Unit Plans

What is a Community?


Connections to Students:


This unit was actually about communities as a whole.  I had the assumption prior to teaching any of these lessons, that if I could use the community in which the student’s lived, then the information would be better received by them.  So I tried, as much as I could, to relate the activities and discussions to the community the students were familiar with.  There were adaptations along the way that needed to be made; student’s prior knowledge was not where I thought it would be.  The explanation of words used within the unit was a huge change, or extra piece, that needed to be added.  Overall, giving the students any lesson in which they could relate to was a huge part in the planning of this unit.  Their lives within their own community was the focal point of this unit; for them to be able to take what they learned about communities, maps, the environment, etc. and be able to relate it to their own lives was the goal.




I used the social studies curriculum I created to reinforce the reading and writing skills of the students within my class.  We worked on reading aloud together, reading independently and answering questions, and also on comparing and contrasting fiction books with real life. 




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