Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- How do you define service learning? How is service learning different from community volunteer work?
- What does a teacher need to consider in helping students become involved in a community project?
- What are some ways to connect social studies to issues and projects in the school or community?
- How does students' understanding of social studies concepts like community involvement change across different grade levels? What does a teacher need to think about when planning lessons that include different age groups?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Caring for the Community," take notes on Ms. Lerner's instructional strategies. Note what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- Consider the ways in which this class is different from yours. How might you introduce a service learning project in your own community?
- What prior learning experiences did students need in order to succeed in this lesson?
- What was especially effective about the way Ms. Lerner taught social studies in this multiage classroom?
- How are the learning needs of all the students in Ms. Lerner's multiage classroom addressed? What evidence indicates that Ms. Lerner is aware of the range of needs in her multiage classroom?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Lerner's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.