LOGAN COMMUNITY

 

WEEK 1

Day 1 ~ Begin with a word web to find out what the students know about communities. Talk about the different types of communities that exist (family, neighborhood, Logan, state, country), and the important elements of a community. Discuss the importance of including laws and rules.

Day 2 ~ Explore neighborhoods and families. Talk about the significance of keeping records of events. Have the children draw their neighborhood, and then choose an activity or event that they would like to remember. Once they have done this, the students will write about that event. Make sure they include names, places, etc.

Day 3 ~ Mapping. Talk to the students about giving directions; how might they use addresses and maps to help in this. Discuss the elements of maps (key, compass, symbols). After studying various maps, the students will be given a map of the playground. If they read the map correctly, they will find a "treasure."

Day 4 ~ Compare the differences found in communities of the city and country life. Read books which illustrate some of these differences and similarities. Classify Logan and the surrounding cities. Students then participate in activities which can be found in both the city and the country (dance, music, games, etc.).

WEEK 2

Day 1 ~ After the students have an idea of the community and what it is like now, take a trip back to early Logan. Talk about the founding of Logan. Agriculture played a large role in this. Discuss the five Fs of agriculture. Have the class participate in making ice cream.

Day 2 ~ We put together a Corel presentation of pictures in Logan. The class will talk about some of the changes they see between the pictures and present day Logan. We will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of change.

Day 3 ~ Community workers and graphs. Students will identify some of the jobs in the community. We will talk about various responsibilities. The students will choose a job that they might like and write the title of this on construction paper. They will then make bar graphs by using their bodies and by taping the paper onto the wall.

Day 4 & 5 ~ Students will take the information they have been studying over the past two weeks and create a community. As a class, decide on the buildings, places, and resources that should be included. The students will use milk cartons, construction paper, markers, and glue to complete one element of the community. The class can decide on the name of the community, laws, etc.

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