Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wish List Wednesday: Communities!!!

Communities are one of my favorite lessons to teach in 2nd Grade. I throw the teacher's guide out the window (okay, I really only put it on the shelf, shhhh) and I grab one of my favorite units ever:



I uploaded this unit to TpT a few years ago, but I used the concept of the unit long before I even knew TpT existed.  (yes, there was life pre-TpT... hard to believe, I know!)

This unit uses letters from (imaginary) pen pals to introduce the 3 types of communities students will be learning about.


Letters are provided in the unit, but I always write them on chart paper and put them in a manilla envelope and have the secretaries deliver the envelopes to our class.

It's much more exciting that way!

Here's an example of a letter included in the unit.  There is a version of this letter that contains blanks for students to fill in after learning a little bit about this particular community.



 Posters, graphic organizers, and community sorts are also included in the unit.

As are extension sheets, activities, writing paper (for students to write about their own communities) and even an assessment.




It really is one of my favorite units to teach. You can read more about it here!

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34 comments:

  1. I am new to 2nd grade this year so I don't know yet. :) I enjoyed teaching about the Underground Railroad in 3rd grade.

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    1. You will love 2nd grade!! The Underground Railroad would definitely be an engaging and interesting unit!

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  2. I'm a science mind is my favorite unit is States of Matter. I love experimenting for the kids to figure out the properties and changes!

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  3. I am new to 2nd grade this year! I am thrilled to find your blog and your TPT products. They are awesome. I appreciate your hard work. I can't wait to try them out.

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  4. I love teaching map skills, too. Communities are so difficult for second graders, since they barely know what their own community is!

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  5. I love teaching animal groups.

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  6. This is a great pack! I like teaching Geography and The Presidents. They're both very meaty units.

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  7. This looks like such a fun unit!

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  8. I love teaching about Native Americans. I love how you use letters in your unit.

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  9. I love teaching about the history of the area we live in, especially how daily life has changed from the time when only Native Americans were here to today.

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  10. This looks perfect for my 2nd graders! I am sure that your students are very engaged with this!

    -Beach Teacher
    Primary Classrooms are Oceans of Fun

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  11. This is the first unit I teach in social studies!
    Julie
    julie_ann_@hotmail.com

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  12. P.S. I love teaching comparing and contrasting communities, especially with pen pals!

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  13. I love teaching about Families and Ancestors because it is a great way to get to know my students and share information about my family.
    The Traveling Teacher

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  15. I enjoy teaching geography and economics.

    Christinamclay@gmail.com

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  16. My favorite unit to teach is on number sense, we use a pirate theme!

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  17. My favorite unit to teach is the one when all the students make houses from school lunch milk cartons and we make a 3-D town. Then we learn about maps and turn our town into a map!
    Terri
    tmlbrown2009@att.net

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  18. My favorite unit to teach is life science, but this unit might change my mind about that! ;)

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  19. I love teaching Geography...especially our hometown and state!

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  20. Part of our curriculum in Socials is learning about different cultures. I always do Chinese New Year. It's my absolute favourite.

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  21. I love teaching about push and pull....my kids always love science topics!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  22. I love teaching habitats. My students really get interested in learning about animals and where they live.

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  23. (Sorry if this is a double-post) I like teaching about the important people in Florida History- they know some of the names and love to learn real facts they take home and share.

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  24. I love teaching about communities too!! I get to incorporate our own community into this unit too :-)
    This would be the best addition to what I do..... fingers are crossed!!!
    Karen

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  25. I love teaching about US symbols. Your packet would really perk up my unit on communities. I could use some fresh, new ideas.

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  26. oops! I forgot to leave my email. jaglanzer@yahoo.com

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  27. I always enjoy teaching the Force and Motion unit to my second graders!

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  28. I like teaching about economics to my second graders. There is so much to teach and they like learning about saving and spending money.
    CL14mentor@oh.rr.com

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  29. Great resource to teach L2.2b! I love it. My students don't get a chance to leave our region much. This would be interesting to them!

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  30. This unit looks amazing!!! I would love to incorporate in my own third grade classroom! Thanks for the great resource!

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  31. Communities follows our Citizenship Unit, and yours looks amazing!

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