Lesson 3: Communities Change

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • Why do communities change?
  • What are examples of changes that happen over time?
  • What changes are taking place in my environment?
  • What changes occur in nature?
  • How do people change over time?
  • How have people changed from past to present?

Facts and Definitions

  • People in the past lived differently than people in the present.
  • Chronological order is events arranged according to their time or when they happened.
  • Artifacts are discovered objects that people used in the past.


  • Observe and describe how individuals and families grow and change (SS)
  • Place events in chronological order (SS)
  • Collect and organize information (S)
  • Order numbers (M)
  • Use pictures to support written and spoken language (LA)
  • Evaluate how the lives of individuals and families of the past are different from what they are today (SS)
  • Observe and summarize changes within communities (SS)
  • Place events in chronological order (SS)


  • The House on Maple Street by Bonnie Pryor
  • colored pencils or markers
  • glue
  • handwriting paper (kit)
  • scissors


Review the idea that people who lived long ago, in the past, lived very differently than we do today, in the present. Ask your child if he can describe ways people in the past lived differently.