Communities Change Over Time: A Past and Present Unit

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2nd, 3rd, 4th
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The local community serves as the focal point for third grade as students begin to understand how their communities have changed over time and to make comparisons with communities in other places. The study of local history comes alive through the use of artifacts and documents.

In this unit you will find:
Then and Now Interview Assignment: Students will interview an adult about the past and answer questions about their own life. DOWNLOAD THIS ASSIGNMENT FOR FREE IN THE PREVIEW NOW!

Artifact Posters: Real photographs of artifacts from the past that can be used in place of actual artifacts for the “Guess the Artifact” activities.

Guess the Artifact Worksheets: Students will view pictures of artifacts (or real artifacts if you’re lucky enough to have them) from the past and be asked to identify the item and decide what it might have been used for in the past.

Guess the Artifact Matching Game: A matching game for students to identify artifacts from the past and their uses.

Primary or Secondary: This worksheet gives examples of both primary and secondary sources and asks students to identify which are primary and which are secondary. It also allows students the chance to create their own examples of sources.

Changes in Environment: After reading Window by Jeannie Baker, students imagine what their community might have looked like 100 years ago if they looked out their window. Then they draw a picture and write a sentence of what they pictured of the past and what that same location looks like in the present.

Changes in Business: For this activity students will begin by brainstorming businesses/occupations found in their local community. They will compare the list they come up with to the occupations found on the “Occupations From the Past” handout and answer the rest of the questions as they think about the impact businesses can make in their community.

Changes in Education: Students will read the included article, “Schools in the Past”. Then they will use the information to compare schools in the past and the present on the venn diagram worksheet and on the cut and paste picture sort worksheet.

Changes in Communication: After students have learned about past forms of communication, they will need to come up with a form of communication they think might exist in the future. They will draw a picture and write a description. Extension: Have your students pretend that they work for a newspaper in the past and write all about a day in the life of a student on the “Read All About It” handout.

Changes in Transportation: Students will show transportation over time by creating a flipbook. After they fold and cut they will draw a picture of a form of transportation from the past, the present, and possibly the future and describe them inside.

Communities Change Quiz: Questions covering information the students learned throughout the unit.
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Communities Change Over Time: A Past and Present Unit
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