I think the universal unit that pretty much everyone does at some point in the year is a communities unit. I remember when I was teaching first grade, I wanted to do activities that were meaningful and went beyond just community helpers. I created a communities unit a few years ago for this reason. Today I've updated this unit with some new ideas I had. I wanted to align it more with the Common Core so I added some opinion writing and some research writing activities. There are lots of different activities in this unit to pick and choose from. The activities in this unit is appropriate for 1st-3rd grade.
Here are a few pictures I have from a few years ago:
We did a little research about the history of our community. StreetThen, we completed this Venn Diagram.
This is one of my favorites. We brainstormed activities that we do in our community for each season. One of my students told us about pumpkin boat racing that goes on every fall. I love that picture!
Here is a preview of what is included in this unit:
This research part is new:
I also added these opinion writing activities:
Or you can pick this unit up here:
I'll put it on sale for today.
Aaannnd, I'd love to give away a copy right here! If you'd like to win this, leave me a comment with your email below. I'll pick a winner soon!