Looks Count
Land Use & Community Planning
Project Overview 
Interdisciplinary Middle School Curriculum Unit Table of Contents 
Looks Count Introductory Slide Show: What Is Community Character?
Or download powerpoint version 4.8 Mb 
Teaching Resources 
Looks Count For Communities (NTSA Science Scope Article Jan 2004)*
(PDF 209kb)
Teacher Workshops or PDF
Design Guidelines Guidebook

Urban photo

* Science Scope Reprinted with permission from Science Scope, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000.)
Land Use Planning Lesson Plans

Looks Count!

Community Planning, Natural Resource Protection and the Visual Environment
An Interdisciplinary Middle School Curriculum Unit for Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Art

Copyright © 2004
Funded with grants from the Dunn Foundation, Warwick, RI
and Wege Foundation, of Grand Rapids, MI

Developed by:
  • Joan Chadde, Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education at Michigan Technological University
  • Ruth Ann Smith and Linda Rulison, Hancock Middle School
  • Jean Dunstan, Stanton Township Schools

To order a copy of the Looks Count! curriculum: Link

Looks Count! lessons are also included in Community As A Context for Learning manual by Jon Yoder which may be ordered FREE from the Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources This manual contains lessons, tools and resources to connect students in the classroom to their communities.

Featured in Green Teacher:

Linda Rulison's article on Looks Count implementation at Hancock Middle School was published in the recent issue of Green Teacher.

Linda Rulison, "Student Experts in Community Character" Green Teacher, #82, Fall 2007, 13-18* (PDF)

*Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #82, Fall 2007. One year (four issue) subscriptions cost $27 for the digital edition or $32 for the print version from: Green Teacher, PO Box 452, Niagara Falls, NY 14304, 888-804-1486, www.greenteacher.com."

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Looks Count! Community Planning
& the Visual Environment

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Michigan Technological University
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Tel: 906-487-3341


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