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.

15-65 Minutes
3rd Grade

Learning Objectives

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.

Driving Question

What does it mean to belong to a community?

Future-Ready Skills



Respecting Differences

Lesson Breakdown

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10-15 minutes

Activity 1 - Quick Sketch

The purpose of this activity is to have students show what they already know about communities by sketching their idea of a community.


Activity 2 - We All Belong in Class

In this activity, students explore what makes a happy classroom community, focusing on the characteristics that make everyone feel like they belong.


Activity 3 - Our Special School

In this activity, students create a map of their school, labeling the important people who make up the school community, and describing their roles.


Exit Activity - Belonging to a Community

Students complete an exit ticket reflecting on how they can talk to their parents or guardians about belonging to a community.

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