Community Helpers Curriculum

Content Standards:
New Jersey State Department of Education Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards:

Social/Emotional Development
0.1.3. Actively engage in activities and interactions with teachers and peers
0.5.1. Play independently and cooperatively in pairs and small groups
0.5.2. Engage in pretend play
0.5.4. Take turns.

Visual and Performing Arts
1.4.1. Demonstrate the safe and appropriate use and care of art materials and tools.
1.4.2. Create two- and three- dimensional works of art while exploring color, line, shape, form, texture, and space.
1.4.5. Demonstrate planning, persistence, and problem-solving skills while working independently, or with others, during the creative process.

English Language Arts
RL.PK.1. With prompting and support, ask and answer key elements in a familiar story or poem.
RL.PK.2. With prompting and support, retell familiar stories or poems.
RL.PK.3. With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a familiar story.
RL.PK.10. Actively participate in read aloud experiences using age appropriate literature in individual, small and large groups.
RI.PK.1. With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key elements in a familiar text.
RI.PK.2. With prompting and support, recall important facts from a familiar text.
RI.PK.3. With prompting and support, make a connection between pieces of essential information in a familiar text.

Approaches to Learning
9.4.1. Use prior knowledge to understand new experiences or a problem in a new context (e.g., after learning about snakes, children make comparisons when finding a worm on the playground).
9.4.2. Make connections between ideas, concepts, and subjects (e.g., children take pictures from a field trip or nature walk and use them to write and illustrate classroom books).

Social Studies, Family, and Life Skills
6.3.1. Develop an awareness of the physical features of the neighborhood/community.
6.3.2. Identify, discuss, and role-play the duties of a range of community workers.

Health, Safety, and Physical Education
2.3.1. Use safe practices indoors and out (e.g., wear bike helmets, walk in the classroom, understand how to participate in emergency drills, and understand why car seats and seat belts are used).
2.3.3. Identify community helpers who assist in maintaining a safe environment.
2.3.4. Know how to dial 911 for help.