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Sand mandalas are transitory art forms that are created by a group for the purpose of healing. Upper graders learn how Tibetan monks create these amazing works of art, and study symbolism and metaphor. Then pupils work together in a series of community building activities before collaboratively creating their own work of art.
Upper graders and middle schoolers engage in a lesson on community. A class discussion kicks off the lesson. Pupils share things that they do as community service after school or on weekends. They imagine an ideal community they would like to live in, and brainstorm the elements that would make up such a community. They come up with a class set of rules that would help the community function harmoniously, and decide what consequences would come to those who break the rules. An interesting and thought-provoking lesson.
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. 
Building a strong classroom community is a huge part of our job. This idea lets the kids help define the rules, ideas, and behaviors that they want in their classroom. They'll work together to design a bulletin board that exemplifies the learning community they've constructed.
The Internet isn't a place, but it is made up of real people. As your young scholars will find out, it is a way to connect people and ideas to build a larger and more global community. They'll draw, discuss, and explore vocabulary as they learn about what the Internet is and how they can use it to connect with the community. Please note: The lesson does promote the importance of community in relation to the Internet, but fails to augment that reality with other options, such as playing with friends at the park, joining a club, or being a community volunteer. 
Get ready to teach a unit about community workers that uses Common Core literacy standards as a way to connect language arts and social studies. The packet is printable and contains teaching strategies, scripted activities, and performance tasks for reading and writing with informational texts. Children will learn about and discuss the role community workers play in their everyday lives, as well as explore the use of textual evidence in their writing and their speaking. Both the reader's and writer's workshops are broken down into comprehensive tasks by day. Worksheets, graphic organizers, web links, rubric, and standard rationale are all included.
Why do people spend so much time on social networking websites? Class members can discover the answer to this question and learn about community through a series of activities. After exploring social media sites, pupils discuss how to build community. Then, small groups draft their own social media sites guided by the provided graphic organizer. Wrap up with a reflection.
Who is not drawn to trading cards? In this lesson, 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 is part of a unit that can be found online or through Lesson Planet.
Here is a beautiful set of lessons on family and community. These charming, engaging, and meaningful lessons would be of benefit for any Pre-K through 2nd grade learners. The lessons are jam-packed with terrific in-class, and at-home activities. Pupils will learn about their own family history and will become more familiar with their classmates from taking part in these fine lessons. Very impressive!
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!
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.
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!
Learners explore the issues of urban and suburban sprawl. They work in small groups to create their own planned communities.
Seventh graders discover the similarities and differences between cities, towns, and rural communities. Using a Neighborhood map Machine, they create a Venn diagram and map of their own community. Students build a 3-D representation of their community.
Middle schoolers showcase their community. In this multimedia activity, students discuss what makes their community special and then create videos that highlight the features of the community.
Students 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.

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