Student Learning Activity
Each bag of props has objects which pertain to a particular area of society. (TBD by the teacher) After some prep time, the teacher calls groups by colors to do their skit. After a group concludes with their skit, the teacher allows students to guess at what was happening. When students identify a key character: policeman, fireman, bus driver, crossing guard, doctor, teacher, veterinarian, mailman, babysitter, librarian, the teacher writes it on the blackboard.
The teacher points to the list on the board and asks “Please raise your hand if you have any idea what these names have in common." The teacher gets several responses and gives some direction to students. Finally, the teacher asks (if students are not heading this way) “Does anyone know what a community is?" The teacher hears responses and asks questions and gives comments pertaining to what children say. The teacher asks questions about what part each member plays in a community and what would happen in their absence and what members of a community can do together.
The teacher sums up the lesson by checking for understanding. “Okay, we’re going to play a quiz game. I want you to hold one of your hands by your heart like this." The teacher demonstrates. “Now, I will ask you a few questions and if you agree, thumbs up. If you disagree, thumbs down." The teacher then asks a series of questions: (examples)
- A community is full of individuals who can survive on their own and do not need help from one another.
- Each member of a community is important.
- When members of a community work together they can get a lot of work done.
- You are a community member.
- A garbage collector is not an important part of a community.
While very simple, this lesson is a nice introduction to the idea of community and art lessons to follow.