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- Colleen M., Special Education Teacher
- Virginia Beach, VA
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Help your young citizens explore their community in this thorough lesson. They research attributes of their neighborhood and collaborate to design a slide show that features the community. Individually, they design, create, and present a booklet promoting their community. Be sensitive to this lesson's content depending on your demographic.
Young learners examine different places in their neighborhood using informational texts. First they identify a place that they like to play and predict if it will be in the nonfiction book Community at Play.They will share their favorite place and their prediction with a partner before listening to the story. Several extension ideas are included including a dramatic play and oral story problems.
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.
What is a community? Explore the idea of community by investigating countries that have experienced severe damage. Learners discuss the horrible aftermath the 2011 earthquake had on Japan's infrastructure after the tsunami it caused. They discuss ways they could help Japan by fundraising and sharing knowledge of the disaster.
Sand Mandala's 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. Then pupils work together in a series of community building activities. Close-up images and analysis notes provide an in-depth look at the symbolism found in this healing art form.
Problem solving comes in all shapes and sizes. Small groups rotate through several stations, where they use technological tools, such as cameras and desk top publishing to create a product that shows multiple aspects that comprise their community. Projects include an electronic poster, flyer, newsletter, or documentary style film.
A project-based learning plan focuses on landscapes in the community. After identifying problems, such as dead trees or misplaced automatic sprinklers, learners design solutions, contact local organizations to fix the problems, and do all the necessary work to correct the problems. A general outline of steps and resources needed to complete this project are provided.
Here is lesson 5 from a 7 lesson unit on using blogging to create a community of writers. The aim of this lesson is to get students writing about what Archaeologists do and how they use material data to study the past. They compose a story where they imagine they are an archaeologist on a dig in Africa. They edit, post their stories on the class blog, and make comments of their peers stories. Great lesson on its own or in the context of the unit.
Use the power of the pen to persuade others to get involved in community issues! Individuals reflect on personal service learning activities and the writing process. They compose essays regarding service to others. While designed for high school classes, this could easily be adapted to middle school or even elementary levels.