How do you know that you are part of your community? In this project, students will address this essential question by creating a voicethread as a class that will share cultural characteristics of their community and highlight goods and services found in their community. After submitting their work, students will compare and contrast their community with others by viewing and commenting on i-Spy projects from communities around the world. Maps will be used to help develop the concept of relative location, direction, size and shape.

A list of step-by-step activities has been developed including sample presentations and student worksheets.

Assessment tools have also been developed for the project and are available for your use.

Social Studies Standards Addressed

I Culture - The student will:
  • explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns
  • compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions;

III People, Places & Environments - The student will:
  • construct and use mental maps of locales, regions and the world that demonstrate understanding of relative location, direction, size, and shape;

VII Production, Distribution & Consumption - The student will:
  • describe how we depend upon workers with specialized jobs and the ways in which they contribute to the production and exchange of goods and services;

Core Content/Concepts/Skills Addressed

  • Community (a place where people live, work and play);
  • Relationship between community/city/state/country/continent;
  • Community differences (city/suburb/rural);
  • Communities resources and services (police, fire, postal, schools, libraries) and have laws and lawmakers;
  • Identify characteristics of a community;
  • Compare and contrast other communities to their own;
  • List services offered in a community;
  • Map our community.