Studies Lesson Plan
Students will be able to
create a model of a community building that contributes to a class
Students will be able to
explain the purpose of his/her individual role and community
building, and how it fits into the class model of a
- Story: Roxaboxen
by, A. McLarran
- Enough sheets of
tag-board (or heavy poster board) for each student (approx. 8" x
- Glue, scissors,
- "Beautiful junk",
(cardboard, twigs, rocks, sand, paper, etc.).
- Notes home to parents to
help contribute materials for project. Also to let parents know
what will be going on in class. (If there are students who require
letters home in another language, be sure to make
arrangements)-Letters needs to go out at least a week before the
- I have found it useful to
break this lesson into parts, to help keep students focused on the
activity. This lesson is a good follow up to another lesson where
you might have guest speakers come and talk to the students about
their neighborhoods when they were growing up. Introduce the
lesson before a break (recess, or lunch) and spend that time for
your mini-lesson. Start with a simple discussion:
- Ask students who has ever
been to Roxaboxen?
- Then who has ever built a
- Then read the story
Roxaboxen to students.
- We have been hearing
about different neighborhoods from guest parents.
- Today we are going to
build our own Roxaboxen town. We want everyone to know and be able
to explain what it takes to make a neighborhood. And everyone is
going to be a part of it, because everyone together is what makes
- After hearing a feedback
of some of the things the students remember from our guest
speakers, discuss some of the different people who make up their
neighborhood, (or the neighborhood in the story).
- Send the class of to
their break, reminding them to think of what role they would want
to be their own neighborhood.
- The rest of the lesson
will take place after a break:
- What roles would they
each want to be in their town? And what building would they want
to be in charge of or build?
- How would they carry out
- Make sure everyone has an
idea to start with in the class, even if they are to build a home
(every town needs homes)
- Write the roles on the
board, so there are ideas.
- It is okay if there are
more than one of anything. Part of being a neighborhood is being
able to get along and sharing- but the idea of this lesson is for
each student to assume different roles in their neighborhood. Have
students work out a way of sharing jobs or thinking of more ideas
for their neighborhood.
- Instruct the students
they are going to take the ideas they chose and are going to build
their own Roxaboxen town.
- Each will be given a
sheet of tag-board and choose some of the other materials to build
- When they are finished,
their town is going to be displayed. It would be rewarding for
students to see their own work in the media center, or somewhere
displayed in the school.
- Have students push their
desks into a ëhorse-shoeí formation so they can work
in center of room.
- Have them get their
materials, and start working. (Remind them to share
- I would estimate 45
minutes for putting together their buildings.
- As students are working
on their part of the town, they may have questions about why they
are important or more specifically their roles are.
- Be available to monitor
the class and answer these questions.
- Keep students on track
building their own buildings.
- Walk around compliment,
and give constructive help to their creations.
If there are students in your
class who might not be in class because of resource, ask their
cooperating teachers if it would be possible to let those students
Students who are not
cooperating, give them the option of sitting out of the activity
(removing them) or being a part of the class.
When students are finished
doing their work, set up the classroom like a 'Museum'. Have each
student put their creation on display, and explain to the rest of the
class the following points.
- Explain what it
- What it is used
- And their role in the
It would also be good for
students to see their work either somewhere else in the school or in
the Media Center. If you are able to display students work, take a
trip to go and see their work up in the school.