Grade 3 - The Geography of Our Communities

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Video Storyline:  Our communities play many roles in our lives, because this is where we live, play, work, and help out. Communities can differ by their size –  urban, suburban, and rural. Communities are spread around the 5 regions of the U.S,. which have different land forms and types of natural resources.  Humans sometimes adapt themselves or their environments when they have to, but need to exercise care in making changes.

Video length: 17:55 minutes.

Classroom Ideas 

The Geography Of Our Communities

Transportation Around the World

Compare/contrast various modes of transportation for commuting in the U.S. and in different countries (Japanese Bullet Trains vs. classic cars in Cuba).

Local Waste Management

If possible, go visit your local metro waste authority to learn how they are helping preserve your town’s natural resources (if you can’t go to them, see if a representative can come to your classroom) or have students research their local research facility.

 

Transportation Around the World

Compare/contrast various modes of transportation for commuting in the U.S. and in different countries (Japanese Bullet Trains vs. classic cars in Cuba).

Cloze Practice

A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.

Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.

Answers:  oldest; 240

Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.

A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video. Students can fill them in as they watch.

 

Conservation

Prompt students to write a report about how people can conserve natural resources. 

 

Art and Geography

Draw a picture of a community.

Draw a picture of the transportation you use to get to school.

Draw a picture of the transportation you wish you could take to school.

Draw a picture of the transportation your parents use to get to work.

Draw a picture of the land you live in, (mountains, lake, buildings, etc).

Draw a picture of the items you recycle at home.

Draw a picture of the natural resources in your hometown.

 

Visual Learning

Offer videos to struggling learners as another form of accessing information and creating knowledge. 

 

Landforms

Identify landforms of the 5 regions of the U.S. May require further research.

 

Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What do the words ecosystem and nonrenewable mean? Think about the meaning of this word as you watch the video.

 

Create Quizzes

Students create a quiz based on the information presented for their peers. This can be used as a review for a test, or jigsaw class activity where students are responsible for teaching other students assigned topics.

 

Mapping

Have students draw a map of their neighborhood and town with their home, school, library, police station, fire station, city hall, and other special places.

 

Writing Topics

What transportation do you use to get to school?

What transportation do you wish you could take to school?

Describe your favorite mode of transportation and why?

Describe the land you live in, does it have mountains, hills, lake, etc.

What is the weather like where you live? Describe the weather.

What is your favorite type of weather and why?

What natural resources are in or near where you live?

Why is it important to reduce, reuse and recycle?

How do you reduce, reuse and recycle at your home?

How do you reduce, reuse and recycle at school?

 

Repurposing

After talking about reducing, reusing, and recycling, bring in items from home (milk containers, plastic containers, newspapers, pop lids, etc. and tell students they have the class period to create something with those items provided (you can also allow them to use scissors, glue, markers, whatever you feel is appropriate for this task) and then the following day have them share with the class what they have created.

 

Classroom Ideas for ALL Videos

Here are dozens and dozens of ideas that you can use in your classroom along with our videos!

Topics Covered In This Video

What is a community?

Urban, suburban, and rural communities

Extreme weather

The 5 regions of the U.S. and the landforms in each

Natural resources

Human impact on landforms and regions (incl. Hoover Dam and levees).

Learning Resources with this Video

Quiz (PDF)

Online Quiz (coming soon)

Videos in this Series

Grade 3 - How Government Helps Our Communities

Grade 3 - A Country of Cultures

Grade 3 - I Am A Consumer

Grade 3 - Businesses At Work

Grade 3 - The First Americans

Grade 3 - How The Country Was Settled

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