How does a city develop?
Tell students to work in their city-planning teams with their city-planning notebook and one computer equipped with SimCity 4. Using selected Screen Shots (e.g., the mayor mode information, toolbars, Timbuktu region, and Getting Started view, etc.), review with students what they will encounter during today’s activity and how they will navigate the region. Ask questions about what the screen shots show, and ask students to predict what will happen next. [This is a good opportunity to introduce related content, including zoning, transportation corridors, alternative energy sources, and infrastructure.]
Have student teams launch SimCity 4. [The opening video can be skipped by pressing the ESC key.] Ask teams to practice opening, closing, creating, naming, and saving cities and regions. Once they are comfortable, have them run the Getting Started tutorial and complete all its tasks before exiting to free play.
Be sure students observe and practice:
Ask students the following inquiry questions:
Have students write a reflection in their planning notebooks listing 3–5 important steps they
learned from the exercise (e.g., navigation tips, views, hotkeys, inquiries, etc.).