Lesson Plan

Urban, Suburban, or Rural

Students will have a blast as they engage in interactive projects to learn about the characteristics of urban, suburban, and rural communities. This lesson will help them develop both their writing and social-studies skills.
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Learning Objectives

Students will identify and categorize the characteristics of rural, urban, and suburban communities

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(15 minutes)
  • Begin your lesson by introducing the vocabulary words and discussing the definition of each term. Display pictures of each type of community.
  • Students’ background knowledge will impact their understanding of the terms. Start your introduction of the terms by selecting the term that identifies the type of community they live in.
  • After discussing the first term, continue discussing each vocabulary word as a whole group.
  • Ask for student input for each vocabulary word. All definitions should include the information that helps identify the community and explains where people work, live, and play within that community.
  • Check for understanding after all the vocabulary words have been reviewed and discussed.
  • Beginning: Have ELs turn to a partner to repeat the definition of community, either in English or their home language (L1). If needed, provide the sentence stem: "A community is __________."

  • Intermediate: Have ELs turn to a partner to repeat the definition of community.