Help students discover, evaluate, build, and change their communities by using these lessons and resources.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Students get to know their way around the school's neighborhood by identifying features with the four senses.
Kindergarten teachers provide lessons that help integrate art into all aspects of a neighborhood community thematic unit and includes a comprehensive booklist that can be used for a shoe study.
Communities are brimming with vitality and diversity! Find out more with these hands-on activities.
Children will learn about their neighborhood as they work together to construct a town.
In this activity, children will think about different places in their neighborhood and then contribute a drawing to a group patchwork.
Children will use their classification skills as they explore people and places in the community.
In this activity, children will learn about the people and places in their neighborhood as they collaborate on a mural of their block.
Exploring the neighborhood and the people in it expands children's real-world knowledge and exposes them to new skills and tools.
Community Club Student Activity
From the firefighter to the veterinarian, community workers describe their jobs in read-along books.
What's the main idea? Students read about various types of jobs, identifying important ideas in the text and recording them on a graphic organizer. Then, students create trading cards using the information from their notes.
See how I use the fiction text, Gaby, Lost and Found, as a means to engage students into caring and becoming involved in their community.
Teach September 11th in a way that honors students' intellectual curiosity, yet is appropriate for their age.
Community service can seem far more daunting than it really is. Alycia Zimmerman shares how she started small with her class this year to donate 1,000 toiletries to a soup kitchen near their school.
Cue up the holiday music and teach your students how to connect to their community with the support of these lesson ideas and downloadable resources!
Kimberly B. Moore provides tips on community outreach and involvement in early childhood development.
Erikson Institute Pres Barbara Bowman discusses how the people in our neighborhood are a part of the "classroom community."
Many communities may not be aware that early childhood educators play an important role within community life. Here's how educators can forge community partnerships, bringing incredible resources and rich ideas to the classroom.
How to draw on your faculty, parents, and elsewhere to increase community involvement in your school