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FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING WORLD COMMUNITIES (Grade 3)

Suggestion: Complete the right column to determine how each factor relates to your school.

FACTORS

 IN MY SCHOOL

Ethnic composition of:
  • Classroom
  • School/district
  • City/town/village
  • Region/State

Representation:

  • One from each continent
  • Urban, suburban, and rural areas
  • Diverse cultures
  • Variety of physical regions
  • Variety of climate types
  • Variety of political areas
  • Not found elsewhere in NYS social studies core curriculum
  • Connections to current events and across time

Resources available:

  • Previous knowledge of specific world communities, including trips taken and languages studied by you/colleagues
  • Textbooks, trade books, publishers' catalogs, conferences, artifacts
  • School/local library, teacher center, regional BOCES
  • Community activities, museums,educational programs, cultural sites
  • Multimedia, video, audio, software
  • Professional development, courses, teacher institutes, travel abroad
  • New York State Education Department

Pacing:

  • Time frame for social studies instruction each week
  • Timeline for study of each community
  • Possible interdisciplinary connections
  • Inclusion of multiple perspectives

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