One of the most fun projects I ever did with a third grade class was we
developed a community using the clear plastic lids of "salad boxes" from
places like McDonalds or Wendys....each plastic lid became a "store front"
and was glued to a flat piece of paper on which the student had cut, drawn,
collaged a particular kind of store one would find in that community....
It makes a great bulletin board display...and the kids made their own
town....including streets, people, and all the kinds of buildings and stores
one would find in a community...They loved it and it was really fun making
because they were able to use their own knowledge of their own
community...and stretch it a little...
We drew maps of the room...maps of their house.... then maps of the
school...then maps of the community. We also looked at art pieces that
communicate a sense of community, like Faith Ringold's Tar Beach...Norman
Rockwell's community pictures...This is a wonderful subject for art
production and art history....