Community Close-Up Brochures
In this activity, students express a personal view of
land areas as well as buildings, schools, stores, and cultural events that make
their community unique.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Large sheets of construction paper (folded in a "z" to create a brochure)
- Tourist brochures, newspapers, and other community
WHAT TO DO
- In preparation for the activity, brainstorm with students a list of land areas,
schools, stores, cultural events, or people that would "advertise," or show off the best
features of their community.
- To help students in brainstorming, have available local newspapers, picture maps,
or brochures that highlight geographical features or cultural celebrations held
throughout the year.
- Tell students that they can work in pairs or individually to design and create a
"Community Brochure" that would attract new residents or
vistors to their neighborhood or community. Students can create the brochure by drawing and/or
cutting and pasting images from existing publications.
- Let students share their completed brochures with another class. You
might also consider planning a hallway display of Community Brochures near the
front office or other visible area in your school.
Students who are new to the community -- or new to the United States --
may want to create a brochure of the community from which they came.
This is a great way to make new students feel comfortable; it also gives
the rest of the class an opportunity to learn about other communities, near and far.
Invite a small group of business people or community leaders to visit your
classroom and listen to students present their Community Brochures.
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