Describing the Neighborhood

Purpose/Skills

  • To use increasingly complex language, including words that name and describe
  • To build vocabulary

Materials
Clipboard and writing paper (or strong pad), pen, chart paper

Vocabulary
neighborhood
town
city

Literature Suggestion
Read A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman, or any book that features an interesting neighborhood.

Warm-Up

  • Look through the pictures in the book.
  • Explain that a neighborhood is a place where people live. A neighborhood includes all the buildings, people, animals, plants, and things in a place.
  • Challenge children to describe the neighborhood in the book.

Procedure

  • Tell the children that they are going to explore the neighborhood nearby. Explain that you will be their assistant. They will describe what they see and hear in the neighborhood, and you will write their words on paper.
  • Take a walk around the neighborhood. Have children tell you what they see. Encourage children to look for vehicles, stop lights, animals, signs, stores, houses, plants, parks, and people. Then have them focus on what they hear.
  • When you get back from your walk, read the list aloud. Make a chart of the items from your list, with little picture symbols next to the words. You may want to include categories such as People or Buildings.
Enrichment
Make a big neighborhood mural using cut-out pictures and drawings. Write labels for all the items on the mural.

Observation Assessment

  • Proficient - Child is able to name five or more things in the neighborhood, from a range of categories, using a rich vocabulary to describe them.
  • In Process - Child is able to name a few, common things in the neighborhood from no more than two categories, and can briefly describe some of them.
  • Not Yet Ready - Child points to or names only one or two common objects, or does not name or describe them.

Excerpted from School Readiness Activity Cards. The Preschool Activity Cards provide engaging and purposeful experiences that develop language, literacy, and math skills for preschool children.


If you need to teach it, we have it covered.

Start your free trial to gain instant access to thousands of expertly curated worksheets, activities, and lessons created by educational publishers and teachers.

Start Your Free Trial

Follow us on:

Follow TeacherVision on Facebook
Follow TeacherVision on Google Plus

Highlights

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum! Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event. Happy holidays!

Bullying Prevention Resources
Bullying can cause both physical and emotional harm. Put a stop to classroom bullying, with our bullying prevention resources. Learn how to recognize several forms of bullying and teasing, and discover effective techniques for dealing with and preventing bullying in school.

Conflict Resolution
Teach your students to how resolve conflict amongst themselves without resorting to name-calling, fights, and tattling.

Immigration Resources
Studying immigration brings to light the many interesting and diverse cultures in the world.