What You Need:


What You Do:

  1. Ask your child to describe where they live. Have them share specific details, including the weather, transportation, the types of languages people speak, and where most people get their food.
  2. Ask, "How has where you live helped you be who you are today?" Maybe your child lives in the city and therefore knows how to use public transportation. Maybe they live near the ocean, which has made them learn about different sea animals.
  3. Ask, "What's the difference between where you live and somewhere very different that other people live?" (Example: If you live in a city, have your child describe what it may be like for someone who lives on a farm or by the ocean.)
  4. Explain to your child that they will be writing two stories about two different young people who live in different places. Have your child choose the two locations where the characters live (e.g. one in the city, one by the ocean).
  5. Ask your child what they think it would be like to live in the two different places they picked.
  6. Review the Similarities and Differences in Communities worksheet with them, and ask why it's important to understand different perspectives. Why is it important to understand differences and people's backgrounds?
  7. Ask your child if they have any questions.
  8. Together, work through the Similarities and Differences in Communities worksheet to guide your conversation.

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