Urban, Suburban, & Rural Areas

Our Urban, Suburban, & Rural Areas lesson plan teaches students the differences between urban, suburban, and rural places. They learn to define each and practice identifying different urban, suburban, and rural places and their characteristics.

Our Urban, Suburban, and Rural Areas lesson plan introduces students to the three community types and their differences. Many students may have heard the three terms before but may not understand the differences. They should also become aware of what is the same between the different communities, and that many people generally have the same goals in life, regardless of where they live. During this lesson, students are asked to work creatively to design and draw a home found in a rural, suburban, or urban community, including the area around the home, like businesses, farmland, other houses, parks, and more. Students are also asked to tell whether given people, places, or other items are most likely found in a rural, suburban, or urban community, or all places.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define, identify, and compare urban, suburban, and rural areas.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

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Social Studies


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

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    Lindsay H.
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    Excellent Activities

    Thank you for the materials!

    Kelly C.
    US US
    Reading level and details spot on!

    I used this for third grade to reinforce the idea of the different areas. The lessons were detailed and I enjoyed there was variety and allowed for differentation. The reading level was appropriate for the readers. Great use of images to reinforce ideas.

    Carlos G.
    US US
    Awesome Lesson

    I really enjoyed this lesson, was easy to follow and the extra content made it easy for students to understand.