Helpers in Our School Community

October 10, 2015
by Lauren Pici

Who is who in your school community? In this lesson, students will learn about the people who work at their school and how everyone helps each other to keep the school running safely.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to name the people who work in their school. Students will be able to write about one school community helper and explain how that person contributes to keep the school community safe and happy.

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Lesson

Introduction (2 minutes)

  • Tell your students that they are part of a school community. Ask the class if anyone knows what a community is.
  • After some discussion, define community as a group of people who work together to achieve a common goal.
  • Explain that everyone at school contributes in their own special way to make sure students learn safely and happily. Give an example of a person at school, and a contribution that they make. For example: The janitor at our school cleans up everyday. He/She makes sure that we avoid slipping on garbage in the hallway, or getting sick from germs.
  • Tell the students that contribute means to help.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (3 minutes)

  • Display the PPT presentation, and walk through it with your class.
  • On each slide, name and introduce the pictured School Helper. For example: This photograph shows our principal, Mr. Jones.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Review the presentation's slides over again, pausing after each one and asking students to turn and talk with a partner to answer the questions: How does this School Helper contribute? What does this person do to help students and the school community?
  • Gather ideas from the students and jot down notes about each School Helper on the whiteboard or chart paper. For example: The school nurse is Mr. Brown. He helps our community by taking our temperature if we're not feeling well.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Distribute the School Community Helpers worksheet.
  • Invite students to choose one community member from their school and to draw that person in the space provided.
  • Ask students to fill in the blanks to name that person and describe what they do to help the school community.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Students who finish quickly should be given an opportunity to write more about their chosen School Helper. Ask them guiding questions like: What else does this community member do to help our school? Alternatively, ask advanced students to compare/contrast their chosen school helper to another community helper, such as a doctor or police officer.
  • Support: Allow students to use the notes you jotted on the board/chart paper to help generate ideas for their writing.

Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Review the School Community Helpers worksheet to ensure that student responses are accurate and connect to the concept of community.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Ask students to gather together with classmates who chose the same School Helper and compare/contrast their responses.
  • Students should consider the answers to the following questions: Which students wrote the same ideas about their School Helper? Which students had different ideas?

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