Lesson Plan

Community Helpers

This is an introduction to community helpers, after learning about what a community is. (Used with a Special Education class)
Ivy L.
Special education instructor
P.S. 130 Abram Stevens Hewitt
Bronx, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to identify different types of helpers that are in the community and explain how these jobs benefit the community. 

Subjects
English Language Arts
discussion
vocabulary
writing
Social Studies
Grades K - 2
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

1.    Begin lesson by asking students, “Who can remind us what a community is?”

2.    Teacher asks, “What does it mean to be a helper?”  Students will share responses.

3.    Teacher introduces the lesson by saying, “Today we are going to learn about community helpers.”

4.    The teacher will start the video, Community Helpers, from Brainpopjr.com on the SmartBoard. (TWO TIMES - the first time is for listening, the second time is to answer the questions).

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Creating
  • During the 2nd time watching the video, the teacher will briefly pause the video for students to answer questions.

                                    Questions:

                                    1. Who keeps people safe? (Knowledge)

                                    2. Who keeps people healthy? (Knowledge)

                                    3. Who helps run a community? (Knowledge)

                                    4. How can you become a community helper? (Comprehension)

  • After watching the video, teacher will ask, “What would happen if there were no community helpers, for example police officers, doctors, teachers?” (Synthesis) Students will TURN AND TALK with a partner. Partners will share their answers.
  • The class will discuss different community helpers (Teacher will list them on the SmartBoard to create an Anchor Chart) and how they help the community.

3 Guided Practice

Teacher will model filling out a graphic organizer for ONE listed community helper using ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool.

                                    Graphic Organizer Questions:

1.Who is your helper? (Knowledge)

2.What does your helper do? (Comprehension)

3.How does your helper help the community? (Comprehension)

4.Illustrate a picture of your helper. (Comprehension)

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Other — Writing & Presenting
  • Students will choose a community worker and complete a graphic organizer at their seats.

                                    Graphic Organizer Questions:

1.Who is your helper? (Knowledge)

2.What does your helper do? (Comprehension)

3.How does your helper help the community? (Comprehension)

4.Illustrate a picture of your helper. (Comprehension)

  • Students will share their complete work with the class.

5 Wrap-Up

ABCya!
Free, Paid
  • Students can make a word cloud using the list of community helpers.
  • This can be an extension activity or homework.
  1. Student would go onto ABCYA.com and open the activity Word Clouds for Kids.
  2. Student would type in all the different names of community helpers OR choose a community helper and type in words that would describe this community helper (ex. Police Officer, safe, protect, helpful, etc).
  3. Student arranges the word cloud to his/her liking.
  4. Student would print his/her work.