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"A Love for the Land": Where Are You? Who Are You?
Take a Walk Worksheet
Every community has a variety of ways in which it
uses its land. What kinds of ways do you notice the land being
used in your community? Take a long walk around your neighborhood.
Answer the following questions as you walk. You may need to ask
your parents or your teacher for help with a few of them.
- I live (in a city) (in a town) (in a small village)
(out in the country). (circle one)
- How many homes are there on your street? ______
Are most of them apartments or houses, or a combination of both?
- Do the homes have yards?
If so, about how big are the yards?
- How do people use their yards?
they have gardens? Swing sets? A place for dogs to run?
examples of different ways that people on your street use their
- If there are no yards on your street, is there
a park nearby?
About how big is it?
What kinds of things do people do in the park?
- How many trees are there on your street?
- Watch your street for ten minutes and mark down
how many cars pass by.
Would you call your street quiet or busy?
- How many businesses are there in your neighborhood?
What kinds of businesses are they?
- Which are there more of in your neighborhood:
homes or businesses?
- Approximately how far away is the nearest farmland
from your home?
What do they grow there?
- Estimate the amount of land in your neighborhood
that is public property (i.e. a city park, roadways, public access
- Is there land in your neighborhood that is privately
owned but is available for public use? How do people use it?
- Is there any property in your community that
has been abandoned (homes, farms, vacant lots, etc)? What kind
of property is it?
How do you react when you walk by a piece of land
that has been abandoned?
- List all the ways that your family uses the land
in your neighborhood or community (ride bikes on the roads, garden,
hike in the park, swim in the lake, etc.).
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