How Communities Change… A Look Into Our Local Community and the City in Which We Live

Nikki Guevara, First Grade, Bain Elementary School

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200Word Synopsis

Change is constant in the world in which we live. This curriculum unit addresses change in communities while focusing on the smaller, suburban town in which our school is located, Mint Hill. It then explores the changes in the larger city in which we reside, Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte is a growing city full of history and dramatic change over the years. This unit takes a look at the concept of community while defining and understanding that topic. The unit later moves to helping students identify what communities they are a part of following visual representation and comparing and contrasting changes in our communities. We focus on the smaller community where we live and work with each other and then branching out to the larger concept of our city where one million people reside. Students will use visuals provided by the Levine Museum of the New South to help understand these concepts of change. Teacher interaction and scaffolding will focus on learning about as well as creating a sense of community in the classroom through relationships and cooperative work with peers.