Community Helpers Marie Pitsenbarger ED 417 Community Helpers • Grade: 2nd • Objective: Children will be able to identify the following community helpers and the roles they play through the services they offer. * Fire Fighters * Teacher * Police Officer * Trash Collector * Nurse * Postal Worker * Doctor * Librarian * Dentist Standards • Economics 3. Recognize that most people work in jobs in which they produce a few special goods or services. 4. Explain why people in different parts of the world earn a living in a variety of ways. • Government 2. Explain how a system of government provides order to a group such as a school or community and why government is necessary including: a. Making and enforcing laws; b. Providing leadership; c. Providing services; d. Resolving disputes. • Social Studies Skills and Methods 1. Obtain information from oral, visual and print sources. What is a Community? A community is made up of different groups of people who live and work together. The community has a specific location (it is in one place), it has rules and laws that people must follow and the people work together to solve their problems. http://www.funsocialstudies.learninghaven.com/articles/chelp1.htm Activity 1: Newspaper Search/ Collage • Materials: -newspapers/ magazines -scissors -glue -markers l Activity 1: Newspaper Search/ Collage • Procedure: * Community workers have been in the news recently. Have students look through the newspaper or magazines for words and pictures of community workers. * Have students use the words and pictures they found to create a collage * Students should share collages and compile a list of all the community workers they found as a class. Activity 2: “I am…” • Materials: * Clothing and uniforms of community helpers * Hats and other accessories worn by certain community workers * Tools and props of community workers http://www.hud.gov/kids/job1.html Activity 2: “I am…” • Procedure: * Provide clothing, hats, and props for the various community workers. * Allow children to role play different jobs and consider how the service they offer impacts others by completing the sentence: “I am…” * Discuss with the students what it would be like if one member (community helper) was not there. What kind of effect would this have on the community at large? Activity 3: Tour Time • Materials: -notebooks -pencils -list of interview questions http://www.hud.gov/kids/job1.html Activity 3: Tour Time • Procedure: *Visit a local post office, fire station, or other community helper’s work. *Take a tour *Discuss with children the role of given community helper *Have students interview community worker with previous established questions and record the answers. Activity 4: Writing Assessment • Materials: -Paper -Pencil -Organizational Chart (Four Square Writing) -Writing Checklist Activity 4: • Procedure: *Children will select three of the community workers from those discussed throughout the week *Using the organizational chart, the child will write three ways that each worker helps the community *The students will use the organizational chart to write about their selected community helpers. *Students will edit their own work using the provided writing checklist. Activity 5: Community Helper Bingo • Materials: -empty bingo cards -writing utensil -bingo markers -job description cards for teacher Activity 5: • Procedure: *Students will fill in their empty cards with the names of community workers *When completed the teacher will begin by using the job descriptions to tell of a service provided by a community worker. *Students will identify the worker by the service or job description provided. Unit Books • On the Town: A Community Adventure by Judith Caseley • Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman • People Who Keep You Safe by Cathy French • My Dentist by Harlow Rockwell Community Helper Song Chorus: Community Helper That’s what I am. I’m in the neighborhood doing what I can. Community Helper That’s what I am. I’m in the neighborhood doing what I can. Verse 1: I am a doctor. I am here to help you … If you get a cold or the flu… Come see me I’ll tell you what to do You might take a pill, you might get a shot Let me feel your head. Whoah, that's hot! Repeat Chorus Verse 2: I am a fireman. I am here to help you .. If you see fire or a cat in a tree, D ial 911 that’s how you get me.. Your shirts on fire, stop drop and roll I don’t care if you’re 90 years old. Repeat Chorus Verse 3: I am the policeman. I am here to help you If you get lost don’t know what to do Just talk to me and I’ll show you I help good people take the bad ones to jail Put the handcuffs on, and we throw ’em in a cell. Repeat Chorus Verse 4: I am the mail carrier. I am here to help you I bring you the mail, and I pick it up too. I’m postal, that what I do Raining, hot, cold or snow Nothing stops the mail from going I can’t see your address when I’m in the fog. Repeat Chorus More Songs • I'm a Police Officer Sung to: "I'm a little Teapot" I'm a Firefighter Sung to: "I'm a little teapot" I'm a police officer With my star, I help people Near and far. If you have a problem, Call on me, And I will be there One, two, three! I'm a firefighter Dressed in red, With my fire hat On my head. I can drive the fire truck, Fight fires, too, And help to make things Safe for you. http://www.preschooleducation.com/shelper.shtml Websites • Fire Station Virtual Tours http://www.kent.k12.wa.us//curriculum/vtours/fi re/tour.html • Our Community Helpers (additional resources for lessons) http://comsewogue.k12.ny.us/~rstewart/k2001/T hemes/community/helpers.htm • Community Helper Resource Page http://t3.pacific.edu/teams/M037906/resourcep age.html More Websites • Printable Community Helper Word Searches and other Games http://www.apples4theteacher.com/wordfinds/community-helpers.html • Your Neighborhood (online tool for kids in learning about their community) http://bensguide.gpo.gov/k2/neighborhood/index.html THE END!