Belonging to a Community - Grade 3 Supplementary Activity
About This Lesson
In this lesson, students will explore what they already know about communities and develop an understanding that accepting others for who they are is the key to a successful community. Through reflection and a creative mapping activity, students will see that, even though commonalities bring people together, it is the differences people bring to a community that makes it special.
By the end of this activity, students will:
- Define different types of communities they belong to;
- Understand that belonging to a community means respecting differences
- Identify various members of their school community and explain why they are important.
Xello Entry Point
This activity can precede any of the in-app lessons, which feature characters from the Xellion community. It can also be introduced after students complete some of the inventories in the About Me section (e.g. interests or skills) to underline how being unique doesn’t mean you don’t belong. Finally, it can also be used in conjunction with the school-based career profiles (e.g. elementary teacher, principal) found in the app.
What does it mean to belong to a community?
The purpose of this activity is to have students show what they already know about communities by sketching their idea of a community.
In this activity, students explore what makes a happy classroom community, focusing on the characteristics that make everyone feel like they belong.
In this activity, students create a map of their school, labeling the important people who make up the school community, and describing their roles.
Students complete an exit ticket reflecting on how they can talk to their parents or guardians about belonging to a community.