Grade Levels: 3 - 5


  • Students will use vocabulary related to understanding what makes a community.
  • Students will identify some of the important elements that help define community.
  • Students will think about how they participate in and contribute to their own communities.



  1. Introduce key vocabulary: laws, nectar, participate, residents, responsibility, structure.
  2. Have individuals or partners complete the Communities worksheet as they explore the Enter the Hive site and click on the "about the hive" section. (You many want to recommend students turn the background music off; they can do so by clicking on the "turn music off" button.)
  3. Set up a time when students can share the information they discovered.


Use the Communities – Teacher Checklist to assess students' ability to take notes and understand the meaning of community.

Extension Activities

  • Choose from a large collection of cross-curricular activities for all grade levels.
  • Have students use the Scavenger Hunt Scrapbook (http://www.planning.org/kidsandcommunity/scavenger_hunt/default.htm) to find a selection of the items on the town scavenger hunt list. If necessary, modify the activity to include items that can be found in or around your school.
  • Have students work in pairs or small groups to create scrapbooks of their community, using the items found on the scavenger hunt. Invite them to share their scrapbooks with the rest of the class.

National Educational Technology Standards

  • practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.
  • use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights in your classroom! Hanukkah begins at sundown December 6.

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, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

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Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.