Age and Grade Requirements
- Age: 5-6 years old
- Grade: Kindergarten
By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:
- Identify and recognize various community helpers and their roles.
- Understand the importance of different community helpers in society.
- Develop an appreciation for the work of community helpers.
- Enhance social awareness and empathy.
- Gain exposure to basic concepts of science, history, and geography related to community helpers.
Schedule (5 Days)
Day 1: Introduction to Community Helpers
- Introduction to the concept of community helpers
- Identify and discuss roles of common community helpers (e.g., firefighter, police officer, doctor)
- Arts and crafts: Create a “Community Helper Collage”
Day 2: Firefighters and Safety
- Focus on firefighters: Discuss their roles, equipment, and fire safety
- Fire safety demonstration: Learn about “stop, drop, and roll”
- Science project: Simple fire-related experiment (e.g., create a “fire” using colored water and oil)
Day 3: Police Officers and Safety Rules
- Focus on police officers: Discuss their roles, uniforms, and importance in the community
- Learn about safety rules and “stranger danger”
- Arts and crafts: Create a police officer badge or hat
Day 4: Doctors and Health
- Focus on doctors: Discuss their roles, tools, and the importance of staying healthy
- Learn about basic health habits and hand hygiene
- Reading a related storybook
Day 5: Teachers and Helping Others
- Focus on teachers: Discuss their roles in education and helping students learn
- Engage in a classroom “Teaching Time” activity, where students take turns teaching each other
- Culmination activity: Create a “Thank You” card for a community helper of their choice
Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)
- “Whose Hands Are These?: A Community Helper Guessing Book” by Miranda Paul Amazon Link
- “Doctor Ted” by Andrea Beaty Amazon Link
- “Curious George and the Firefighters” by H.A. Rey Amazon Link
Recommended Video Links
- Sesame Street: “Community Helpers” YouTube Link
- KidVision: “A Day in the Life of a Firefighter” YouTube Link
- Peekaboo Kidz: “Let’s Meet a Police Officer!” YouTube Link
Arts and Crafts Activity
Create a “Community Helper Paper Doll” activity: Provide templates for different community helpers’ uniforms and have students color and assemble their own paper dolls.
“Fire and Water”: Conduct a simple experiment to demonstrate how water and oil react when combined, mimicking a fire-related scenario.
Encourage students to choose a community helper they appreciate and create a “Thank You” card to express their gratitude.
Discuss the concept of helping others and being kind, emphasizing the importance of community and caring for one another as taught in various biblical stories, such as the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).