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Begin my making a list of the community helpers students can identify in their community. Those helpers might include firefighters, police officers, mail carriers, doctors, and so on. Does the students' list include librarians, EMTs, paramedics, teachers, bus drivers, snow "plowers," crossing guards, bakers, grocers, plumbers, volunteers in all areas?

Cut out and share articles about community helpers that appear in the local newspaper -- especially when they are about someone students have met. You may find that students begin bringing in similar pictures and articles to share. Keep a scrapbook.

Visit the workplaces of as many community helpers as you can. Encourage students to help you plan each visit before leaving the classroom: elicit a list of questions to ask, and make a picture map showing the route you will take to get there and back. Upon returning, use the map to review the trip and add pictures of what was seen along the way -- and where it was seen. Always take a camera along to record the trip. Labeling photos is a great language activity and acts as a no-pain review.

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