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Students investigate characteristics of a hero and give real life examples. In this heroes instructional activity, students read a variety of stories and discuss what makes people heroes. Students list heroes in our society, draw pictures of their hero and write a short sentence about why that person is considered a hero. Students also review the meaning of philanthropy, discuss why people decide to do good in their community, and complete a real heroes in our community profile.
Students participate in learning proper interview techniques to interview people in our community. They engage in this project in order to develop interviewing skills, to develop a better understanding of various jobs in our community and to develop basic word processing skills. They use a digital camera while participating in this project.
Students design tiles that represent their community. They discuss ideas with another class through email. They then create the tiles, fire them, and attach them to a masonite board to create a community mural.
An amazing, thoughtful, and introspective activity awaits your art class. They listen to an interview with incarcerated prisoners to better understand the prison system and its effects on family life. They create collages related to the key issues and root causes of incarceration, as well as the power of oral history. They analyze the concept of a social community by discussing Chagall's "I and the Village." 
Students explore root causes of incarceration. Various upper-level activities such as interviews and research are used to gain a full understanding of the problem as well as devise an action plan for halting the cycle.
Students investigate the architecture in their hometown by visiting buildings.  In this geometry lesson, students examine buildings through photographs and explain the different geometric shapes found in the architecture.  Students take a field trip with their class and investigate the shapes of a church while studying the different geometric vocabulary.
Second graders read about and discuss natural features of communities. They listen to a guest speaker, such as a park ranger to expand their knowledge of natural features. They go on a field trip, if possible, to a local zoo or botanical garden and take notes during the trip. They create a four-sided pictures depicting the four seasons and the class together creates a nature center in the classroom.
Students demonstrate background knowledge about their community. In this communities lesson, students define the term "community" and begin filling in a KWL chart to reinforce prior knowledge. Students continue to fill in the "want to know" section of the graphic organizer. As an extension, students take a neighborhood walk to discuss the various characteristics of their community.
First graders draw a picture.  For this community helpers lesson, 1st graders discuss different kinds of community helpers, draw a community helper using educational software, write a sentence about their drawing and use their drawings to create a class book on community helpers.
Students examine positive and negative economic incentives used in their communities. They recognize that incentives encourage people to make choices and analyze several examples. Then they discuss how different people react differently to an incentive.
Third graders explore homelessness in their local community. In this service project/social studies lessons, children research local areas where homeless people reside, discuss global acceptance and unity, and visit a local food bank.
Students investigate art in their community by taking photographs of the pieces.  In this art analysis lesson, students define art vocabulary terms and discuss where in their community they can find artistic expression.  Students utilize a digital camera to photograph the art they find and share it with the class.
Students reflect on the needs of the community and of the school. In this philanthropy lesson, students work in pairs to answer the questions, "Can kids make a difference?" Students understand the importance of making a difference by creating and executing a philanthropic project.
Students identify heroes in their local community. They discover that most heroes are ordinary people. They read a children's book of heroes together and discover what philanthropy is.
Students explore community helpers in order to explain how they fit into their community and the world.
Students identify important aspects of community and culture that strengthen relationships. They discuss pictures of national symbols.
Students effectively operate a digital camera and conduct basic interviews with Spanish speaking people in Spanish. They conduct in-depth interviews with interviewees in English, if possible, and transcribe all or portions of the interviews in Spanish.
Students research Los Angeles and its surrounding communities. They create digital presentations of the information they have gathered by answering the question included in the lesson.
Pupils examine crime and fear of crime in the local community and how crime affects young people. They examine crime statistics and see how to make comparisons about national government policy on crime prevention and reduction.
Pupils bake bread with a dual purpose: to explore, through the metaphor of baking bread, the potential dynamics and purposes of a classroom, and to begin investigating the idea that everyday things are connected to the local/global environment and that each of us has the power to effect change in the world around us.

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