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Social Studies - 3rd Grade
Standard 3 Objective 3
Teachers should be able to identify or have access to current events in the community they teach. Also helpful, to the teacher, is knowing historical controversies in the community such as zoning issues and how the community shares their land and resources.
Students should be aware of the resources available in their community.
Students will answer the following questions:
Students new to the community can reflect upon the community they came from and share information about how their community needs were similar or different.
Students could send pen pal letters to another community to determine the services available in other areas of the state or country.
Have students determine a current event in their school or community that is controversial about resource use. Have the students take a literal stand on each side of the room according to their position on the issue. Then as a group, they can discuss their reasoning for choosing that position and then create a debate where students can share their opinions or have students write letters to their principal or local paper about their positions. Can they reach a compromise?