Lesson Plan

Understanding Communities

How are communities alike and different?
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 three types of communities, discuss the features of our community that make it special.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
English Language Learning
Grades 2
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1 Learning About Communities

Teacher will introduce the Communities flipchart, and review urban, rural, and suburban.  The teacher will then use Raz-Kids to read "My Neighborhood."  New vocabulary: community, neighborhood

Student Instructions

Students will listen for information about communities.

2 Discussion

Activity: Conversing

Teacher will ead a discussion about "Our Community."  How can we describe our community? (DOK 2)


The teacher will then facilitate a Turn & Talk: What features of our community make it special? (DOK 3)


Student Instructions

Students discuss as a class: How can we describe our community? (DOK 2)

Students turn to their partners and discuss: What features of our community make it special? (DOK 3)

3 Interactice Learning Activity

The teacher will explain the project and rubric to students and assist students with technology and concept as they work.

Student Instructions

Students will use Kid Pix, an interactive drawing software to illustrate their community.  Student should use the rubric provided to guide their work and include two sentences explaining their community.