Community Helpers Marie Pitsenbarger ED 417
Community Helpers • Grade: 2nd • Objective: Children will be able to identify the following community helpers and the roles they play through the services they offer. * Fire Fighters * Teacher * Police Officer * Trash Collector * Nurse * Postal Worker * Doctor * Librarian * Dentist
Standards • Economics 3. Recognize that most people work in jobs in which they produce a few special goods or services. 4. Explain why people in different parts of the world earn a living in a variety of ways. • Government 2. Explain how a system of government provides order to a group such as a school or community and why government is necessary including: a. Making and enforcing laws; b. Providing leadership; c. Providing services; d. Resolving disputes. • Social Studies Skills and Methods 1. Obtain information from oral, visual and print sources.
What is a Community? A community is made up of different groups of people who live and work together. The community has a specific location (it is in one place), it has rules and laws that people must follow and the people work together to solve their problems. http://www.funsocialstudies.learninghaven.com/articles/chelp1.htm
Activity 1: Newspaper Search/ Collage • Materials: -newspapers/ magazines -scissors -glue -markers l
Activity 1: Newspaper Search/ Collage • Procedure: * Community workers have been in the news recently. Have students look through the newspaper or magazines for words and pictures of community workers. * Have students use the words and pictures they found to create a collage * Students should share collages and compile a list of all the community workers they found as a class.
Activity 2: “I am…” • Materials: * Clothing and uniforms of community helpers * Hats and other accessories worn by certain community workers * Tools and props of community workers http://www.hud.gov/kids/job1.html
Activity 2: “I am…” • Procedure: * Provide clothing, hats, and props for the various community workers. * Allow children to role play different jobs and consider how the service they offer impacts others by completing the sentence: “I am…” * Discuss with the students what it would be like if one member (community helper) was not there. What kind of effect would this have on the community at large?
Activity 3: Tour Time • Materials: -notebooks -pencils -list of interview questions http://www.hud.gov/kids/job1.html
Activity 3: Tour Time • Procedure: *Visit a local post office, fire station, or other community helper’s work. *Take a tour *Discuss with children the role of given community helper *Have students interview community worker with previous established questions and record the answers.
Activity 4: Writing Assessment • Materials: -Paper -Pencil -Organizational Chart (Four Square Writing) -Writing Checklist
Activity 4: • Procedure: *Children will select three of the community workers from those discussed throughout the week *Using the organizational chart, the child will write three ways that each worker helps the community *The students will use the organizational chart to write about their selected community helpers. *Students will edit their own work using the provided writing checklist.
Activity 5: Community Helper Bingo • Materials: -empty bingo cards -writing utensil -bingo markers -job description cards for teacher
Activity 5: • Procedure: *Students will fill in their empty cards with the names of community workers *When completed the teacher will begin by using the job descriptions to tell of a service provided by a community worker. *Students will identify the worker by the service or job description provided.
Unit Books • On the Town: A Community Adventure byJudith Caseley • Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman • People Who Keep You Safe by Cathy French • My Dentist by Harlow Rockwell
Community Helper Song Chorus: Community Helper That’s what I am.I’m in the neighborhood doing what I can.Community Helper That’s what I am.I’m in the neighborhood doing what I can. Verse 1: I am a doctor. I am here to help you …If you get a cold or the flu…Come see me I’ll tell you what to doYou might take a pill, you might get a shotLet me feel your head. Whoah, that's hot! Repeat Chorus Verse 2: I am a fireman. I am here to help you ..If you see fire or a cat in a tree, D ial 911 that’s how you get me..Your shirts on fire, stop drop and rollI don’t care if you’re 90 years old. Repeat Chorus Verse 3: I am the policeman. I am here to help you If you get lost don’t know what to do Just talk to me and I’ll show you I help good people take the bad ones to jail Put the handcuffs on, and we throw ’em in a cell. Repeat Chorus Verse 4: I am the mail carrier. I am here to help you I bring you the mail, and I pick it up too. I’m postal, that what I do Raining, hot, cold or snow Nothing stops the mail from going I can’t see your address when I’m in the fog. Repeat Chorus
More Songs • I'm a Police Officer Sung to: "I'm a little Teapot" I'm a police officerWith my star,I help peopleNear and far.If you have a problem,Call on me,And I will be thereOne, two, three! I'm a Firefighter Sung to: "I'm a little teapot" I'm a firefighterDressed in red,With my fire hatOn my head.I can drive the fire truck,Fight fires, too,And help to make thingsSafe for you. http://www.preschooleducation.com/shelper.shtml
Websites • Fire Station Virtual Tours http://www.kent.k12.wa.us//curriculum/vtours/fire/tour.html • Our Community Helpers (additional resources for lessons) http://comsewogue.k12.ny.us/~rstewart/k2001/Themes/community/helpers.htm • Community Helper Resource Page http://t3.pacific.edu/teams/M037906/resourcepage.html
More Websites • Printable Community Helper Word Searches and other Games http://www.apples4theteacher.com/word-finds/community-helpers.html • Your Neighborhood (online tool for kids in learning about their community) http://bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2/neighborhood/index.html