Lesson  Rural, Suburban, Urban (1-2 day lesson)
Content Area Social Studies
Unit Communities
Standards  2.1a, b, c
Objective Students will be able to:

  • identify, describe, compare, and contrast the attributes of rural, suburban, and urban communities.
Procedure

Clip 1:

Clip 2:

Clip 3:

  1. Tell students, “in our next unit, you will be learning about different communities.”
  2. Write the name of the 3 communities in a 3 column chart.  In one color write down what students already know about the three communities.
  3. Show Town Mouse and Country Mouse.  Form discussion about the differences between rural, suburban, and urban.  Add to the chart using a different color.
  4. Hand out the record sheet for students.
  5. Pull the second YouTube clip on the SMARTboard
  6. Direct students to record words, phrases, and facts that they learn from the first video clip (just rural and urban).
  7. Pause to have discussion/make connections and after the video is over, record new attributes that they learned.
  8. Show third video clip.  Pause to have discussion/make connections and after the video is over, record new attributes that they learned.
  9. Propose the questions (1) Which community do you live in (2) If you had the opportunity to move to a different community, would you? If so, which one and why?
Materials
  • class set of rural, suburban, urban record sheet
  • SMARTboard/YouTube
  • chart paper/markers
Formative Assessment Propose the questions

  1. Which community do you live in?
  2. If you had the opportunity to move to a different community, would you? If so, which one and why?
  3. If time permits, allow students to draw a picture of their favorite community and write a caption.
Resources
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