Urban, Suburban, Rural Communities & Community Helpers Activities - 1st & 2nd Gr

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Stephanie Stewart
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1st - 2nd, Homeschool
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Engage your students in communities with this comprehensive unit about community helpers and the different types of communities, including urban, suburban, and rural. This community unit is jam packed with suggested lesson activities, close reading passages, and reading and writing extensions. Plus a unique STEM challenge!

Your students will learn all about urban, suburban, and rural communities and they will use their inferencing skills to learn all about community helpers. Begin your community unit by projecting the PowerPoint slides for each community and taking a walk through each community. Students will learn relevant key vocabulary terms, then read the text passage related to that community, answer the text based questions, and finally they can complete one of the extension activities. 

Urban, Suburban, and Rural Communities Activities Included: 

  • Key unit vocabulary with pictures for the different types of communities
  • Urban, Suburban, and Rural communities posters
  • All About Our Community Helpers Journal: Students will decide if each worker sells a good or provides a service. They can record their learning in the Community Helpers Journal.)
  • Text Passages for Urban, Suburban, and Rural Communities and corresponding text based questions for students to answer.  (There are two versions of each passage to allow for easy differentiation)
  • Graphing: Students will graph which community is their favorite type. Students response page to analyze the data.
  • Urban Community STEM Challenge: After learning about urban communities and skyscrapers, put your students into groups of four and challenge them to build the highest possible skyscraper)
  • Community Helper Lost & Found Activity: The teacher will first determine which community helpers their class will study. Then, pack one “tool” from each helper into a box and add the included letter from Mr. Jones. Open the box, read the letter, ask kids if they are willing to help him locate their owners. Students are using inference skills.
  • Town Mouse & Country Mouse Craft & Writing: Students will write a letter from City Mouse to Country Mouse listing 3 ways their communities are different. They will then create the country mouse craft to go with it.
  • Compare & Contrast Communities: 3 Venn Diagram Templates for students to record key differences and similarities between urban, suburban, and rural communities.
  • Rural, Suburban, and Urban communities flipbook to list facts about each
  • Communities PowerPoint Slides: When they are beginning to introduce a new type of community (Rural, Urban, or Suburban) teachers can take students on a "walk" through each using these slides. A character from each community will guide students through the community. The slides include real pictures of each type of community and highlight key vocabulary words that students will find in their reading passages, as a means to front load the vocabulary.  6 slides are included for each community. 
  • Me on the Map Books: Students will create a tab book that showcases their Planet, Continent, Country, State, City and Street using the templates provided. 

❤️This community helper unit is an engaging integration of ELA and Social Studies content! The extension activities and lessons make the content fun for students, which makes them excited to do the harder level tasks like the reading passages and looking for evidence in the text. Your students will LOVE studying different community helpers, their roles, and determining if they are service providers or sell a good.  

Save time with this communities resource! All lessons and activities are planned, text passages and all materials are ready to print & go! Plus, you will LOVE the teacher directions and tips that are included for hands-on activities.

While learning about the different types of communities your students will cover a wide array of reading and writing standards for 1st & 2nd. The text passages with text-based questions are all differentiated with 2 versions for each passage.  

ELA Standards covered in these Urban, Suburban, and Rural Communities Activities:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.8

✅ Please download the PREVIEW for a detailed look at what is included!

What are teachers saying…

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I loved how I was able to integrate this topic into all subjects because of this resource. My kids enjoyed the book and being able to relate it to math with graphs. They enjoyed themselves this week so thank you!” - Jeannie S.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I love this for my community unit. I love that there were projectable visuals for the kids to see!” - Miss C’s Firsties 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Great, great, great unit! The vocabulary cards and activities were fantastic!” - Kerry Y. 

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