In this unit you will find photographs of rural, urban, and suburban communities. Laminate these and have the students sort them into the correct categories. There are also labels and words to be sorted for these categories.
After spending time with the photographs and words sorting them into groups and verbalizing to their group members or partner as to why each belongs in each category, then the students are ready for some individual sorting work. The same photos and words have been provided but much smaller so each child can make his own flip book of types of communities.
There is also a collection of links that deal with mapping and communities. Students have proven that they enjoy using these links. The silence of the class while each child works through the interactive links is a clue to success!
A sample KidPix document of how second graders can illustrate Rural, Urban, and Suburban. The key to this activity is to have the students divide their paper into three sections using the line tool before they begin drawing. Many of the rural stamps (such as the barn and tractor) are found in the Western set of stamps. The students had a great time making this. Staple to construction paper and make a display of them all!
This activity packet is ready to use tomorrow and another great resource from The Original Gadget Girl!