Second Grade Nest: Community Helpers Shared Research & Writing Project

Monday, September 23, 2013

Community Helpers Shared Research & Writing Project

Our first grade classes just finished up our community helpers unit and we had a blast! 
We decided to take this social studies unit and make it our shared research project to start off first grade. The kiddos did great! 

In this three week unit, we...
*read informational books about community helpers
*used our research skills to find important details
*brainstormed helpers using our ABCs
*created an ABC book using our pictures and words

During Reading time in their centers throughout the weeks, the first grade teachers rotated books in our classrooms so we got a new set of 10 books each day. Students read to a buddy or by themselves and marked important pages with a post-it note where they either read about how they help our community or saw a picture of them helping our community.

After about a week of reading and fun activities of community helpers, we made an ABC list of community helpers. The students came up with 24/26 of these. 
(Q and Y were really hard for us to think of on our own, thanks Google!)

Then we began our shared writing! 
This took several days. I buddied the students up for one page, so we did about 7-8 pages a day.
Each member of the team had a job (writer, thinker, illustrator, etc.)

Here are a few examples...
[And yes, I did the A, B, and C page for modeling.]

Then, I created the title page.

Holepunched the book together...
And put them on binder rings for easy flipping. 

It is now a daily part of our reading library.
Students can read through it during the reading center. It is located in the informational book bin.
The students feel so proud that a book they wrote is in my library!  

If you're interested in the templates for this book, click here! 

Also, this Labor Day/Community Helper pack really helped in the introduction part of our project.


  1. I am not sure where the link is for the community helper book download. I couldn't find it on the click here link or on the pictures. Looks like you had such a fun time! I am sure you kiddos loved the unit!


  2. Nice Read!!!! Writing research paper as well as essay writing is popular because nowadays students do not have time to complete the work after school. So it's the best option to hire a specialist for that , so they get papers done on time.

  3. This is a great program. My heart always goes to those organization and school who personally organized or donate books for the children to read, and do things such this. Jessica of writing term paper Editor