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Social Studies - 2nd Grade
Standard 2 Objective 3
Social Studies - 2nd Grade
Standard 1 Objective 1
Activities and a game help students compare rural, suburban, and urban communities.
Farms, ranches, large animals, houses spaced far apart, sporadic traffic, and children riding the bus to school often characterize rural communities. Rural communities are often referred to as the country.
Suburban communities are areas located outside of large cities. They are often characterized by individual homes located in neighborhoods that have yards. There is less traffic than in the city. Children ride buses, bikes, or they may walk to school, while parents often commute to work.
Urban communities are areas of high population density, with people living close together (often apartments), and lots of traffic. They usually boast easy access to movie theaters, restaurants, subways or other forms of mass transportation. Libraries, museums, sports arenas, zoos, and parks are often found there.
1. Compare rural, suburban, and urban communities.
Invitation to Learn Students are invited to cut and sort the Community Characteristic Cards into groups. After sorting, students can explain to the class what criteria they used to sort them.
a. Each player picks a game piece and places it on start.
b. Players take turns rolling the dice and moving their piece.
c. Students read the space they land on and follow the directions.
d. The first student to the finish line wins.
e. Students can start over after their group has a winner.
Emmer, E.T., Gerwels, M. C., (2002). Cooperative Learning in Elementary Classrooms: Teaching Practices and Lesson Characteristics. Retrieved from The Elementary School Journal, Vol. 103 (Number 1) p.75-91
Cooperative learning opportunities for students allow them to be able to learn as they process information in small group situations. Every student is accountable for their part in the groups final product. This process helps improve student motivation, social skills, and attitudes towards learning.
Collinston, E., (2000). A Survey of Elementary Students Learning Style Preferences and Academic Success. EBSCO. Retrieved January 20, 2007, from http://ebscohost.com
There are several different learning styles. Learning styles include the ways that students learn, process, retain information, and behave. Some of these include the following: visual, auditory, and tactile. Catering to a variety of styles ensures that all students will be able to be successful learners. It is especially important for the low achieving students who generally prefer to learn as one or more peers assist them, and as they are provided many hands-on experiences.