Understand the concept of community and the interconnectedness of community members.
Students will engage in a discussion in class about what “community” means to them, and will gain an understanding of communities by thinking about their own.
- A sheet of white paper for each student
- Crayons or colored pencils
- Preparation Time: 5 minutes
- Class Time: 45 minutes
- Give each student a copy of the article discussing the history of Hanford Mills.
- At the beginning of class, gather the students together in a group, or ask them to arrange their desks into a circle for discussion. Explain that you are going to discuss the meaning of community.
- What is a community?
- Who lives in a community?
- What do people in a community do?
- How are people in a community linked?
- How are the people in your community linked?
- How is your community linked to neighboring communities?
- How is your community similar to/different from neighboring communities? How do these similarities/differences shape the relationships between the communities?
Questions to ask:
- Ask students to return to their desks or to remain at their desks and think about what community means to them.
- Ask students to use the paper and coloring implements to draw a picture of what their community means to them. (For younger children, you may wish to suggest that each student pick a specific member of their community to illustrate and ask them to indicate the contribution made to the community by this person or business.)
- Ask students to present their pictures to the class.
- Hang the pictures on the wall.
- Explain to the students that they will be learning about a community in East Meredith, New York, which is where Hanford Mills Museum is located. This may be a good time to do the Pre-Visit Orientation Activity.
- Participation in class discussion (listening and speaking)
- Community drawing
- Presentation of drawing to class
NYS Learning Standards:
- ELA Standard 1
- Art Standard 1
Vocabulary & Spelling Words
Business – n. a company or other group that buys and sells goods or services in order to make money.
Community – n. a group of people who live in one area, such as a town, under one government.
Organization – n. a group of persons acting together for some purpose.