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    By rhea

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    Here's a quick idea that you may be able to adapt to your community, state, etc. To introduce the idea of communities, I began by reading the book A is for America (An American Alphabet)as a read aloud. We briefly talk about what is special about the US and then I read I is for Iowa (an alphabet book about people, communities, events in Iowa). We then identify more parts that make up Iowa as a community. We then brainstorm ideas for our specific town and each student writes a paragraph with illustrations to create a class book named after our town, ie J is for Johnsonville.

    After studying rural, urban...students can complete Venn diagrams to compare the different kinds of communities.

    You can also have students buddy read sections of the text book on their own, write questions and answers about the section and then switch with another group...these questions could also be used for assessment.

    Just a few ideas-hope they help.

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