Unity in the Community
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."
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.
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.
How is a family like a community? In this lesson students recognize the traits of a community in their family. In the family community, the members are unique, each contributing different qualities, and are bound by love and caring. Students recognize that their neighborhood is also a community.
How can playing together foster friendships and build community? The student will discover and explore the key elements of friendship and how friends add to a community.
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.
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.