Where Are Communities?
$180 for 6 weeks
8 - 10 years old
Session 1: Communities
Students will define the words region, physical environment, climate, landform, ecosystem and adapt.
Students will identify the different regions of the United States.
Students will explore what life is like in the West, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and Southwest regions of the United States.
Students will discover how ecosystems and climate effect communities.
Students will explain the adaptations people have to make when they move to a different region.
Find out about one kinds of tree found in each of the regions of the United States. Use an encyclopedia or almanac. Write a description of each tree. Be ready to present your findings to the class in the next session.
Session 2: Living in Different Climates
Students will define the word adobe.
Students will share their research about trees with the class.
Students will explain how a climate forms in a community.
Students will analyze climates from different regions of the United States.
Students will explain how adobe help residents in dry climates to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Students will examine the life of pottery artist Maria Martinez.
Write a journal about traveling to communities with different climates. Describe what makes the climate different in each community.
Session 3: Communities and Resources
Students will define the words natural resources, mineral, fuel, conserve and recycle.
Students will share their journal entries with the class.
Students will identify what natural resources are and how they are important to the community.
Students will discover how the discovery of resources change a community.
Students will explain the importance of recycling and conserving natural resources..
Students will develop a recycling program for their community.
Create a poster with three interesting facts about a natural resource in the region where you live.
Session 4: A Mountain Community
Students will define the word miner.
Students will present their poster to the class.
Students will explain how the discovery of coal changed the Glenwood Springs, Colorado community.
Students will practice reading a city map.
Students will discover the contributions Daniel Boone made to the growth of the United States.
Complete the DBoone.pdf packet.
Session 5: A Water Community
Students will define the words logging, lumber, port and industries.
Students will review their Daniel Boone worksheets in class.
Students will examine the development of Seattle, Washington.
Students will discover how the discover of natural resources changed the Seattle, Washington community.
Students will examine different climate regions around the world.
Look at a map of the United States. Try to find a major city that is not on some kind of water. What makes this city different from other large cities. Write about what you find.
Session 6: A Crossroads Community
Students will define the words state capital, state government and crossroads.
Students will present their projects to the class.
Students will discover the importance of The National Road.
Students will examine why Indianapolis is known as "The Crosswords of America".
Students will define what the Underground Railroad was.
Students will examine the contributions Harriet Tubman made to American society.