Cities and towns are made up of communities and neighborhoods and families. The word community has an implication of people working together. People and animals require homes and habitats which are safe places to live. It take many people in a variety of roles to make communities and neighborhoods safe and successful.

Sample some of the following activities to learn more about the communities, neighborhoods, and families around us.


Places To Go    People To See    Things To Do    Teacher Resources    Bibliography

Places To Go

The following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about communities, neighborhoods, and families.

American Rivers
Visit the rivers of America. They were the first highways for this vast country, providing a way for native peoples and early explorers to travel the American wilderness. Along these rivers grew the first American cities and communities.
Explore ancient Anasazi communities. From approximately 500 AD to 1300 AD, the Anasazi built thriving communities throughout southern Utah, western Colorado, and northern Utah and New Mexico. By the mid 1300s, this civilization had vanished. There are various theories about why the communities disbanded and where they went.
City Population
Travel to the populated part of the earth. People only live on 12% of the earth’s surface.
Four Corners Monument
Want to quickly visit 4 remote state communities all at the same time? Visit the Four Corners of the United States to be able to stand at the intersection of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Ghost Towns of Utah
Take a trip to remote, no-longer-vacated Utah communities. Utah ghost towns are full of history and make interesting, educational, and fun family trips.
The History of New York's Chinatown
Chinatown is a term for a neighborhood or part of a city where most of the people are of Chinese origin. There are Chinatowns all over the world: in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, London, and Melbourne, Australia.
Shadows of Old Route 66
Travel down historic Route 66 to visit American communities and neighborhoods.It started in Chicago, traveled its circuitous route westward, and ended in Los Angeles. With the construction of a more efficient Interstate Highway System, Route 66 eventually became much less travelled. Today, parts of the highway have been designated as official Scenic Byways.
Utah Libraries
Visit your school or public library and check out the book, Children Just Like Me by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley. The book is a celebration of children and their families living in different communities across the globe.

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People To See

American Planning Association
Find out who works to design communities and why they chose to go into that line of work.
The Amish and the Plain People
Visit a community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Learn about their strong family ties and their religion which has its roots in the European Reformation.
Barefoot Artists
Read about ongoing projects by Lily Yeh who builds community through creating art projects that represent the culture and people in that community.
Talk with McGruff! He's involved with keeping neighborhoods safe for kids. Meet McGruff's nephew, Scruff, and check out McGruff's puzzles and games.
Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
Chat with Mr. Rogers about his famous neighborhood. Here are the words to his Won't You Be My Neighbor? song, and you can listen to a sound file of it, too.

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Things To Do

CyberKids is an online community for worldwide kids.They have creativity contests, kids' art galleries, interactive puzzles and games, kids' writing, kids' music, and more.
National Genealogical Society
Research your family tree. Find out where your ancestors came from.
National Grandparent's Day
Plan on celebrating Grandparent's Day which is observed on the first Sunday after Labor Day, annually.

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Teacher Resources

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  • Bailey, Donna. Families. Austin, Tex.: Steck-Vaughn, 1990.
  • Hausherr, Rosmarie. Celebrating Families. New York: Scholastic Press, 1997.
  • Kalman, Bobbie. Community helpers from A to Z. New York: Crabtree Publishing Co., c1998.
  • Time-Life for Children. Who Named My Street Magnolia?: First Questions and Answers About Neighborhoods. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life for Children, c1995.