Kids can learn at an early age how they can help in their community and we as teachers can help them! I think it is truly such a powerful things for students to know that they are never too young to start helping in their community.
You can easily integrate activities into your science and writing times to help students learn these things.
These don't have to be “fluff” activities either, they can be very purposeful and educational.
I also like to use these activities to steal some extra intervention time at the end of the day! Keep reading to find out how!
I love using these cut and paste activities to provide differentiated activities for my students to learn how they can help in their community.
What I love about these cut and paste activities is that it allows my struggling students to simply trace the vocabulary words, but my students who need a challenge have to write complete sentences USING the vocabulary words that they have learned.
This makes sure that all of my students are receiving what they need.
Let's Write About It
After we have introduced vocabulary with cut and paste activities and fill in the blank activities, we jump into writing about how kids can help in their community.
Writing is such a powerful activity for students to realize how THEY can help. I feel like writing, especially creative writing, allows students to make personal connections to what they have learned.
These are especially great activities to share with parents. It not only showcases their students' writing skills, but by showing it to parents, you can help students follow through with their plans to help in their community.
My Best Time Saving Tip
Here's my best tip for making time for science or social studies…
I create a cover page and run all of the activities for the week as a “packet”. That we can start the packet on Monday and we can do one page a day or two pages on Monday and no pages on Tuesday.
It allows for flexibility because you can pick up the packet and use it when you have time.
You can also allow students who need a challenge to work through the packet at their own pace!