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#1043. Community Helpers

Social Studies, level: Elementary
Posted Sun Apr 25 15:13:18 PDT 1999 by David Dooley (david_j_dooley@yahoo.com).
NAU (pre-service teacher), Flagstaff, USA
Materials Required: see below
Activity Time: 30-35 minutes
Concepts Taught: Learning about different careers

Community Helpers

Rationale: Students need to understand that there are people that have different types of jobs that all help the community in some way.

Objectives: The students will be able to name some of the different types of helpers there are in their community. The students will also be able to write down how the different helpers benefit or help the community.

Curriculum Areas Integrated: The curriculum areas integrated will be writing and art. Writing will be integrated when the students write down the three ways in which the person they picked helps the community. Art will be integrated when the students draw a picture of the community helper they picked to write about.

Materials:
1. The book -Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman
2. Blank sheets of paper for drawing
3. Writing paper
4. crayons, colored pencils
5. pencils

Procedures:
1. The teacher will read the students the book Community Helpers from A to Z.
2. The teacher and the students will discuss some different types of community helpers from the book and list them on the board.
3. The teacher and the students will come up with ways the helpers listed on the board help the community.
4. The teacher will then tell the students to select one community helper.
5. The teacher will tell the students to draw a picture of the community helper and write down three ways in which that person helps the community.
6. The teacher will walk around the room and help students that need it.


Closure: The teacher will be able to see if the students understood the lesson by having several students share what they did with the class after everyone else is finished. The teacher will also be able to see if the students understood the lesson by walking around the room while the students are working and seeing if they are doing it right.

Planning for Individual Success: Every student will be able to benefit from this lesson because all three of the different learning modalities are addressed. The visual modality is addressed when the students watch the teacher read the book and when the students share what they did about a community helper. The auditory modality is addressed when the students listen the teacher read the book and give instructions on what the students are supposed to do. The kinesthetic modality is addressed when the students draw and write about the community helper they choose.