September 10, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas

Lesson plan

Helpers in Our Community

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Students will be able to identify at least 3 community helpers. Students will be able to identify the role and importance of community helpers. Students will be able to identify initial sounds and write the corresponding letter.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students if anyone knows what a community helper is. Ask if they think a teacher is a community helper.
  • Explain that a community helper is anyone who helps others by providing a service.
  • Ask students to list people who help others. Examples include police officers, firefighters, mail carrier, etc.
(15 minutes)
  • Then, read the story Whose Hat is This? Identify how each hat belongs to someone who helps others.
  • Next, have students go through the classroom library or selected books picked out about community helpers.
  • Invite them to explore these books and see how many they can find!
  • Have students select which community helper they would like to be when they grow up.
(15 minutes)
  • Next, stand in front of the classroom and explain that a teacher is a community helper.
  • Say why you chose to be a community helper and what you do to help others.
  • Have the students take turns speaking about which community helper they chose as their favorite.
  • Instruct them to wear the hats that match the community helpers they chose.
  • On the board, draw a picture of a teacher, and sound out the word teacher with the class.
  • See if any student can identify the initial sound for the word teacher.
  • Then, write the word teacher under the drawing.
(10 minutes)
  • Give students the opportunity to complete an expressive drawing and writing activity.
  • Have each student spell and sound out the words of the community helper they would like to be and that they spoke about.
  • Then, help them write that helper on the lined paper.
  • Instruct them to draw a picture of this person above the word.
  • Enrichment: Have students select multiple community helpers to add to their writing pieces. Give your students the worksheets to read.
  • Support: Have students find the books that match their favorite community helpers to help assist them in finding the initial sound of that word.
(5 minutes)
  • As an assessment, have each student go around the room and identify the letters in the word.
(5 minutes)
  • As a review, have the students take their writing pieces home to explain their choice of community helpers to their guardians!

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