Write the following on chart paper and display in the classroom:
Supply Managers: Collect team supplies
Facilitator: Make sure your team focuses on the Class Challenge Question.
Recorder/Reporter: Record team information as neatly as possible.
Coach: Offer positive encouragement to your team as it works together.
Write the Daily Challenge Question on another piece of chart paper and post it in the classroom. Divide students into heterogeneous groups of 4-5. Display pictures and posters of community workers throughout the classroom. Make copies of the Sample Concept Map for each team and the Student Concept Map handout for each student. In addition, load the Sample Concept Map onto the demonstration computer.
Teacher Presentation & Motivation:
Introduce the Daily Challenge Question. Have students brainstorm the community workers with whom they are familiar. Using the displayed pictures and posters of community workers, have the students predict which workers might be considered government community workers. List all of the responses on the board. Ask, "What do you think government workers do that makes them different from other community workers? For example, what makes a mail carrier or crossing guard different from a doctor or teacher? Does anyone recognize any of the vocabulary words posted on the sentence strips?" Allow for responses and ensure understanding of the vocabulary before proceeding.
Activity 1 - Concept Map
Display the Sample Concept Map on the computer and projector. Go through each community worker and three responsibilities that each worker has. Explain to students that, in their teams, they will be researching government community workers and recording their job titles and three responsibilities as they relate to the community on a concept map like this one (hard copy). If students are familiar with Inspiration or Kidspiration, they can create a concept map directly on the computer. They will conduct their research in the Community Ties book.
Set the TeachTimer for 25 minutes for teams to complete this activity.
After teams have finished, the Reporter should report their findings to the class. Engage the class in a discussion about how they decided who was a government community worker and who was not. Each team member should then choose one of the community workers that their team researched to illustrate in the next activity. Each member will illustrate a different worker.
Activity 2 - Community Worker Illustrations
The Supply Manager should gather the drawing paper and crayons for each team member. Set Teach Timer for 15 minutes. Students work independently to create an illustration of the government community worker they chose from the team research. Teacher should circulate around the class to ensure that students are meeting with success. When students have completed the activity, each one shares their illustration with the class using the Stand and Deliver method.
As a class, discuss the Daily Challenge Question. Be sure that all students understand the difference between a government community worker and a non-government community worker.