This is one of six education resource topics created for teachers of geography. This page investigates planning and decision making processes and the implementation of SmartGrowth in more detail through current case studies.

The chart below outlines all activities that can be used in the classroom as well as assessment information. This resource is most suitable for geography achievement standards level 8, but can be adapted for level 6, 7 and social studies level 5.

Activities Assessment Curriculum Level Geographic concepts Geographic skills
4a

How natural and cultural geography inform our planning for growth

  • Existing knowledge brainstorm
  • Small group card exercise
Activity Summary
Brainstorm template
Activity cards 

2.2, 3.2, 3.3, 2.6, 3.6

6*, 7*, 8

Environments

Interaction

Valuing skills

4b

Planning for population aging

  • Information sheet exercise
  • Question card small group activity
  • Homework activity
Activity Summary
Information Sheet 
Information sheet (simplified) 
SmartGrowth three level Reading Guide 
Question Cards Set 1 
Question Cards Set 2 

1.2, 3.3, 2.2, 3.2, 1.6, 2.6, 2.5, 3.5

6, 7, 8

Change

Valuing skills

4c

Resource Management Act (RMA) basics

  • PowerPoint slides
  • Bus stop activity
  • Group critique / brainstorm
Activity Summary 
RMA basics worksheet 
PowerPoint summary
PowerPoint presentation slides 

3.3, 3.6

6*, 7*, 8

Processes

Valuing skills

4d

RMA internet quiz

  • Internet research quiz
Activity Summary 
RMA internet quiz 
RMA internet quiz (answers) 

3.3, 3.6

6*, 7*, 8

Processes

Valuing skills

4e

RMA 'fly swat' quiz

  • Physical fly swat game (group activity)
Activity Summary
'Fly swat' quiz answer cards
'Fly swat' quiz question cards 
'Fly swat' quiz Teacher Summary 

3.3, 3.6

6*, 7*, 8

Processes

Valuing skills

Opinions

Perspectives

4f

Decision making the SmartGrowth way

  • Class discussion
  • Decision making skit
  • Individual or small group information sheet activity
Activity Summary
Information sheet: Models of decision making 
Information sheet: Decision making the SmartGrowth way

2.2, 3.2, 2.6, 3.6

6*, 7*, 8

Perspectives

Processes

Valuing skills

4g

SmartGrowth - planning and decision making process

  • Individual or small group internet research activity
Activity Summary 
Worksheet

2.2, 3.2, 2.6, 3.6

6*, 7*, 8

Perspectives

Processes

Valuing skills

Opinions

Perspectives

4h

Zoning

  • Internet computer based activity and worksheet
  • Discussion
Activity Summary 
Worksheet 

2.2, 3.3

6*, 7*, 8

Environments

Interaction

Visuals

Mapping

4i

Māori geographical terms

  • Matching game
Activity Summary
Matching cards

All

5, 6, 7, 8

Perspectives

Valuing skills

4j

Process - Implementing the SmartGrowth Strategy

  • Small group flow chart activity
Activity Summary 
Process cards 
Diagram RMA Process - Plan Changes 

2.2, 3.3

7, 8

Processes

Valuing skills

4k

RMA consent process

  • Discussion
  • Small group activity
Activity Summary 
Resource consent process cards 
Resource Consent process diagram 
2.2, 3.3 7, 8 Processes Valuing skills