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!
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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