Unit Planning Chart


Social Studies:


  • Define & identify communities, culture, equality, & diversity
  • Role play community members
  • Timeline of changing communities/cultures
  • Make a culture pizza about family diversity
  • Map making of their community, home, classroom, school
  • Discuss: What does it mean to be a good citizen / community member?
  • Study the communities our ancestors lived in, locate them on a map
  • Identify some customs, symbols our community has created.



  • Weather, climate, animals of different communities
  • Discuss how a “pond” is a community within a community and what is needed.
  • Book: The Pond Community
  • Geology-how the area has changed through the years of the community’s existence



  • Measure distances for maps of classroom.
  • Use a scale to make a map of school, community.
  • Measure distance of an imaginary trip around community
  • Problem solving questions involving community
  • Voting- count votes in class, divide up a community for voting

Written Language:


  • Make a class book about “Our Community”
  • Letter to a community official or leader
  • Write a poem about their community
  • Write thank you notes to class visitors


Oral Language:


  • Learn words of different languages of those members of our community
  • Give class presentation using aspects of community learned
  • Readers’ Theater on a book about community or our class community book
  • Oral interview with family members about their community
  • Oral interview with elderly at nursing home visit



  • Explore arts of different cultures/communities-compare-contrast
  • Draw pictures of own community and members within
  • Design a community
  • Discover what arts are in the local community-types, visit

Student Reading/Literature:


  • Books about community and how they have changed/ evolved
  • Internet sites on community
  • Reading maps
  • Books about the people in our community-generations




  • Create a song to represent our local community
  • Create a song to represent our classroom community Ex: Mrs. Jones’ 3rd grade Community of Learners
  • Listen to music of different cultures/communities


Social Skills:


  • Equality
  • Respect
  • Cooperation
  • Service
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness

Teacher Resources:


  • City Hall/ Council
  • Nursing home
  • Mayor, police station, fire station, post office, hospital
  • Parents
  • Internet sites about local community



  • Discuss: How has technology changed our community? Made it better?
  • Use computers to create a simple community
  • Take a walk around community and take pictures of modern technology in our community-Ex: stoplights, electricity

Physical Education/Health:


  • Go on a walk around community sites
  • Discuss: How can we make a more healthy community?
  • Community Fun Run

Field Trips/ Guests:


  • Community members visit class
  • Parents visit class and share family diversity traits- teach a skill
  • Trip- Nursing Home
  • Trip- Community functions-cultural

Accommodations for Learners:


  • High use of pictures with simple labels
  • Time extension for writing projects, art
  • Aid with oral presentation, readers’ theater
  • Enlarged maps around classroom
  • Books on various reading levels

Read Alouds:


  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
  • The Gnats of Knotty Pine by Bill Peet

Culminating Activity/ Unit Projects:


  • Put on a program for parents, school, or community about valuing everyone in our community
  • Visit nursing home and share “Community Book”