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Keywords: Community, social studies
Subject(s): Social Studies, Photography
Grades 2 through 5
Original Author: Karen Hagen, Newfane
Our Social Studies curriculum is Communities of the World but we need to start from home. After brainstorming a list of important community locations or buildings, we would board the bus to take us around the areas we could not walk to. We would take another day to walk to easily assessable locations. We could take pictures of inside and outside. These locations could include: the bank, grocery store, library, the Historical Society, the VanHorn Mansion, the Cobblestone Museum, the Burt Dam, the Olcott Harbor, Underground Railroad location, etc. Using Neighborhood Map Machine, we would locate each on a created map within that program. The children would then research each building or location. They would need to include the history of each. If it is a business, they would need to describe the service or product it provides, the date originated, etc. If it is of historical significance, they would need to tell the year built, by whom, and some of the history. Importing the pictures into the map would give the children the location. We would then build a book with each location pinpointed on a map. All researched material would be included. Each child would get a copy of the book and of their own work. Not only would this be a great community project, but parents would be involved to lend support.
We used just the small digital camera I owned. We did not make the books, but we did do a slide show on the community.
Materials: Point and Shoot, Word Processor, Slideshow, xD Memory Cards, Digital Voice Recorders, Flash/USB Drives
Other Items: 1 printer- Canon PIXMA iP8500 photo printer, $307.00 each, total of $307.00
8 color tanks for the printer, $12.00 each, total of $96.00
170 4x6 sheets of paper, $35.00 each, total of $5950.00
100 8.5x11 sheets of paper, $10.00 each, total of $1000.00
1 bus, $50.00 each, total of $50.00
Associated File: 437195.kid