Lesson Plan

How Do Communities Meet Our Needs?

An Interactive Lesson on Goods & Services in a Community
Kristy (GAE) L.
Media specialist/librarian
P.S. 200 Benson
Brooklyn, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Students will be able to identify the goods and services available in a community and distinguish between goods and services.  Students will identify how goods and services contribute to a community.    


CCLS: 1.W.6 - With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. 

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 1
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1 The Hook & Instruction

Teaching Point: How do communities meet our needs?

Through an interactive flipchart, introduce students to the vocabulary of the lesson including: goods, services & consumer.  Have students preview pictures of the people who provide services and various goods available in a community. 

Whole Group Resource: BrainPopJr Interactive - Goods and Services

Hook the attention of the children by showing an interactive Brainpop Jr. video, Goods & Services.  Assist students with completing the various activities on the Brainpop Jr. website.



2 Guided Discussion

Activity: Conversing

Questions for discussion:

Guide students through a class discussion about goods and services.  Ask questions such as: "What is the difference between a good and a service?"  (Depth Of Knowledge 2)

Chart responses of the flipchart on the Interactive White Board.

Next, provide an opportunity for students to "Turn & Talk."  Ask "How do goods and services contribute to a community?" (Depth Of Knowledge 2)  Provide ample time for students to listen to each other's responses and discuss their opinion.  Then guide students through a class share, recording responses on the interactive flipchart. 


3 Interactive Learning Activities

The activity is student choice.  Students should have about 20 minutes to work on the individual project.  Students should already be familiar with the programs Kidpix and Kidspiration.  If they are not, take a few minutes to demonstrate the most common tools within each program for the students.  Post the choices and directions on the interactive white board for the students to refer back to. 

Kidspiration: Complete the goods and services activity by dragging pictures and writing words in the appropriate boxes.

Kidpix: Draw a picture of goods and services you know.  Write a sentence or label your picture.

4 Share Session

Activity: Conversing

Share - 5 minutes

Your share provides an opportunity for the students to discuss the goods and services they drew and sorted in the activities.  Document their choices on the interactive white board.