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Are you looking for resources to teach a community helpers unit?  Here are some of the best activities, books, printables, and videos to make your planning easier. These are perfect for kindergarten and first grade students. 

Kids dressed up as community helpers

A Community Helper theme is a great way to teach students about the people who live and work in their neighborhood.  Students learn more about their own community. Looking at some of the different vocations will help them realize that everyone has an important role to play. It is also great for talking about what you want to be when you grow up!

A community helper is anyone that helps keep our community functioning well. Naturally, this would include police, firefighters and mail carriers. But it also includes dentists, doctors, construction workers, and mechanics!

Community Helpers is one of those themes that can be done at any time in the year. take a look at all the great resources we have.

LET’S START WITH 8 HELPFUL BOOKS

One of my favorite things to do for our social studies units is the load up my library with nonfiction books.  There are so many fabulous books.  I literally go to the library and just load up and grab one or two of every book!  I love too that.

5 VIDEOS ABOUT COMMUNITY HELPERS

Check out these teacher-approved videos about community helpers

Radical Jnr has a series of Imagine that videos showcasing different occupations. Here’s a couple of examples.

You can find the rest of the series here.

free posters

 FREE COMMUNITY HELPER PICTURE PROMPTS

I use picture Prompts to spark amazing stories.  By talking about the vocabulary first you will be able to front-load the kids with all the ideas they need.  To save you time I’ve created some free picture prompts! Just download, print, and laminate for durability.

A HELPFUL UNIT FOR PREP FREE TEACHING

I want to share a great little unit I made.  I have such a hard time with science and social studies because our curriculum is always so vague.  So I usually search Pinterest, go through friends files, and do whatever I can to pull activities out of thin air.  So I started making these interactive books I can just print and go.  Literally, all you have to do is add some nonfiction books and you are ready to go.

So this set includes 10 careers.  Each career includes

  • A bubble map
  • A clue
  • An activity that puts them in the shoes of that career.

My favorite is the doctor. Kinders cut out the patient and glue on band-aides.  It was so funny hearing my kids saying, “Oh you broke your arm, here’s a band-aid.”  Oh, you broke your leg, here’s a band-aid.” Lots of fun

At the end, they have a great journal featuring 10 careers to take home! Click here to get your copy!

Community Helpers

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6 MORE COMMUNITY HELPER ACTIVITIES

YOUR TURN

What is your favorite teaching activity in a Community Helper Unit? What has worked well for your Kinders? Comment below.

 

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Jennifer is the author and founder of Simply Kinder. She has over 15 years teaching experience with most of those being in kindergarten. She believes Kindergarten can be academic and fun!
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