Unit Overview 

In a world of individuality, how can our children develop a sense of community? This unit uses multiple activities to help children gain an understanding of the various communities they belong to where people work, live and play together. Students learn that activities such as playing games can build "unity in the community." As a culminating activity, host a family "Make-It, Take-It Night" where families make games and then are able to take their games home for continued "community building."

Service Experience 
Lesson Five: Playing Group Games from the Past – Students teach other students how to play some cooperative games, thus building a sense of community in the school. Lesson Six: Make-It, Take-It Family Night – The service learning component is a "Make-It, Take-It Family Night" which fosters community involvement as they work in a positive community setting, and promotes family togetherness as they make games to take home and play.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Unity in the Community
Lesson 1 of 6
Grades: 
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In this lesson, students recognize the importance of the communities to which they belong (big and small). The students recognize the words unity and united as words related to people coming together with common purpose. The goal of this lesson is to prove that there is strength in unity and that together we can accomplish more. They analyze and model their individual characteristics and symbolically bring those strengths to the group for the common good.

Unit: 
Unity in the Community
Lesson 2 of 6
Grades: 
K
1
2

In a world of us vs. them, how can our children develop a sense of community? In this lesson, our children will gain an understanding of community as people who work, learn, play and live together. Through the activities in this lesson, children internalize the value of being a responsible community member.

Unit: 
Unity in the Community
Lesson 5 of 6
Grades: 
K
1
2

Can playing games together help to build unity in our classroom and school community? The students will compare games played by children in the past to today’s games. There will be an emphasis on how games of the past included much more togetherness and cooperation as compared to the individuality of today’s popular video and computer games. Children will learn to play some games from the past and then share these with another class in the school, playing with them as a community.

Unit: 
Unity in the Community
Lesson 6 of 6
Grades: 
K
1
2

As families get busier, "together time" often decreases. This lesson promotes family togetherness during the "Make It, Take It Night" and also at home as they play with the new games. This lesson brings parents and students together for the purpose of creating family games to play at home. Families will make a math game, a language arts game and a family favorite.