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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 aims to introduce students to the concept of community and help them understand the importance of community members and their roles.

Topic: Community and Community Members

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the definition of a community
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of community members
  • Identify different community places and their purposes
  • Recognize the importance of working together as a community
  • Create a visual representation of their own community


This activity will be conducted through a combination of class discussions, hands-on exploration, and creative expression.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Large poster paper or chart paper
  • Markers, crayons, and colored pencils
  • Magazines or printed images of community places and members
  • Scissors and glue sticks


Step 1: Begin the activity by engaging the students in a class discussion about communities. Ask questions such as:

  • What is a community?
  • Who are the people in our community?
  • What are some places in our community?

Step 2: After the discussion, distribute magazines or printed images of community places and members to each student. Instruct them to cut out the images that represent their community and glue them onto the large poster paper.

Step 3: Once the students have completed their community collages, have them share their creations with the class. Encourage them to explain why they chose specific images and what they represent.

Step 4: Facilitate a class discussion about the roles and responsibilities of different community members. Ask questions like:

  • Who helps keep our community safe?
  • Who helps us when we are sick?
  • Who helps us learn?

Step 5: Conclude the activity by emphasizing the importance of working together as a community and how each member plays a vital role in making the community a better place.


To assess the students' understanding, observe their participation during the class discussions and their ability to identify community places and members. Additionally, review their community collages to ensure they have included appropriate images and can explain their choices.

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Common Core State Standards for Social Studies

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