Communities around the World:
Learning about People and Places
Classroom Implementation Ideas & Tips
This Student Project Booklet may be used a number of ways in your classroom. It would work well as a culminating task for your Social Studies unit. Students may work independently or together in pairs or as a small group to complete the booklet on a chosen country.
The booklet contains ample room for student responses and an additional blank page is included for your prolific writers who like to add lots of details.
For your slower paced learners, there are many boxes for pictures and diagrams so students can demonstrate their understanding. You may need to scribe for these students.
How It Works
The booklet is designed to meet a variety of curriculum expectations and it is very easy to differentiate for a variety of learners.
For slower paced learners or students on modified programs with simplified and reduced expectations, select the basic pages in the beginning of the booklet on location, clothing, transportation, holidays, food, home, language, etc. Students will require books and research material at their independent reading level.
Teacher Tip: Have students watch a short video on the country to collect needed information. If students are working in pairs, consider matching your slower paced learners with a stronger partner.
For enhanced programs and gifted learners or for those students who require an extra challenge, the latter pages in the booklet will require an additional amount of reading, research, and understanding of the political, economic and historic characteristics of world communities.
Common Core State Standards ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies K-5
When conducting research and completing the booklet, students will meet the following CCSS.ELA: Reading Standards for Informational Texts 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, and 3.10 and Writing Standards 3.2, 3.3, 3.7, and 3.10.
Evaluation Rubric and Additional Ideas for Evaluation
An Evaluation Rubric is included for the booklet. You may also like to have your students make an oral presentation to the class. This is a nice way to end the unit and it allows students to share their knowledge and become a subject matter expert for their chosen country. Oral presentations also allow students to learn from each other and it enables them to begin to make comparisons between different countries.
Kat Moors, B.A., M. Ed.