2Community Helpers Grade: 2nd Objective: Children will be able to identify the following community helpers and the roles they play through the services they offer.* Fire Fighters * Teacher* Police Officer * Trash Collector* Nurse * Postal Worker* Doctor * Librarian* Dentist
3StandardsEconomics3. Recognize that most people work in jobs in which they produce a few special goods or services.4. Explain why people in different parts of the world earn a living in a variety of ways.Government2. Explain how a system of government provides order to agroup such as a school or community and why government is necessary including:a. Making and enforcing laws;b. Providing leadership;c. Providing services;d. Resolving disputes.Social Studies Skills and Methods1. Obtain information from oral, visual and print sources.
4What is a Community?A community is made up of different groups of people who live and work together. The community has a specific location (it is in one place), it has rules and laws that people must follow and the people work together to solve their problems.
6Activity 1: Newspaper Search/ Collage Procedure:* Community workers have beenin the news recently. Have studentslook through the newspaper or magazines for words and pictures of community workers.* Have students use the words and pictures they found to create a collage* Students should share collages and compile a list of all the community workers they found as a class.
7Activity 2: “I am…” Materials: * Clothing and uniforms of community helpers* Hats and other accessories worn by certain community workers* Tools and props of community workers
8Activity 2: “I am…” Procedure: * Provide clothing, hats, and props for the various community workers.* Allow children to role play different jobs and consider how the service they offer impacts others by completing the sentence: “I am…”* Discuss with the students what it would be like if one member (community helper) was not there. What kind of effect would this have on the community at large?
9Activity 3: Tour Time Materials: -notebooks -pencils -list of interview questions
10Activity 3: Tour Time Procedure: *Visit a local post office, fire station, orother community helper’s work.*Take a tour*Discuss with children the role of given community helper*Have students interview community worker with previous established questions and record the answers.
12Activity 4:Procedure:*Children will select three of the community workers from those discussed throughout the week*Using the organizational chart, the child will write three ways that each worker helps the community*The students will use the organizational chart to write about their selected community helpers.*Students will edit their own work using the provided writing checklist.
14Activity 5: Procedure: *Students will fill in their empty cards with the names of community workers*When completed the teacher will begin by using the job descriptions to tell of a service provided by a community worker.*Students will identify the worker by the service or job description provided.
15Unit Books On the Town: A Community Adventure by Judith Caseley Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie KalmanPeople Who Keep You Safe by Cathy FrenchMy Dentist by Harlow Rockwell
16Community Helper Song Chorus: Community Helper That’s what I am. I’m in the neighborhood doing what I can. Community Helper That’s what I am. I’m in the neighborhood doing what I can.Verse 1:I am a doctor. I am here to help you … If you get a cold or the flu… Come see me I’ll tell you what to do You might take a pill, you might get a shot Let me feel your head. Whoah, that's hot!Repeat ChorusVerse 2:I am a fireman. I am here to help you .. If you see fire or a cat in a tree, D ial 911 that’s how you get me.. Your shirts on fire, stop drop and roll I don’t care if you’re 90 years old.Verse 3:I am the policeman I am here to help you If you get lost don’t know what to do Just talk to me and I’ll show you I help good people take the bad ones to jail Put the handcuffs on, and we throw ’em in a cell.Repeat ChorusVerse 4:I am the mail carrier I am here to help you I bring you the mail, and I pick it up too I’m postal, that what I do Raining, hot, cold or snow Nothing stops the mail from going I can’t see your address when I’m in the fog.
17More Songs I'm a Police Officer Sung to: "I'm a little Teapot"I'm a police officer With my star, I help people Near and far. If you have a problem, Call on me, And I will be there One, two, three!I'm a FirefighterSung to: "I'm a little teapot"I'm a firefighter Dressed in red, With my fire hat On my head. I can drive the fire truck, Fight fires, too, And help to make things Safe for you.
18Websites Fire Station Virtual Tours Our Community Helpers (additional resources for lessons)Community Helper Resource Page
19More Websites Printable Community Helper Word Searches and other Games Your Neighborhood (online tool for kids in learning about their community)