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Learn about local communities as students in 2nd grade explore the economics, geography, history and civics standards in a unique setting - their own backyard!


Key features:

  • Compelling and supporting questions to guide each chapter
  • Embedded practice opportunities for emerging readers
  • Teacher overviews for each chapter
  • Strategies for teaching included in each section


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Chapter 1:  Why do people live in communities?


Chapter 2:  What are some ways people interact with the environment of their community?


Chapter 3:  How do people work together in a community?


Chapter 4:  How do citizens live together in a community?


Chapter 5:  How and why do communities change over time?


Chapter 6:  How can we make our school a better place?



Materials developed under a grant from the Michigan Department of Education