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Tool: Investigating your community’s resources

Here are several suggestions for learning about the types of resources listed below:

  • Use a search engine (e.g., Google, Yahoo) to locate information about your community
  • Talk with colleagues and your students
  • Talk with friends and neighbors
  • Read the local newspaper
  • Use the Yellow Pages

As you find information about different resources, make notes on the chart below. Over time, this chart can serve as a cumulative record of what you know about community resources and ideas for making connections with the curriculum.

Type of resource

Information gathered

Possible connections with curriculum

Local agencies: fire, police, parks and recreation, travel

Federal government agencies: environmental protection, postal service, armed forces

Bureaus: FBI, visitors, speakers

Centers: poison control, consumer information, tourism

Chamber of Commerce

Clubs and organizations: veterans, Kiwanis, Rotary, Toastmasters

Outdoor education programs

Community gardens and nature areas

Non-profit agencies

Retirement communities

Museums and galleries

Cultural and historical societies

Sculptures and monuments

Colleges and universities: community, private, state

Libraries: community, Internet, university

Laboratories

Professional offices: attorneys, health professionals

Industries

Transportation: train, subway, bus

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