Communities Lesson

Communities Lesson 

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Objective: students demonstrate collaboration and cooperation.

The story (included) for this lesson is “The Bad Joke That Ended Well.” This short story brings much merriment and laughter to the telling and playing but also provides an opportunity for students to experience community in a deeper sense. Students begin by discussing what qualities make up good and bad communities in which to live. This lesson integrates well with further stories on how cities and communities work. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Third Grade Curriculum.

Third Grade Drama Journal: Communities

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Third Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Collaboration
  • Cooperation


  • Collaboration
  • Communities


  • Open