Daily Lesson Planning
- Display "Visit our community" and ask students about the neighborhood shown: Where is the school? Who is helping at the school? Where is the grocery store? Who is helping at the grocery store? Where is the fire station? Who is helping at the fire station? Then ask students if they have a school or a grocery store or a fire station close to their homes. Ask what other buildings are near to them and who helps in those buildings.
- Implement “Here's a helper in my community” (BB 68).
Choose from the following:
- Implement “Writers look for the letters that begin words” (BB 69).
- Do a shared writing about neighborhoods. Write The best place in my neighborhood is __________ because __________ and have students fill in the blanks. Write The biggest helper in my neighborhood is __________ because ___________ and have students fill in the blanks.
- Make community books. Give each child six pieces of paper—cut into the shape of circles—including colored circles for a cover. Have students look at the Big Book picture and other books about neighborhoods. Then have them draw and label important places, people, and things in their own neighborhoods. Staple one edge of their books together and have them create covers.
- Take children outside to the neighborhood around the school and have them search for signs. They will probably find street signs, the school marquee, recycling signs, shop names, handicapped signs, and other markers. Have them draw the signs they find. Afterward, ask students to share their signs with each other and tell why each sign is helpful in the school neighborhood.
- Show the opening of Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood or another familiar children's show set in a community. Ask who lives in the community. Ask what they do there. Ask how the people help each other and make the community a nice place to be. Then have children imagine making a show about their own community. Have them write a name for their show. Have them draw a picture to go with the name. Let students know they can even make a song for their shows.
- Do a simple social-studies lesson about the different places people live. Show pictures of cities and farms. Show communities from each part of the United States and each continent on the globe. Lead a discussion about what is different about these communities than the ones where students live. Then lead a discussion about what is the same. Hand out "Wild Places" and "Settled Places" and have students color the pictures. Have them put a star in the type of place that they live. Have them put a circle around the type of place they would want to live someday.
- With the children, recall facts about their communities. Write sentences about the facts.
- Have children share some of their community projects and stories.