Getting To Know
Grounded In The Lives of Our Students
It’s very important for students to be aware
of their surroundings and the role of the
people in their community.
Students will be given hands on experience
to better understand their community
through field trips and guest speakers.
Key Perspectives, contd.
Hopeful, Joyful, Kind, Visionary
Visual displays will be provided for students
to see the roles of people in their
community. (procedures for fire,
Students will think about what to do in
certain situations and questions will be
asked to enhance their learning.
In current placements, guest speakers
and field trips have already taken place
to talk to the students about health
related issues and emergency situations.
For example, park officials, the Health
Department, policemen, nurses, fireman,
dentists have all been in to talk with the
Takaki – chapters from Takaki have made
reference to certain racial and ethnic groups
and how they are struggling through life.
There is a connection between the struggles
of those certain groups and the struggle for
a community to stay positive and work
through the difficulties.
Doing History – Children investigate
significant themes and questions, with
people, their values, and the choices they
make in their community as the central
State Goal 18:
Understand social systems, with an emphasis on the
Understand the roles and interactions with individuals
and groups and society.
Compare the roles of individuals in group situations
Identify major social institutions in their community
National Council of Social
III People Places and Environments
*Social studies programs should include
experiences that provide for the study
of people, places and environments.
1. Assists learners as they create their spatial views
and geographic perspectives of the world.
2. Helps make informed and critical decisions about the
relationship between human beings and their
The community unit is essential for kindergarten
students because they need to learn the concept of
what community means and how it affects them. They
should learn that being together and working together
as a group can be very successful and have a positive
influence on the people around them.
This contributes to the field of social studies because it
helps students understand the concept of social
Integrating the Arts
Students can create art work centering around the community.
Map drawings and coloring topic related worksheets.
Using Role Play
Students can work together to create skits centered around the
information they learned.
Students will go on field trips where they will have a visual
learning experience and explore further ideas.
Using Community Resources
Guest speakers will provide first hand information regarding
information in their community. Students will also be visiting
other areas in the community such as parks, libraries and
religious facilities to enhance their knowledge.
Background Info for
The teachers we spoke to about the
community unit plan have used the things
mentioned earlier and stated that they
were very effective in the classroom
Description of Literacy
Developing Speaking and Listening
Explanation of Literacy
Using Fiction: reading books that are fun and deal
with the topic can be read
*fiction books do have some truth to them after
investigating the ones used in the classroom regarding
the topic of community
Using Non-fiction: gives students the “real idea” of
what is being covered in the unit
Developing Speaking and Listening Experiences:
students speak out about what they are learning and
share their ideas
*by sharing, students are learning how to speak and
appropriately use certain language
*Guest speakers and teacher instruction are great
ways for students to practice their listening skills
The library officials agree with the use of
both fiction and non-fiction materials
*The librarians frequently supply
numerous books relating to the unit at the
request of the teacher
Essential questions – What are the
different types of goods and services in
your community? What is a community
and who is involved in a community?
Activity – Map Drawing
Strategy - Integrating the Arts
Purpose – To relate the community
awareness discussion into their lives by
having them draw a map of their
community. They can then share and
talk about what they drew in their
community and why.
Activity – Creating Skits (emergencies)
Strategy - Using Role Play
Purpose – The purpose of creating skits
is to help the students remember what to
do in emergency situations. They will
role play from what the guest speaker
has previously taught them. (e.g. stop,
drop & roll)
Activity – Walk around the neighborhood
Strategy - Field Experiences
Purpose – To explore the neighborhood
and talk about the different aspects of
what makes a community.
Activity – Trip to Library
Strategy - Using Community Resources
Purpose – To learn about the numerous
resources the community library offers.
Students will check out one book and be
able to take home and read with their
parents. Sharing time will also be
Activity – Shoebox Fun
Strategy – Constructing Learning Center
Purpose – Students will put important
artifacts into their decorated shoebox
regarding the inside/outdoor/household
community. Decorations could include
pictures of fire alarms, etc.
Activity – Interviewing School Staff
Strategy – Using Interviews
Purpose – To use media (tape recorder)
and ask staff questions of interest about
how they contribute to their school
Activity – Personal Experience Stories
Strategy – Using Oral History
Purpose – This activity is designed for
students to share their past or future
experiences of how they have or will help
their community. (e.g. household, school,
Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria.
Putnam Publishing Group, 1995.
Kalman, Bobbie. Community Helpers from A to
Z. Crabtree Publishing Company, 1997.
Caseley, Judith. On the Town: A Community
Adventure. Greenwillow, 2002.
Isoa, Ann and Chesanow, Neil. Where do I
Live. Barron’s Educational Series, 1995.
Unit Assessment Plan
Formative – We will not have the typical type of
formative assessment. We will grade their
projects based on effort and participation.
Informal - We will assess our students
informally by observing them during skits, oral
stories and their discussion skills, etc. To
conclude if this unit is worthy or not, they will
go around and share with the class one thing
they found interesting about their community –
responses will be posted on bulletin board.
Despite our grade level, much can be done at the kindergarten
level surrounding social studies. Too often teachers overlook
social studies being used in a kindergarten classroom. Our unit
shows that students at a young age can be aware of their
community and add
As a group we learned a lot of community and how we can
incorporate the many aspects of it into our future classrooms
We learned that planning a unit takes a lot of time and effort but is
well worth it in the end because of all the wonderful lesson plans
we created and developed
This will influence our future work because we are now more
educated about community and how to teach it to young children
who wouldn’t necessarily have had prior experience with it
Objective: To make the students more
aware of their community.