Living in Communities

Academic Standards

Living in Communities

The Changing Face of Pennsylvania includes three activities:

Activity 1: What is "Community"? »
Activity 2: Community Changes, Community Choices »
Activity 3: Survey Your Community »

Participants will review examples of Pennsylvania communities and highlight positive characteristics inherent in quality neighborhoods such as safety, recreation, green spaces, places to visit, things to do, good neighbors and positive places for working, living and recreating. Participants will become members of communities faced with the challenges of a changing community and must determine creative ways to face the changes to maintain the quality of life they envisioned for their hypothetical community.

Participants will analyze their own community, using tools such as questionnaires, completing worksheets and comparing visual preferences.

Standard Categories

  • Environment and Ecology
  • Civics and Government
  • Geography

Standard Statements

4.8 Humans and the Environment
5.3 How Government Works
7.3 Human Characteristics of Places and Regions
7.4 The Interactions Between People and Places

Content Objectives

  • Define community, explain the impacts city, suburb and sprawl have on people and community
  • Describe characteristics and benefits of a healthy community
  • Analyze how human activities affect the environment
  • Survey and compare characteristics of a community
  • Problem solve solutions to community land use issues
  • Conduct preference survey and analyze human needs and wants
  • Define actions to improve their community

Instructional Strategies

  • Analysis
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Survey
  • Data Analysis
  • Problem Solving
  • Presentation

Assessment Strategies

  • Rubric for Project
  • Presentations
  • Survey
  • Class Participation

Time Required

  • 3.0 hours (one hour per activity. Time may be needed for the community survey outside of class.)

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