One of the important lessons we cover in kindergarten or first grade is on the topic of community helpers. We generally consider this to be police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, construction workers, mail carriers, etc. This is a great way to teach about the different kinds of people who help in our community. It helps students further understand how a community works and the important roles these people play.
There are tons of ways you can teach this lesson and make it super fun and engaging for your students!
Here are some of my favorite ways to teach about community helpers.
- Bring in guest speakers. Reach out to some of the community helpers in your area and ask them to come in and speak to the class! This can be parents in that profession, or friends. The guest can share what they do, how they help the community, and what a typical day in their profession looks like.
- Keep a journal. As students are learning about the different community helpers, have them keep a journal about the different people. They can draw pictures of them in uniform and get some writing practice by writing a couple of sentences about who they are and what they do.
- Discuss the differences between long ago and today. How were the jobs different? Are they easier now? This is a great activity to encourage critical thinking.
- List the different occupations. Use this list to get students thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. They can write it in their journal and you can go around the classroom sharing.
- Read books about community helpers. Whenever possible, adding a story or two about your topic will enrich your lessons.
- Watch videos about community helpers. There are lots of options available on Youtube. This video includes a fun song for students to sing or dance along to.
This download is nine weeks of lessons designed to easily create a journal for students to use, interactive notebook pages, posters, and so much more! It covers three topics, Community Jobs, Tools and Equipment for Jobs, and Today vs. Long Ago.
This resource covers 9 full weeks of detailed lesson plans. You’ll get everything listed above and some extras including poems and songs, how to dial 911, cut and label activities for different community helpers, a volunteer art handprint gift, police officer hat/headband, police badges, and firefighter hats. Everything you need for this exciting social studies topic!
What are your favorite ways to teach about this topic? Let me know in the comments!
Looking for more social studies fun? Check out my year long social studies bundle for kindergarten and first grade!
We teach many things in the primary grades like math, writing, and reading. Apart from that, we also teach things like social skills, listening, following directions, and how to be kind. Another important subject to teach is how to be a good citizen.
Students can be good citizens by following rules, being responsible, helping others, being respectful, and making good decisions. This doesn’t come naturally to younger learners, so we must remember this concept and include it in our lessons.
I created my Civics and Government resource to help teach about rules and the importance of being a good citizen!
This resource covers many concepts that will give students a strong foundation. They’ll learn how to become good citizens by teaching them about rules and laws, conflicts, and fair decisions in a fun and engaging way. It has a tattle tale lesson plan, interactive notebook pages, posters, center activities, and a Write the Room Activity.
Included in this resource you’ll get 9 full weeks of lesson plans including:
- Weekly detailed lesson plans for 9 Weeks
- Home Connection parent letter
- American History journal cover
- Word Bank for the Journal
- Printables to insert as a journal or use individually covering 9 weeks of American history
- Rubric for the journal
- Nine interactive notebook pages (suggested to do once a week on Fridays)
- An optional Interactive Notebook (If you don’t already have a spiral started for students to create their interactive pages.)
- Classroom posters
- Primary source activity
- Months of the year (What Comes Next)
- Write the Room activity
- Sort the Pictures (rules vs laws)
- Tattle Tale Officer – Teach students the difference of being helpful or hurtful
- Big Problem, Medium Problem, Small Problem Posters
These activities can be used on their own or in centers! After this unit, students will understand how to be good citizens and the importance and value of rules. Check it out here!
Looking for more resources for elementary? Check out these engaging geography activities!
In what ways do you like to teach students to be good citizens? Let me know in the comments!
The summer Olympics is a great way to get kids involved in learning! You can include Venn diagrams, books, KWL charts, traditions, STEM and so much more to your lessons that relate to summer sports. Because students are seeing the events at home, they will be more engaged in your lessons. I love to invite guest speakers to the classroom if you can find someone who trains for the Olympics in your area. Also, parents also take an interest in the Olympics, so why not get them involved in a home STEM project? Here is one for Field Hockey.
- Print out the net and field.
- Tape a paper-clip to a pencil to make a hockey stick
- Fold the net to stand upright
- Have a crumbled piece of paper to use as a puck
STUDENTS LOVE IT!
Do an ancient Greek history lesson about the reason the torch is always a symbol of the games. Include learning about each sports event in your unit. You can even have students host their own Olympics at school. Sponsorship is a big part of the Olympics. Students can design their own logos, shirts, hats, or write a letter to ask for sponsorship. Next, have students discover the meaning of the five rings.
Students love to learn about the medals that Olympians receive for winning at the Olympics. Let them design their own. Then, have them research the history of the medals.
Maybe you don’t have time to do a whole unit on summer sports. You could do an interactive notebook on Fun Fridays!
Read about the Winter Olympic Resources
While some students may just see Memorial Day as a day off from school, it is a great time to teach them about Memorial Day and why we celebrate it. It is important for them to know about those who gave their lives while serving our country.
Here are some ways you can teach elementary students about Memorial Day in your classroom.
- Start by giving them the definition. It seems simple, but this is something that not a lot of students know or understand.
- Read a book about the holiday. Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden and Raul Colon is a great book written by the First Lady.
- Write a letter to a hero. If your students have any friends or family members that served they can write a letter to them. For other students you can have them write a letter to hero you select for them. This is a great way to give students perspective and a chance to express their gratitude.
- Discuss the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. On Veterans Day we celebrate those still living who served our country, on Memorial Day we celebrate those we lost.
Perfect for students in first through third grade, you’ll get a variety of writing activities.
Included with this resource, you’ll get
- an informational sheet about the holiday
- acrostic poems with self rating systems
- Home of the Free Because of the Brave printable
- Informational writing planning page
- Informational writing page
- Thank you, Hero Letter
- Thank You Letter
- Posters for students to fill out
- Poster about informative writing
- Transitional words and phrases list
- Word wall words
You’ll get everything you need to get your students engaged in learning about our American heroes.
Looking for more teaching activities for May? Check out Mother’s Day ideas here!