It's a Beautiful Day In This Neighborhood...
Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Developed by the
Grade Two Teachers
and
MI Smart!/Technology Teacher
at Richmond Elementary School
Chariho Regional School District
Rhode Island
http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us
*New Unit Template


UNIT OF STUDY
Power, Authority, and Governance
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GRADE LEVEL AND CONTEXT
Grade Two - Social Studies
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INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS:
This unit is designed to introduce students to how people create and change structure of power, authority, and governance within a neighborhood.
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STANDARDS TO BE ADDRESSED
Main  Standard:  SS Standard 6.0
  English Language Arts: E1c; E2b; E3b; 
  Mathematics: 
  Applied Learning: 
  Social Studies:  SS 3.0; SS 4.0; SS 6.0
  Other:  Chariho Technology Standards 
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CORE QUESTION
How can people create and/or change the rights and rules in a neighborhood?
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SUGGESTED LESSONS/ACTIVITIES FOR THIS UNIT (Integrating MI & Technology)
Task One: 
In order to more fully understand about rights/rules in a neighborhood, the students must truly understand what a neighborhood is.  The class will discuss what makes up a neighborhood.   If desired, a "Welcoming Wagon" may be organized within the classroom to welcome new students to the class.  The teacher may read "City Mouse, Country Mouse" to the class.  The students will compare and contrast the two different types of neighborhoods. 
Task Two:
Assess prior knowledge.  Children will create a KWL chart assessing their knowledge about neighborhoods with a main focus on rights and responsibilities within neighborhoods.  This will be enhanced throughout the unit. 
Inter; V/L; V/S
Standards Addressed:  E3b; SS 6.0; SS 4.0
Task Three:
a.  The teacher will read The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater.  The students will discuss dreams.  The students will then write a description of their dream house and draw an illustration.  V/L; Intra; V/S

b.  The teacher will read a book Old Henry or AlphaPets-Olly's Folly. The class will discuss the importance of having rules and taking responsibility for these rules.  A chart will be developed that recognizes what rules were broken or missing and what could be an appropriate rule/behavior.  What would we do if there is a rule that you feel should be changed?   V/L; V/S
Standards Addressed:  SS 6.0; E3b; E2b

Task Four:
The class will develop a list of rights and responsibilities that they have within their neighborhood and the importance of respecting those responsibilities.  They will then create a Good Neighbor big book. /students may also make individual Good Neighbor books.  V/L
Standards Addressed:  E3b; SS 6.0; SS 3.0

Extension Activity:  The students will compare and contrast their neighborhoods with those located in a city.  Focus should be on how the rules are the same or how they differ.

Task Five: 
The teacher will obtain individual students' maps of their neighborhoods.  The children will use these maps to locate and label where they live, neighborhood landmarks, etc. Inter; V/S
Standards Addressed:  SS 3.0; SS 6.0
Task Six:
The children will locate and mark their neighborhood on a Richmond town map.   Due to the year the official town map was published, new roads and developments will need to be added to the map.
They will compare and contrast, using Kidspiration (graphic organizer software program),  their location with surrounding neighborhoods.  L/M; Inter
Standards Addressed:  E1c; E3b; SS 3.0; SS 6.0
Task Seven: Extended Piece
The students will demonstrate their understanding of neighborhood rules, rights, and responsibilities by designing their own neighborhood. The students may use Community Works, preprinted 3D house templates, or milk cartons.  This task will take approximately  3-4 sessions.  (Extended piece) B/K; V/L; Inter
Standards Addressed:  SS 3.0; SS 6.0
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APPROX. TIME NEEDED TO COMPLETE THIS UNIT
35 minutes daily for three weeks
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EXTENDED PIECE OF STUDENT WORK
The students will create an ideal  neighborhood, to include rules and responsibilities. 
Inter, V/L, B/K
Standards Addressed:  SS 6.0; SS 4.0; SS 10.0
Culminating Activity
The students  will share and describe the neighborhood they have created with other students. 
Inter
Standards Addressed:  E3c; SS 6.0; SS 4.0; SS 10.0
METHOD(S) OF ASSESSMENT 
Each student will be given a rule of a neighborhood to challenge.  The student will write an explanation about what they might do to change the rule.  This may be done orally or in written form, dependent upon the students.  Rubric located in unit binder.
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CAREER CONNECTIONS
The connections are endless.  They depend upon the neighborhood where you live.  A few examples are:  police officer, garbage collector, farmer, mail carrier, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, bus drivers, hair stylists, waiter/waitress, merchants, and dance instructors.
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INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES INCORPORATING M.I. & TECHNOLOGY 
      Listed individually for the above activities 
V/L = Verbal / Linguistic 
L/M = Logical / Mathematical 
M/R = Musical / Rhythmic 
V/S = Visual  / Spatial 
B/K = Bodily / Kinesthetic 
Inter = Interpersonal 
Intra = Intrapersonal
Na = Naturalist 
RESOURCES / MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT NEEDED
Books
AlphaPets-Olly's Folly by Ruth Lerner Perle, Grolier Enterprises, Inc., Danbury CT

Old Henry by Joan W. Blos

The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater

Franklin's Neighborhood by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

Hello Neighbors by Sarah Toast

The Berenstain Bears: New Neighbors by Stan and Jan Berenstain


CD Rom's

Kidspiration by Inspiration Software, Inc
Community Construction Kit by Tom Snyder
Videos
A Community at Work by SVE and Churchill Media (Richmond School Library)
Community Rules and Laws by 100% Educational Videos
All About Neighborhoods by 100% Educational Videos


Web Sites

Mr. Roger's Neighborhood - Students decide what type of neighborhood to create.  http://pbskids.org/rogers/R_house/build.htm#hold

A Neighborhood Walk - Parental involvement necessary for these activities. http://www.teachnet.com/lesson/socstudies/society/#Walk

View Your House From Above - Students can type in their address and see an aerial photograph of their home.  http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com/address.aspx

Mary Arakelian
Susan Buonanno
Nikki Champagne
Holly Manchester
Laurie Pearce
Kim St. Clair
J. Carlson-Pickering - K. Vredenburg
M.I. Smart!/Technology Program 
Chariho Regional School District   2002