Communities: Urban, Rural, Suburban

Comparing Communities

With this lesson, your students will interview classroom visitors to learn about another community and to discover what it has in common with their own community.

Cities and Towns in Children's Literature

Bibliography and activities from Carol Hurst

Defining a Local Community

Unit Plan from the Sample Core Curriculum for Michigan Schools

Farms and Children's Books

Lists of trade books and related activities from Carol Hurst.

Second Grade Social Studies: Local Communities

Links to Unit Plans from the Sample Core Curriculum for Michigan Schools

Ypsilanti Project by Ardis Students

Check out the web site that students at Ardis Elementary in Ypsilanti, Michigan created about their community.

World Surfari

Choose a country from the pull-down menu on the left.  Your students can choose from categories such as history, society, people, crafts, and much more.

Kidís Life in Chichibu

A look at childrenís daily life in a small city near Tokyo.


A teacher's journal of her time in Japan.  Awesome pictures and information on the Japanese and their schools.  Includes teacher resources and classroom themes.

Kid's English-Spanish Picture Dictionary

Your students can press on pictures to see what words look like in Spanish and in English.  Each word also includes a link to a related web site.  Other languages are available.

Mexico for Kids

Great pictures, games and lots of interesting information.


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