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Exploring Our Community: A First Grade Social Studies Activity

Title: Exploring Our Community

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for Social Studies

Subject: Social Studies

Summary: This first grade activity focuses on helping students understand their community and the people who live and work in it.

Topic: Community and Neighborhood

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the different places and people in their community
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of community helpers
  • Can identify and describe important community landmarks


This activity will be conducted over a series of lessons to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the topic. It will involve a combination of class discussions, hands-on activities, and visual aids.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Large world map or globe
  • Community helper costumes (optional)
  • Art supplies (paper, crayons, markers, etc.)
  • Books about community and neighborhood
  • Photographs or images of local landmarks


Lesson 1: Our Community

Objective: To introduce the concept of community and its importance.

  1. Begin by asking students what they think a community is and why it is important.
  2. Engage in a class discussion, encouraging students to share their ideas and experiences.
  3. Show the students a large world map or globe and explain that communities exist all around the world.
  4. Ask students to identify their own community on the map or globe.
  5. Discuss the different places and people they see in their community.

Lesson 2: Community Helpers

Objective: To introduce students to different community helpers and their roles.

  1. Dress up as a community helper (e.g., firefighter, police officer, doctor) and introduce yourself as a helper in the community.
  2. Discuss the specific role and responsibilities of that community helper.
  3. Invite guest speakers from various professions to talk about their roles in the community.
  4. Encourage students to ask questions and share their thoughts.

Lesson 3: Community Landmarks

Objective: To identify and describe important landmarks in the community.

  1. Show students photographs or images of local landmarks (e.g., library, park, school).
  2. Discuss the significance of these landmarks and how they contribute to the community.
  3. Provide art supplies and ask students to draw or create models of their favorite community landmarks.
  4. Encourage students to share their creations and explain why they chose those landmarks.


To assess students' understanding, use the following activities:

  • Ask students to draw a picture of their community and label important places and people.
  • Have students write a short paragraph about a community helper and their role.
  • Take students on a community walk, where they can identify and describe different landmarks.

By the end of this activity, students should have a solid understanding of their community, the people who live and work in it, and the importance of community landmarks.

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