Living in Communities

What is “Community”?

Living in Communities

Participants will discuss a "sense of place"...what makes a community feel like "home." They will review their own communities and describe what they like and what they would change about their community.

They will discuss their opinions about suburban growth and sprawl. It is recommended that students view the DVD "Community Choices," produced by the Conservation Fund and narrated by Ed McMahon.


  • What are characteristics of a healthy community?
  • What do you like about your own community and what would you change?
  • Why is it important todevelop a "sense of place?"


  • Cut out pictures of different communities from magazines.
  • Provide flipcharts and pens for four groups.
  • Provide chalk board or one central flip chart for recording responses.
  • Prepare Like/Don’t Like photo activity sheets.


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