WHERE I LIVE!
Read All Through My Town by Jean Reidy. Discuss things that happen in the
neighborhood(s) or city where the children live. Clip articles and photographs
from school and local newspapers, record a radio or television story, or choose
a video clip from a website that involves area events and topics in which the
children might be interested. School ball games, plays siblings are in, new
movies being shown, and celebrations may be of interest. Share a variety of
information, and always emphasize the street address, the name of the city,
and the state where the event took place so that children become familiar with
the use of those terms. You may also want to tell the children the name of the
facility (park, high school, downtown square, and so on) where the event oc-
curred. When sharing information, refer to any maps or photographs of places
that are displayed in the room.
newspapers, a radio, a television, a video recorder, and a monitor
Invite children and their families to
be reporters and share about any-
thing exciting that is happening in
their neighborhood. Maybe a new
community pool is being built, the
bookmobile is making more frequent
stops, or new swings are being added
to the park. Encourage children and
their families to bring photographs of
the happening to share.
LET Ask a community member to visit the
classroom and share with children
what being a good neighbor means
LE Invite individuals from the media
to visit or video chat and tell about
the stories they have covered in
the children’s neighborhood(s).
Alternatively, visit the local radio
or television station to see what
goes on behind the scenes and meet
reporters who can give you updates
on neighborhood activity.
LET Play and listen to the words of “Ob-
sessed by Trucks” by Justin Roberts.
Invite children to collect all the trucks
in the classroom for a close exam-
ination. Ask children to describe the
physical characteristics of each truck
and to explain the purpose of that
truck. Let children identify which
kinds of trucks are in their neighbor-
hood or city.