Helpers in Our Community
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.
- 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.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling(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.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling(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.
Independent Working Time(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.
- As an assessment, have each student go around the room and identify the letters in the word.
Review and Closing(5 minutes)
- As a review, have the students take their writing pieces home to explain their choice of community helpers to their guardians!