Lesson 4

Connect With Other Community of Students


  • NCSS Standard: People, Places, and Environments - provide opportunities for learners to examine, interpret, and analyze interactions of human beings and their physical environments, and to observe and analyze social and economic effects. Students will begin seeing the interactions of the partner school they are in contact with. The will be given opportunities to analyze this other community they are learning about.
  • MMSD Standard (4): Geography – Explain how physical environment affects the way people live.
  • MMSD Standard (4): Behavioral Science – Compare and contrast individual perspectives and differences.
  • MMSD Standard (4): Explain how personal opinions and choices are shaped by one’s family and community.


  • iEarn website: http://iearn.org/
  • Computer
  • Projector
  • List of questions for other group of students
  • Information guides and pictures from other group
  • Writing Journals
  • Chart and markers


  • Students will connect with another group of students through technology and discuss the research they have conducted.
  • Students will begin to compare and contrast their own community with that of the partner school we are in connection with.
  • Students will experience first-account descriptions from others to visualize the elements of another community.

Lesson Context:

Students will become acquainted with another school doing similar projects getting to know their community. The students will be visiting this school and their community to see one different from their own. Before this lesson begins, the students will have created questions to ask the other students about their community. The other class will be from a different setting than our own, such as rural or urban. This lesson will consist with other days in which the students will generally become acquainted with this other group so they feel comfortable with them when on the future field trip. Additionally, the information guides we have formed and the pictures we have taken will have been sent to the other group and we have received theirs. This way, we can look through the guides and begin forming questions about the places and creating more specific questions about how it affects their community.

Lesson Procedures:

  • The students will begin class by reviewing a few of the questions they have put together to ask the other group of students about their community. Such questions will include inquiries about their cultural makeup in the community, what places are used frequently and why, religious places that are located there, etc. The students can also look through the information guides and the pictures we have received from the other classroom to review our familiarity with their community.
  • A discussion forum will be conducted through Skype or another form of communication realm through the Internet. We will become acquainted with the other classroom and talk about what we have learned from each other thus far.
  • After our video session, we will begin forming a chart to discuss the similarities and the differences. If we have more questions, we will record them in order to ask them if we have the opportunity for another video chat, or for our future field trip with them.
  • The students will write in their journals for approximately 10 minutes. They will be asked about what they’ve learned, how they felt about using the video chat, and what they think about the other community they’re learning about thus far.


The students will be assessed during the interaction between both groups. Were they forming relevant questions and building knowledge about the other group. Further, the students will be comparing and contrasting their community with that of the other group through what they’ve been learning through the online video chat sessions. This will be assessed through a discussion. The students will also be writing in their journals which will be looked at by the teacher.

Special Considerations:

Several students could be shy and reserved to ask their question to a screen. We will build community amongst the two groups as best as the other teacher and I can. We can practice this skill or have more than one student go to the camera at one time. The students can also send their question off to someone else to ask as a last resort.

Next Steps:

Be sure to send out permission slips for the students to travel to the other community.