School Tours: Community Connections

Community Connections

September–June
Grades 3–5 (90 minutes each)

Pairs well with:

  • Tours—Woodland Natives  
  • Shows—Habit-tat-tat

We’re all connected through community. Students will discover how the choices they make can influence the people around them, even the world.

What will my students do?

  • Construct their own community using model buildings
  • Identify the importance of rivers to early communities through the use of dioramas
  • Participate in a river water pollution simulation
  • Use artifacts to understand how life in the early 1900s was similar to and different from today
  • Reenact the migration of the Ball family during the Gas Boom

What will my students learn?

  • We are all part of a community
  • Community locations are affected by the natural resources they harbor, especially water
  • Communities change over time as resources and population distribution changes, but pieces of a community’s origins often remain 
  •  Communities are connected through their natural and man-made resources
  • Models and simulations help us to understand and see real things by providing visual aid
  • Our personal decisions affect ourselves, our resources, and other members of a community 

State Standards

3rd Grade

Language Arts:  3.7.1, 3.7.2, 3.7.3

Science:  3.6.3

Social Studies:  3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.3.11

4th Grade

Language Arts:  4.7.1, 1.7.5, 4.7.6

Science:  4.1.8, 4.6.4

Social Studies:  4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.4, 4.1.6, 4.1.9

5th Grade

Language Arts:  5.7.1, 5.7.3

Science:  5.1.5, 5.1.6

Social Studies:  5.1.1, 5.3.7

Common Core Standards

3rd Grade

ELA:  3.L.1f, I; 3.SL.1b, c, d; 3.SL.3; 3.SL.4; 3.SL.6

4th Grade

ELA:  4.L.1a, d; 4.SL.1b, c, d; 4.SL.2; 4.SL.3

5th Grade                           

ELA:  5.L.1c, d, e; 5.SL.1 b, c, d; 5.SL.3