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					                           Teaching for Understanding
                                          UNIT PLAN
                                        My Community

                                                 Essential
      Explain                                     Question
                                                                                 Interpret
 (Knowledge)                                                             (Skills/Analysis)
 Read Aloud                            How do community helpers                  - Students will draw pictures of
      Community Helpers A             make a community a better                 community helpers.
         to Z by Bobbie Kalman
      Kimberly Maddox by                    place to live?                      - Students will listen to read
         Kimberly Weinberger                                                     alouds and respond to story
      Bear About Town by                                                        questions.
         Stella Blackstone

 Vocabulary                           Big Ideas Driving the                      - Students will dance and sing
                                                                                 songs about helping roles in the
     Community
     Rules
                                              U n it                             community.

     Block                                                                      - Students will construct a class
     Responsibility                                                             book.
     Symbols
                                         - Community is made
                                                                                 - Students will listen to and ask
     Sharing                              of community helpers,                 questions of guest community
 Music Connection                          not just places.                      member/speakers.
     “The Wheels on the
        Bus”                             - Even though people                    - Students will create a map of
                                                                                 their community.
     “Community Helper                    have different jobs
        Song”                                                                    - Students will act out
     “Five Police Officers”               within a community,                   emergency community
                                                                                 situations.
 Class Project                             all jobs are important.
      Class book
      Community
                                         - Community helpers                     - Students will take an
                                                                                 imaginary bus tour with the use
          Helpers Day                      share responsibilities                of pictures while singing an
                                                                                 adaptation of “The Wheels on
 Field Trip                                to make the                           the Bus.”
       To local police
          department                       community safe.
Perspective/Empathy                                                   Application
(Performance/Role Play)                                  (Applying Knowledge)
- Students will participate in a Community Helpers’          -   Students will participate in act-it-outs
  Day where they will role play different                        where they will demonstrate their
  community helpers at different centers within the              knowledge of emergency community
  classroom. Parents will visit each center to listen            situations by acting out what should be
  to students talk about their role and its importance           done in certain emergency situations,
  within the community.
                                                                 using visual and auditory cues.
STAGE 1- DESIRED RESULTS

Understandings(s):                                       Essential Question:

    -   Community is made of community helpers,              -   How do community helpers make a
        not just places.                                         community a better place to live?
    -   Even though people have different jobs
        within a community, all jobs are important.
    -   Community helpers share responsibilities
        to make the community safe.




Students will know entire explain box.

Students will be able to complete the entire analysis box.


        STAGE 2 – ASSESSMENT EVIDENCE
- Performance Task:                                      Other Evidence:

- Students will participate in a Community Helpers’      - Students will participate in act-it-outs where
  Day where they will role play different community        they will demonstrate their knowledge of
  helpers at different centers within the classroom.       emergency community situations by acting
  Parents will visit each center to listen to students     out what should be done in certain emergency
  talk about their role and its importance within the
                                                           situations, using visual and auditory cues.
  community.
                                                         - Drawings



                 STAGE 3 – LEARNING PLAN
Learning Activities:

See Attached
          Clarifying Content Priorities


                        Important to be familiar with:
                        - We may all live in different communities, but
                          every community has helpers that work together.




Worth being familiar
       with
                                          Important to know and
                                          do:
                                          - Vocabulary (community, rules,
   Important to                             block, responsibility, sharing).
                                          - The roles of a community
    know & do                               helpers (through role playing).
                                          - The places within a
                                            community.
   “Big ideas”                            - The ability to understand what
                                            to do in certain emergency
     worth                                  situations,
  understanding                           - How to make a map.




                  Big Ideas:
                    -   Community is made of community helpers,
                        not just places.
                    -   Even though people have different jobs
                        within a community, all jobs are important.
                    -   Community helpers share responsibilities to
                        make the community safe.
                                    My Community Unit Plan
                                Created by: Jen Meliambro and Elizabeth Bellisari

Essential Question: How do community helpers make a community a better place?



   1. Read Aloud/ Intro to Community
      To motivate the students, the unit will begin with a read aloud of the story Bear About Town by Stella
      Blackstone. This book will spark the student’s interest in communities as well as give examples of
      some of the people and places within a community. The teacher will then discuss terms with the
      students that we will be addressing during the unit including:
                    Community
                    Rules
                    Responsibility
                    Block
                    Symbols
                    Sharing

       These terms and concepts will be addressed in their most basic form so that any 3 or 4 year old can
       understand and relate to them. Students will also be introduced to the song “Community Helper Song”
       during music/movement time. This song will be sung throughout the unit during music/ movement
       time.
       Time: 15 minutes
       Purpose of Understanding: Hook, Where

