statuses play a part in the roles people assume in transportation construction.