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Adapted By:
Christine Catalano

This is currently my sixth year teaching and my fifth year at P.S 124. I have taught second grade for four years and this is my second year teaching first grade.

P.S. 124
New York, NY


I modified this unit by having the students research their school community instead of their neighborhood. Students visited various rooms and areas of the school including the kitchen and basement to learn about these "unknown" places as well. Students interviewed various staff members, created maps, and took photographs of their school for the purpose of teaching others through a class made book about P.S 124. This unit tied into our non-fiction unit because it allowed the students to research and create their own form of a non-fiction book.

Instructional Objectives

Students will have an understanding of who and what is needed to make up a school community.

Students will be able to write about and teach others about the school through obeservation and questioning.

Students will be able to select areas of the school to photograph and research based on its importance to the school community.

Technology Integration

Students used a digital camera to take photographs. They also used Microsoft Word when typing out their writing.


I assessed students through writing, conferences, and observations. Students were also given planning sheets throughout this project which allowed me to observe and analyze their work.

Tips for Teachers

This unit can be easily adapted depending on your area of study. The final project can be a variety of different things. I chose to make a class non-fiction book, others may choose to let students make their own individual books, posters, even slide show. This unit can also be adapted depending on what the class is learning. If you are studying the supermarket, students can research and take photographs of different sections of the supermarket to teach others about it.

Student Work Samples

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Non-Fiction Book
Planning Sheet

(Word document)



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