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Virtual Class Trips

By John Calvert
This unit was designed on a wiki with rural, urban, and suburban virtual class trips. Teachers can follow the six weeks of 25 lessons on the teacher pages:
  • Week 1: Natural Resources
  • Week 2: Urban Communities
  • Week 3: Rural Communities
  • Week 4: Suburban Communities
  • Week 5: Compare Communities
  • Week 6: Performance Task
Students can choose different communities and use Google Maps and street views to travel through those communities to answer questions.

Created in 2011

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Areas:Technology
History/Social Science
English/Language Arts
Themes/Keywords: Communities
Field Trips

renewable, resources, scarcity, reuse, recycle, conserve, landfill, compost, pollution, urban, suburban, rural, Neighborhood, community, panorama, apartment, skyscraper, traffic, crowd, subway

Essential Question(s)
1. How can you tell that a community is urban, suburban or rural?
2. What common needs do people have in urban, suburban and rural communities?
3. How does where people live affect how they live?
4. How do people living in different communities use their resources, like land and water?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How are the types of natural resources different?
2. How can we conserve renewable natural resources?

Extension and Activities
1. Divide students into groups. Have each group pick one city from each of the categories and take the virtual trips. Compare the differences of the locations. Apply what they learned to where they live. Are they rural, suburban, or urban? Create a presentation of their town or city answering the same questions as the cities/town they learned about. Present what they created to the class or parent group.

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pictureBernice Stafford
Educational Consultant
CILC - Carlsbad, California

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