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What's in Your Community?

This social studies lesson gets students learning all about their communities. After reading an engaging book, students make their own community pictures.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Describing Our Homes pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Describing Our Homes pre-lesson.

Students will be able to describe their communities.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
  • Ask students what they see in their neighborhoods.
  • Tell students that the people and places in their neighborhood make up their communities.
(15 minutes)
  • Read aloud This Is My Neighborhood.
  • Ask students to make connections between what they see in the book and what they see in their neighborhoods. Have students turn to a partner and share one thing that is the same and one thing that is different.
  • Have the group come back together and share their comparisons.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that they will be drawing pictures of the people, places, and things in their communities.
  • Show students how to draw pictures of houses, stores, and community members.
(15 minutes)
  • Hand out the papers to each student. Have them work independently to complete their community pictures.

Support:

  • Talk with students about the things in their neighborhood that they can include in their pictures before they start drawing.

Enrichment:

  • Dictate descriptions of the students' neighborhoods.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess how students are noticing the aspects of their communities.
(10 minutes)
  • Display the community pictures around the classroom.
  • Have students go on a "gallery walk" to check out each other's pictures.

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