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Comparing Communities: Urban, Suburb, and Rural

These sites have information about the characteristics of communities. Learn about urban, suburban and rural communities and discover how they differ. Includes photographs and lesson plans. An eThemes resource on urban wildlife is included.


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Watch a video about the differences between these different types of communities. NOTE: This site includes a message board.
Explore these links to learn about jobs and other information relating to communities.
Learn what a city planner does and the importance of city planning.
This site has a wealth of lesson plans for teaching about communities and their various components. The link "The City" is especially effective in teaching the parts of a community. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site lets you try to create your own virtual community. Follow the instructions and navigate through the site.
This interactive site lets you explore a new way to design suburbs. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This lesson plan has students study their own community and then design a brochure.
This lesson plan has students learn about other communities by hearing guest speakers share information.
This lesson plan can be adapted for the younger grades. It suggests that students create videos of their community.
This lesson plan offers some ideas on how you can get students to compare different communities. The lesson also mentions to children's books relating to communities. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can look at a map showing the population density of the United States. Teachers can look at lesson plans for many different grades. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can look at photographs of farm scenes.
Learn the difference between these three types of communities. NOTE: In order to view the video you must pay a subscription fee.
Learn about the problem of animals living in urban areas. Find out what humans can do to learn to co-exist with the wildlife.

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