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- Inspire students to explore and appreciate how their own families are connected to their neighborhoods. Ask students to brainstorm what makes a community and think about what sights, sounds, and smells make their community special. How do their families contribute to the essence of their neighborhood?
- Have students interview a family member about what makes the community special and share their findings with the class to compile a chart or illustrated poster about the great things in your community.
Questions for Discussion or Reflective Writing
- What does it mean to be a neighbor?
- What communities do you belong to?
- What sounds, tastes, and smells can you find in your community?
- What does your community look like?
- What do neighbors have in common?
- Why is diversity (of appearance, values, interests, jobs, etc.) important in a community?
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