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Exploring Our Community: A Second Grade Social Studies Lesson

Title: Exploring Our Community

Subject: Social Studies

Summary: This second grade lesson focuses on helping students understand their community and the roles of different community members.

Topic: Community and Community Members

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for Social Studies

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the definition of a community
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of different community members
  • Identify various community places and their purposes
  • Recognize the importance of community cooperation and teamwork
  • Create a visual representation of their own community


This lesson will be taught using a combination of whole-class discussions, interactive activities, and a hands-on project.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Chart paper and markers
  • Picture books about community
  • Community helper costumes (optional)
  • Art supplies (paper, crayons, scissors, glue, etc.)


Introduction (10 minutes):

Begin the lesson by asking students what they think a community is. Write their responses on chart paper. Then, explain that a community is a group of people who live and work together in the same area. Show pictures of different communities and discuss their similarities and differences.

Exploring Community Members (15 minutes):

Read a picture book about community helpers, such as firefighters, police officers, doctors, and teachers. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of each community member. You can also invite guest speakers from the community to talk about their jobs and answer students' questions.

Community Places (15 minutes):

Show pictures of various community places, such as schools, libraries, parks, and grocery stores. Discuss the purpose of each place and how they contribute to the community. Encourage students to share their own experiences of visiting these places.

Cooperation and Teamwork (10 minutes):

Engage students in a discussion about the importance of cooperation and teamwork in a community. Ask them to think of examples where people in their community work together to solve problems or achieve goals. Emphasize the idea that everyone has a role to play in making the community a better place.

Creating Our Community (30 minutes):

Divide students into small groups and provide them with art supplies. Instruct each group to create a visual representation of their own community, including community members, places, and symbols. Encourage creativity and collaboration within the groups. Once the projects are complete, have each group present their community to the class.


To assess students' understanding, observe their participation during class discussions and group activities. Additionally, evaluate their community projects based on creativity, inclusion of community members and places, and ability to explain their choices.

By the end of this lesson, students should:

  • Know: The definition of a community and the roles of different community members
  • Understand: The importance of community places and cooperation
  • Can do: Create a visual representation of their own community

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