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People in Communities

$160 per month

 1 session per week


Allison Bruning 


Social Studies


8 - 10 years old




Session 1: Moving to a New Community


Students will define the word opportunity. 

Students will identify the reasons people move to new communities. 

Students will identify the challenges and solutions to those challenges for a family who has moved into a new community. 

Students will compare/contrast Fort Wayne, Indiana and their community.


Make a poster that shows some of the good things your community has to offer. Be ready to present your poster to the class in the next session.

Session 2: Learning New Customs


Students will define the words immigrant, custom and ethnic group.

Students will share their community poster with the class. 

Students will explain how immigrants mix parts of their old culture with their new one.

Students will explain what parts of an immigrant's culture can be found in an ethnic neighborhood.

Students will compare/contrast Boston, Massachusetts and their community.

Students will examine how Jane Addams helped immigrants a fair chance for a good life in the United States.


Moving to a new country can be both scary and exciting. Think about about how you would feel if you moved to another country. Write a letter to a friend telling what you like about your new home. What do you miss about your new home? Be ready to share your letter with the class in the next session.

Session 3: Where Did They Come From?


Students will define the words ancestor and symbol.

Students will share their letter with the class. 

Students will discover how old photographs and documents help historians to examine what life was like in the past.

Students will explore immigration centers such as Ellis Island and Angle Island.   

Students will explain why immigrants came to the United States. 

Students will discover the important contributions immigrants Mary Antin and Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze made to the United States.


Ask your relatives where your family came from. Ask them if they know any special stories about how your family first came to this country. Write down the information. Be ready to share this history with the class in the next session. 

Session 4: A New Life in America


Students will define the words citizen, migration and Great Migration

Students will present their family histories to the class. 

Students will examine the lives of immigrants before they become American citizens.

Students will compare/contrast education in the United States and other countries in the past and today.

Students will compare how countries around the world share ways to have fun.

Students will compare/contrast how the Great Migration was alike and different from immigration.

Students will discover how Langston Hughes's classmates helped him succeed as a poet.


Find out information about sports that are played around the world. Make a chart that lists the aport and the country that each sport comes from. Share your information with the class in the next session. 

Session 5: Celebrating Cultures


Students will define the words holiday and tradition.

Students will present their project to the class.  

Students will examine how tradition help keep cultures strong.

Students will compare/contrast different family traditions with their own family traditions.

Students will explore how communities celebrate cultural traditions such as Cinco de Mayo and Saint Patrick's Day.


Pretend that you are guest at an ethnic celebration. Describe the celebration and what you did there in a page paper.  Be ready to present your findings to the class in the next session.

Session 6: Celebrating a Community's Past


Students will define the word livestock.

Students will present their ethnic celebration project to the class.   

Students will explain why communities have celebrations. 

Students will explore the importance of state fairs and Native American gatherings.

Students will explain why Nan'yehi is considered a Cherokee leader. 


Celebrate eyewitness news report project.

Session 7: Celebrations Across Our Nation


Students will define the word Civil Rights Movement.

Students will explain the importance of celebrating Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Thanksgiving Day.

Students will design a parade float for a holiday parade and present it to the class. 




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