Building a Classroom Community

Every year and every class brings a new set of individuals with creative, intellectual minds and diverse experiences.  Even in third grade my students bring a fresh perspective and interact in different ways than any previous class. Luckily for me, Social Studies in third grade is all about community. Our class is learning information about what a community is as they learn how to work together and build their very own community.

Taking a Role in the Communityjones-jobs

The first part of our community
requires every member to have a job. Our job board is filled with a variety of jobs that you would typically find within a community to fit our classroom roles. For example, our electrician in the classroom is in charge of turning on and off the lights.  Our librarian checks the reading zone for books not put away.  

Sitting as a Community

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Our classroom is set up in table groups and each table group has a theme of a different community. This way each group learns to build their community by working together.  When the groups take on different types of communities, students learn about the qualities that distinguish their group from others.

The Communities:

1) City Living (Urban) 

2) Rural Living

3) Suburb Living

My Lesson and Resources for Teaching About Communities

To learn about communities we read about them in the textbook and watched the BrainPOP Urban, Suburban, and Rural and BrainPOP Homes videos to understand what goes on in different areas.jones-posters

While watching the video each group wrote down the facts that described their community. After, students combined their information and created a poster with facts that included pictures of the things that described their community. They presented this to the class as a group and they each had to decide who would present what.

Community Themed Bingo was a fun way for jones-bingostudents to identify what they have learned. A fact regarding a building or community was called and student needed to identify the picture associated with the fact. The information was not limited to what was on the card, but information from the textbook as well. This was a great way for them to acknowledge what they had learned and test their knowledge from what others presented.  

 

Sources from Teachers Pay Teachers:

Community Themed Bingo

Community Themed Decor

 

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