Students will be able to compare rural, urban, and suburban communities.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Read aloud "What Do You See?" by Christopher Erickson: In a city you'll find tall buildings and buses. People are rushing. Everyone fusses. Around the cities people live and play. They travel by train to work every day. At night on a farm, you can see many stars. And across the hills, the lights of passing cars.
- Tell students that today they're going to learn about different communities.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Explain to your students that urban means a city community, often with tall buildings and homes close together.
- Remind your students that rural means a community with open land and sometimes farms.
- Define suburban as a community located near a city, often more family-oriented.
- Display a photograph of an urban, rural, and suburban community, and ask your students to identify which is which.
- Discuss the similarities and differences of each community. Potential discussion questions include: How do the people in this community get around? Do they drive, walk, or take public transportation?
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Show the video Different Communities.
- Draw a 3-column chart on chart tablet paper labeled Urban, Rural, and Suburban.
- Have students help complete the chart by describing what they noticed in the video about each type of community.
- Record each student's response on the chart.
- Then, have students place the photographs or illustrations that were used earlier into the appropriate column.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Give each student a copy of the Urban and Rural worksheet.
- Read the directions.
- Have students look at the pictures of urban and rural life. Direct them to write sentences to describe how they're similar and how they're different.
- Enrichment: Instruct your students to write a short paragraph about what they could do in each community.
- Support: Have your students draw pictures that reflect an urban, a rural, and a suburban area.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Give each student an index card.
- Have students write about what type of community their home is in and explain how they know.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Divide your students into three groups: people who live in an urban community, a rural community, and a suburban community.
- Have each group take turns telling about the place they live.