Social Studies Lower Elementary


Lower Elementary

Upper Elementary

Middle School 

Building A Community

Ages: 3-5

Subject: Social Studies

Time Needed: Two Days


Objective: As a result of their schooling,

1. Students will be able to identify the different types of services various buildings provide.

2. Students will also be able to identify various community buildings.



2 or 3 small or large milk cartons per student

Construction paper, black construction paper






Cardboard 5ft by 5ft

The book Ramadan, by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi



Day 1. The teacher will discuss and make a list of what buildings exist in their community. Students will brainstorm ideas as teacher writes them down. Teacher will ask students what buildings are necessary to have in their community. For example Fire station, Police station etc. Teacher will then read the story Ramadan, by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi. During the reading, the teacher will ask the students what building do they see in the story that is maybe not on their list or looks different to them. Students will say Mosque. Teacher will then explain that a mosque is a place of worship for the Muslims. Just like a church is a place for Christians to worship and a synagogue is a place where Jewish people go to worship.


*** Teacher will remind the students to bring their milk cartons in for the next day and she will ask them to think about their own community and what community buildings they would build. Teacher will cover the cardboard with construction paper to make the ground for the buildings to stand.


Day 2. Teacher will ask the students and write down what types of buildings that students want to build in their community. Ask the students what new community building they had talked about yesterday. Then the students will start to make their own community building. The teacher will draw streets with white chalk. After the students have finished making their building have them glue it to the cardboard (street) and have them label their building. At the end of the activity ask the students if their community is missing anything.


** As an extension- the teacher can have the students draw and write about their community building and explain why that building is important for the community. Teacher then can compile their sheets and make a Creating a Community book.

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