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Cut & Paste: Characteristics of Communities

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Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 2

Identify characteristics of the different types of communities (urban, rural, suburban) with a cut-and-paste sorting worksheet.

Study the Types of Communities with a Sort!

Are you working on teaching your students the different types of communities around them? Do they know what the differences are between rural areas, suburban areas, and urban areas? Are you looking for an easy way to help them understand and identify the different characteristics of communities? We can help!

This cut-and-paste worksheet is a simple yet effective way to help your students differentiate between urban, rural, and suburban areas. Students are given a set of ten characteristics to cut out and read. These are a mix of words, statements, and pictures that relate to each specific community. The goal is for students to take what they know about the definition of community and apply it to match the characteristics of the community they are found in.

Rural vs. Suburban vs. Urban in a Snap!

Use this printable community sort to help your second graders draw comparisons between different types of communities. This resource will help your students understand

  • What is a community?
  • What does urban mean?
  • What is a rural area?
  • What is a suburban area?
  • What is the difference between urban and suburban communities?
  • What is the difference between urban and rural communities?


Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Geography lessons.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by

  • Providing read-aloud accommodations or restating the characteristics of each community.
  • Providing students with a Types of Community anchor chart or community poster display.


Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

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This resource was created by Bellamy Taylor-Pines, a teacher in Illinois and Teach Starter Collaborator.


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