Students spend so much of their time at school each day. So, it makes sense that they learn more than how to read, write, add, and subtract. In addition to this, they learn how to cooperate, collaborate, and compromise. This is why students become a school community. They spend so much time learning and working together.
However, students may not realize they are all there to support one another. So, learning about a school community with This is a School is so important! Students will recognize how amazing being around so many supportive people is!
This is a School by John Schu
Author John Schu and illustrator Veronica Miller Jamison show off all that makes a school special in this fantastic story!
On the outside looking in, a school looks like a building with staff and students working together. However, once people step inside, they quickly realize so much more. For instance, a school is a place that allows people to learn new topics and ask questions. Additionally, classmates learn how to help each other and play with everyone.
This is such a moving book about how much occurs within a school building. From creativity to support, all school community members learn so much from each other.
Read Aloud Activities
School is such a powerful place. Between learning many academic topics and understanding social skills, so much learning takes place each day. Throughout this work, students learn how to build friendships and interact with each other. Thankfully, learning about a school community with This is a School is a fantastic way to show appreciation for our classmates!
Since teachers have so much to prepare, there is a teacher guide to outline the entire unit. Specifically, this contains all of the lesson plans needed. Additionally, it includes an introduction to help prepare students and sets the purpose for the story. Likewise, it has essential vocabulary words!
It is helpful for students to share their thoughts on what makes a school a community. So, there is an anchor chart to create an interactive way to discuss this social skill as a whole class!
Since discussion is so impactful when learning about a school community with This is a School, there are talking points. This consists of higher-level thinking questions and topics to help students analyze the importance. There are even page numbers to help teachers know where to stop and discuss!
While discussion is essential to include in lessons, personal reflection is also critical. Thankfully, this social skill has both aspects! There is a written response and activity sheet to help students understand why it is nice to build a school community. There are even differentiated options to ensure every student knows this social skill!
Furthermore, there is a hands-on craftivity! Students will love how the craft connects the story to their lives.
School Community Lesson
Teachers work hard to ensure students understand how the material taught in the classroom relates to life outside of school. Therefore, there are task cards that provide scenarios or thought-provoking questions. This helps students understand how they form and respect a school community.
There are different ways to use the task cards. Honestly, they work great for whole class or small group discussions. They even work perfectly for individual work time.
No Prep Resource
Teachers have to handle so much. Thankfully, the Read Aloud Activities are all no prep! Teachers just need to print the resources.
Some students may not realize how they work in a school community each day. Additionally, some students may feel left out of their class community. Thankfully, learning about a school community with This is a School will help both aspects! Students will learn all about what makes a school a community and how amazing it feels to work together!
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