Communities Around the World
Compare and contrast the everyday lives of people around the globe, and learn that while people may eat different foods and wear different clothes, they all have things in common. Realize that people around the world meet their needs in ways that make sense in their culture.
Explore the features of our world, how we communicate and how cultures are different around the world.
- Students will understand that the earth's continents contain countries, which contain cities, small towns, and villages. These cities, small towns, and villages are communities.
- Students will know that communities are areas where people live and work. In addition, communities can be found all over the world on or near many types of landforms and in many kinds of climates.
- Students realize that people in communities must communicate with each other in order to live and work. Communication is usually achieved through language; however, people do not always speak the same language, requiring them to communicate using gestures and/or objects.
- Students will realize that the way people live (the types of homes they build, the foods they eat, and the clothes they wear) is based on their surrounding environment. For example, in the jungles of Africa people use tree limbs to build their homes, because they live near trees.
- Students will understand that people in communities around the world need modes of transportation. Methods for transporting people and goods include cars, boats, bikes, and rickshaws.
- Students will notice that different communities have different kinds of artwork and architecture. People in Indonesia, for example, decorate their clothes using an artistic method called batik.
- Students will understand that people in communities may follow certain traditions. People in Chinese communities use traditional dragon dances to celebrate their new year.
- Students will realize that communities may change over time. For example, Mexico City reflects three different cultures. It was once a city where the Aztec people lived, and then it fell to the Spanish. Today, it is the vibrant capital city of Mexico.
- Students will know that every community has the same necessities. Access to food, water, and shelter is required for a community's survival.
- Students will realize that though the communities around the world can be very different from each other, they have many similarities. Communities in England, for example, have many similarities with the communities in the United States and Canada. These similarities are because of the fact that Europeans colonized the land that now makes up the United States and Canada.
Before viewing the video
- Ask students to tell what they think a community is (a few hints may need to be given to instigate the discussion). List responses on the board. Watch for a definition of community in the video. It is "where a group of people live, work, and play." Name as many communities as the students know and again make a list to save for later comparison. Examples might be a neighborhood, the school, a town, or a city.
- After viewing the video
- A Community Diorama: Recall the definition of a community. Talk about some of the communities shown in the video. What is special about each community around the world? Talk about some of the activities that people do in these communities. All communities must provide food, shelter, water, and clothing. They have a marketplace, transportation, recreation, artwork, and jobs. Make a list for younger children and have older children write their own list of things that are common to all communities. Each student selects the country and community that he/she found most interesting. Show the video again, instructing the students to pay close attention to information pertaining to the community that they chose. Send directions home for making a shoebox diorama of a community, including homes, a food source, a water source, and people. Students can display and describe their communities to the class. They can also create their own community to share.
- Community Quiz: Make cards of the following words: food, clothing, shelter, water, transportation, and special things. Hold up a word. Students volunteer information about the word in relationship to communities around the world.