   2. Community Helpers
      Students will listen to three guest speakers; a firefighter, a librarian, and a doctor from the community.
      Each guest speaker will talk about their job, where they work, and how important their job is to the
      community. Students will then create a drawing of one of the guest speakers. They will then share
      their picture and discuss one important feature of their community helper. These pictures will be
      displayed on a bulletin board in the class.
      Time: 30 minutes
      Purpose of Understanding: Explore-Equip-Experience, To

   3. Read Aloud/ Community Helpers (Continued)
      Students will listen to excerpts of the story Community Helpers A to Z by Bobbie Kalman. Students
      will have a better understanding of different community helpers such as construction workers, mail
      carriers, teachers, zookeepers/ veterinarians, and themselves as members of a community! Students
      will then complete a matching pictures assessment where they will receive a worksheet on three
      different places on a community; bakery, zoo, and school as well as a basket full of the different
      people of a community. Students have to figure out what place is represented on their worksheet and
      find the corresponding picture to glue next to it.
      Time: 20 minutes
      Purpose of Understanding: Explore-Equip-Experience

   4. Read Aloud/ Community Helpers (Continued)
      Students will listen to a read aloud of the story Kimberly Maddox by Kimberly Weinberger. This story
      explains of the role of a police officer within the community and how police officers play an important
      role within the community. After listening to the story, the students will learn “Five Police Officers”
      which will be sung throughout the lesson during music/ movement time. Students will then create a
      police officer puppet using brown paper bags, and previously cut out shapes (one circular head, one
   rectangle body, and two small oval feet). Once glued and completed the students will be allowed to
   role-play in one of the puppet center using their puppets and other puppets. The children will work in
   small groups where they will take turns acting out and being a member of the audience. “Sharing” will
   be reviewed. The teachers will observe the children as they play and ask guiding questions such as
   how police officers help the community.
   Time: 30 minutes
   Purpose of Understanding: Organize, Explore-Equip-Experience

5. Field Trip to local Police Station
   Students will take a field trip to the local police station. Students will get to tale a tour of the police
   station and ask police officers questions. They will get a better understanding of rules and why they
   are important to follow. Students will get to see first hand how community helpers serve the
   community.
   Time: 1hour
   Purpose of Understanding: Explore-Equip-Experience, Reflect –Rethink-Revise

6. Places Within a Community
   Students will participate in a class discussion on the different buildings within a community, such as
   the postal office, police station, firehouse, and school. The SmartBoard will be used to show the
   children visual pictures of the different buildings within a community. They will be introduced to the
   term symbol and have a basic understanding of symbols. Students will then create different
   community buildings using play dough and popsicle sticks. Each student will get to share and display
   their creation and mention who works in their building.
   Time: 30 minutes
   Purpose of Understanding: Reflect-Rethink-Revise

7. Map
   Students will learn about maps in terms relatable so that a 3 or 4 year old can grasp them. Students will
   be introduced to the term “block” and “symbol”. The students will then create a map of their
   community. Each student will get to create one symbol for the community such as a home, school,
   library, zoo, bakery, doctors office, police station, fire house, construction site, postal office, etc on a
   small card. Each student will get to glue their symbol to the class map.
   Time: 25 minutes
   Purpose of Understanding: Organize, Explore-Equip-Experience

8. Imaginary Bus Tour
   Students will listen to a special community rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus” song. This song will
   go through the neighborhood map they created the day before. Students will have a better
   understanding of community helpers and the community. After listening to the song, the students will
   draw one place and corresponding community helper using any materials they want (finger-paint,
   crayons, scraps, or markers), which will later be collected for a class book that will go in the class
   library.
   Time: 20 minutes
   Purpose for Understanding: Hook, Reflect-Rethink-Revise

9. Emergency Situations/ Safety Act-It-Outs
   Students will participate in a class discussion on 911, stop drop and roll, and fire drill safety and
   procedure. Students will get to act out different scenarios with the use of real sounds through use of
   the Smart Board. Through the Act-It-Outs activity students will get to demonstrate their understanding
   of what to do in emergency situations.
   Time: 20 minutes
   Purpose of Understanding: Evaluate, To

10. Community Helpers Day
    Students will participate in a Community Helpers’ Day where they will role play different community
    helpers at different centers within the classroom. Parents will visit each center to listen to students talk
    about their role and its importance within the community.
    Time: 30 minutes
    Purpose of Understanding: Evaluate, To
 Community Helpers Day




Dear Parents,
      Your children have currently been
learning about communities and helpers within
the community. To conclude our unit we will be
holding a community helpers day. We invite all
of you to join us as we share all that we have
learned about members of the community.


Thank you.

             Sincerely,
             Miss Bellisari and Miss Meliambro
                   Rubric




Consistently     Satisfactory   Needs Improvement


    Understanding
     of big ideas

         Focus



      Ability to
     function in a
        group
     Readiness to
         learn
Community Helpers
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