Research the cultural heritage of your community. Find out why different groups settled in your community. Did they move to be near family? Were they displaced due to war, poverty, or persecution?
Find out what different people in your community do. With a family member, go talk to a firefighter, a librarian, a construction worker, and people in other professions that interest you.
Community Field Trip
Take a field trip with a trusted adult. Tour different places in your community that you have not explored before.
Find Your Parks
Use the MapMaker Interactive to find where you live. Zoom in to find your community, and take note of all the public parks, big and small. Then visit a new park each weekend. Take pictures and make your own guidebook of parks in your community.
Improve Your Neighborhood
Make your neighborhood a better place. Volunteer with your class to do things like pick up trash.
Earth Day Celebration
What's in a Name?
All names have a historical origin. What about place names in and around your community? Use a map or the MapMaker Interactive and make a list of local names—names of your town or city, neighboring towns, parks in your community, or names of rivers and creeks—and research the origin of these place names. Try using your local library or online research tools. You may uncover a surprising story or find other places around the world with similar names.
Collect things you no longer use and clothes you've outgrown. Give them to charity.