NEW Activities: Community walk; Neighborhood
Students were taken on a community walk, which was videotaped.
Digital pictures were taken of
the buildings. During the walk, the students had to identify
the different characteristics of the buildings in their neighborhood.
Students were asked to draw a map of their community.
The students had to read, write, listen, and speak to obtain
the information they needed to complete the projects.
The students had to identify the characteristics of the
dwellings in their neighborhood. They also had to compare/contrast
During the community walk, the students had to use accountable
talk to discuss the buildings they saw.
Videotape - the students were taped as they walked through their
Digital pictures- pictures were also taken of the buildings
in their neighborhood. The students were able to refer to
them for their comparison activity.
Computer software - students used kidpix
to draw different dwellings.
1) The students were observed for both language and content area. It
is important to assess both when working with ESL students.
2) Accountable talk was very important for this unit because
the students were sharing information about their community.
Therefore, they were observed to make sure everyone was participating
in the group discussion.
3) Final products were also assessed.
Tips for Teachers
Since the unit was created for kindergarten, more challenging activities
need to be assigned for older students.
I highly recommend a community walk. This way, the students
will be able to see how dwellings differ.
Student Work Samples
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