First in the packet is a non-fiction book. Really simply written, but I did that deliberately to make the abstract concept of communities concrete. Here is a sample of some of the pages in the book.
|Suburban, Urban, and Rural Communities.|
Second, I created a fold-able, where the students can write what the three communities are and have. Again, this helps to make the abstract idea concrete. I love the clipart I found from Tanya Rae Designs. Check out her store, it's amazing!
|Fold-able for Community Unit|
Third, I created three simple activities to compare, sort, and draw the different communities.
|Venn Diagram Communities|
Finally, I created a book list of fiction and non-fiction books that can help your students understand this concept. I am sure there are many more, and perhaps this list will help you think of more books. I didn't even include chapter books in my list.
Here are a few I did include:
|Washing, D.C an Urban Community|
This of course showcases a city, or urban community. I like this series because they really introduce many concepts that are important in Social Studies.
|New York, urban, rural, and suburban|
|Duck on a Bike, a fun book about the rural community|
I have always loved the book, A Duck on a Bike. So why not share it again with older kids in the context that although fiction, it showcases many aspects of a rural environment: farm animals, farm equipment, and the peace and quiet.
|Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs|
Yes, I know that this is fantasy, but the family lives in a suburban community I also love the Alex sevies by Judith Viorst to showcase a suburban community.
|The Snowy Day|
Peter lives in a big apartment building in a city, This book along with Cordory, have their characters living in an urban community.
Some chapter books: Cricket in Times Square, Strawberry Girl, Frindle just naming one chapter book for each community. Of course there are many others! I would love to hear your suggestions!
So head on over, and buy my latest packet! I found it helpful for my daughter, so I hope it helps others as well.