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A Social Studies lesson for creating community brochures
Length: 45 minutes
Performance Expectations :
- The student will be able to define what a community is.
- The student will discuss different aspects of their community(family, neighborhood, school).
- The student will create a brochure for their chosen community.
Materials: posters or pictures of examples of communities(family pictures, school pictures, posters of cities etc.), brochures for community highlights (could be a brochure about the Katy Trail for the community of Columbia, Missouri), construction paper, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, pencil, sample brochure that I made.
Discuss with the class what they think a community is. Talk about the different communities the children are a part of. These could be school, family, city, neighborhoods etc. Write the different communities the children think of on large paper or the chalkboard.
Show the children the posters, pictures and brochures of example communities. Tell them that they are going to make a brochure for a community they are a part of. They should be told again what a community is. Point out significant parts of the posters, pictures and brochures that you brought in to show as examples. They can use the construction paper to fold it into thirds to make a brochure. Tell the students that they can pick a community they are a part of and create a brochure for that community. For example, if they want to create a ‘family community’ brochure, they may want to draw pictures of their family or write what their family does together, or what their family means to them.
After the children are finished creating their community brochure, have them show their creations. Ask why they chose that particular community. Tell them to go home to their family community and share their creation.
The completion of a brochure with pictures and words about their community.
Observation during closing discussion.
To extend this lesson, the class could go on field trips to different community landmarks. Discuss how that particular place is unique to the community.
Reference: Otto, K. 1997.