Lesson Plan: Our Changing Community G 3

Written By: Cathy Goehring, Educator
Grade Level: Grade 3

Time Allotment

Three days:

  • 40 minute sessions for 2 days
  • 90 minute session for 1 day
  • Overview

    Students will:
  • Use different resources to understand our community is changing all the time.
  • Use books, photos, interviews, and video to understand changes in our community in the past and present.


  • Lesson Plan: Our_Changing_Community.pdf

    Subject Matter

    Social Studies ‐ Communities

    Learning Objectives

    Students will be able to understand that their community is continuously changing based on what students learn about how our community was in the past and what is happening presently.

    Media Components - Video/Web

    Learn 360 video clips
  • Video – Welcome to the Neighborhood: http://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?ID=227460&SearchText=Welcome+to+the+Neighborhood
  • Videos ‐ Community Diversity: http://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?ID=745699&SearchText=Community+Diversity

  • Optional video clips from PBSLearning Media
  • Video – Community Diversity
  • Video – Neighborhoods
  • Materials

  • Jubilee and Centennial books from our community
  • 11” x 19” paper 2 per student
  • Pictures from past and present‐as many as possible
  • Websites where historical photos could be accessed, downloaded and printed include:
  • Teacher Preparation

  • Check necessary books out of the library
  • Preview
  • Select and download videos to computer
  • Gather paper
  • Introductory Activities

    Day 1:
    Question and discussion to introduce the lesson.
    1. What is a community?
    2. What are some of the characteristics of our community?
    3. What is an immigrant?
    4. Why do people move into our community?
    5. Watch selected videos to introduce neighborhoods and diverse communities.
    6. Focus the students by asking these questions:
      • How do you define a neighborhood or community?
      • What is diversity and an immigrant?
    7. Discuss information on the videos and relate it to your community.

    Learning Activities

    Day 2:

    Discussion:
  • How do communities change?
  • What is physical change in a community?
  • What is diversity in a community?
  • What is something you remember has changed in our community?
  • Is anything changing right now?
  • How have the people who live here changed?
  • Where do some of the people who live here come from?
  • What is different about the way they celebrate holidays?
  • Who could you interview that could tell you about changes that have taken?
  • place in our community?

  • Field trip:
  • Take the class on a walking tour around our community to view some things that are changing.
  • Take a digital camera along and have students take pictures. This will also help students remember things that have changed.

  • Interview questions:
  • Students will choose a person, either a neighbor, parent or grandparent that they can interview about change in our community.
  • Students can either speak directly or call.
  • They may bring any pictures that people want to share with the class from the past.
  • Group students to work on writing 4‐6 questions to ask during their interview.
  • Interview must be done as homework.

    Day 3:

    Discussion:
  • Discuss the information students found out in their interviews.
  • Share any pictures they may have brought.
  • Use the Jubilee and Centennial books to look at pictures from the past, and present.
  • Discuss what they have learned.
  • Culminating Activity

  • Each student will draw and color two pictures from our community on an 11” x 19” sheet of paper. One will be a picture from our past and the other will be from our present.
  • Students will group the pictures together and hang them up in the hallway; pictures of the past in one area and current in another.
  • Cross-Curricular Activity

    Language Arts: Students can take what they learned and write a short paper.
    Science: Tie this lesson into the study of communities in science.

    Community Connections

    Students can invite some people from the community into our classroom to speak on their culture and living in our community. They can share what they see in changes during their time here.