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How does community involvement make good citizens? Use all or a few of the included ideas to foster a better understanding of what it means to be a good citizen. Learners will brainstorm community issues, discuss how to get involved, and engage in several computer-based exercises. Note: This is not a lesson plan, but teaching ideas to be incorporated in a full lesson plan. 
Who is not drawn to trading cards? In this lesson plan, junior ecologists create a trading card of an animal or plant from one of Arizona's biotic communities. Gorgeous sample cards are provided in the lesson plan as well as a plethora of resource links that learners can use to collect information. When the cards are completed, collect and duplicate them so that they can be used for a small group game. This terrific lesson plan is part of a unit that can be found online or through Lesson Planet.
Examine fair trade and the impacts it has on the global community. Kids consider how t-shirts are made, where they come from, and how fair trade works. They design t-shirts that describe the affects of fair trade on various populations around the globe. After an economics website is explored, they investigate where common household items come from and how they are made.
Junior ecologists examine Arizona's biotic communities and research an animal or plant that is found in this community. In this lesson, learnerss write a narrative essay about their assigned animal or plant. They research online and in texts to determine relevant information. Finally, a class booklet containing all of their reports is compiled. It would make a wonderful showpiece for an open house!
As part of a unit on Arizona's biotic communities, young ecology learners create a map. They describe how humans and animals adapt in their habitat. They take notes and create graphic organizers from articles they read. Beautiful maps, graphic organizers, grading rubrics, and student worksheets are provided to make teaching this top-notch lesson a breeze!
Students explore the issues of urban and suburban sprawl. They work in small groups to create their own planned communities.
Students design a community and write a persuasive essay selling their design. In this community relations lesson, students learn about design concepts and use problem solving skills to design structures and events that will bring communities together.
Students showcase their community. In this multimedia lesson, students discuss what makes their community special and then create videos that highlight the features of the community.
Young scholars practice the comprehension strategy of identifying details to support the most important ideas in a text. They use a graphic organizer to take notes and then use the notes to create Community Worker trading cards. They share their cards with each other, pointing out the most important parts of their worker's job.
Part of a unit on Arizona's biotic communities, this lesson focuses on the vocabulary to be used. Terms include biodiversity, topography, desert, hybridization, niche, and more! Youngsters will define these words from contextual situations, use them in sentences, and then solve a crossword puzzle by the definitions. The rest of this outstanding unit can be found online or via Lesson Planet.
This is a great way to build community in your school, experience process-based art, and explore the critical-thinking process. While quilting as a class collectively (just like a quilting bee) pupils listen to poetry and prose of a social nature and discuss these pieces as they complete a quilt that represents issues of community, gender, and the environment.
Fourth graders plant a tree. In this sustainable forestry lesson, 4th graders define community forest and brainstorm a location to plant a new tree on the school grounds. Students learn how to plant a tree and discuss choosing an appropriate tree for it's location.
Twelfth graders construct a timeline to show changes and trends in the future of urban and community forestry. In this forestry lesson, 12th graders discuss the importance of trees. They read a timeline and add future events to show their vision for forestry.
Students determine the different businesses and buildings in their community. In this community lesson, students identify different community locations and their purpose in the community. Afterward, the students collectively sing a song dealing with the community locations.
What is real or imagined? The lines of beauty reality, and imagination are blurred in Elizabeth Peyton's portraits of her community. Learners analyze her use of artistic technique in conveying real and imagined communities. They then use multimedia techniques to creat a real or imagined community of their own.
First graders explore the different products and services provided by community helpers. In this community helpers lesson, learners participate in a role playing activity where the students transform into community helpers. They break into teams, one provides a service the other provides a product. Students are encouraged to work as a team to complete their task in the time allotted, then share what they learned during this lesson.
Tenth graders consider the impact of individual contributions to the good of communities. In this diversity lesson, 10th graders discuss the types of groups that people belong to as well as motives behind the actions of individuals. Students complete a jigsaw reading activity of Whale Rider and respond to the discussion questions that accompany it. 
How are we global citizens? This is the question learners answer as they consider all the ways they are part of a global community. They diagram their thoughts, share them with the class, and think of ways they can become more active in the community. 
First graders study community helpers. In this community helpers lesson, 1st graders explore different occupations. Students explore authority figures and investigate how these figures help the community.
Young scholars investigate the people and businesses in the community. They identify community workers with the business in which they work. Students discuss the various types of workers in the community.

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