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This lesson plan is on the Members of a Community

Subject:

Social Studies  

Grades:

1, 2  

Title – Members in a community
By – Scott Dan
Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – 1st – 2nd
E 325 sec. 02
Concept: Members in our community
Materials:
1. 12 x 18″ construction paper (a variety of colors)
2. Glue
3. Miscellaneous craft items (buttons, pipe cleaners, glitter, etc.)
4. Lined paper
5. Pencils
6. Crayons or markers
7. Large chart paper or marker board
8. Book: Tops and Bottoms, by Janet Stevens
9. Scissors
Preparation:
1. One pre-made Triangle Person. Do not add a lot of detail. Keep simple so that the children will not copy what you have done.
Procedure:
1. Read the book, “Tops and Bottoms,” by Janet Stevens
2. Ask the children if they ever help out at home. Is there anyone else who helps out at home? What do they do? Stretch this concept of “help-out” past the home and into the community. Ask the children if they can think of anyone that helps the community? If no one offers any suggestions, ask them who helps if there is a fire? A crime? Then re-ask the original question.
3. Make a list of all the community helpers the children can think of along with what they do in the community. Ask how our communities would be different without them. Do we really need them? Should we be afraid of them? This last question is trying to break the stereotypical bounds that have been created between such community helpers as the police force and society.
4. Once the list is complete, tell the children that they are going to get to create one of those community helpers. Ask them if they have ever heard of the Triangle People. Show them your example of a Triangle Person you have already made.
5. Ask them to go back to their desks and take out a pair of scissors. Take them though steps a-d.
a. Take the 12 x 18″ piece of paper and hole it the tall way.
b. Fold it from left to right (side to side).
c. Cut from the bottom open end to anywhere above the middle of the opposite side. Show them that the higher you cut up, the taller the person.
d. Take the left over piece and cut it on the crease. These two pieces can then be the arms of Triangle Person. Demonstrate how to place these on the person by making an X with them on the back of the Triangle Person. Show them that the points can face down or up.
e. Let them decorate the rest by themselves. Invite the children to brainstorm on what they think certain community members may look like (their uniforms). These may be written down next to their names and job descriptions that were written down earlier. (Note: this part should be done before you start to construct you Triangle People).
f. Depending on how much art experience the children have had in the past, you may show them how simple geometric shapes can be transformed into ordinary objects. For example, a blue circle cut in half can be a policeman’s hat.
6. After each child gets done, have them write a little bit about their community member. If this is done in the beginning of the year, pre-made forms could be made up to assist the children in their writing. For example:
My community member is a _________. He/She (let them circle or write in) helps the community by ___________. What I like most about (the name of their Triangle Person) is the way he/she _________________. Then leave a few blank lines for the children to write anything else they want.
7. Have each child present their community member to the class either at the end of the day or the following day (depending on when there is time). Hang these up outside the door in a large circle format. In the center of the circle have the words, “Our Community Circle.”

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