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  • 1:05 Communities Help Each Other
  • 1:55 Communities Are Diverse
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Instructor: Charles Kinney, Jr.
There are many communities. In fact, you are probably a part of at least a few communities. In this lesson, you will read about what makes a community and how communities solve problems.

What Is a Community?

A community is a group of people living or working together in the same area. People in communities might go to the same schools, shop in the same stores and do the same things. They also help each other and solve problems together. If it's a bigger community, the people in it might not always go to the same places, but they might like or believe in the same things.

What kind of communities are you in? Let us start with your family. They are a type of community because they usually live together and do a lot of the same things. Then there are your friends. They share your ideas and probably go to the same school. Your neighborhood is a community. Your town or city is a community in your state. Your state is a community that is part of the United States. What is the biggest community? Probably the universe. We are all part of it.

In a way, bees and ants are a community. They live and work together and solve problems by working together. Many animals live in their own kinds of communities.

Communities Help Each Other

People in communities help each other. By working together, they can solve problems that are too big for one person.

Take a piece of paper. Rip in it half. One piece of paper does not stand a chance against you! It is an easy thing to do. Now take lots of sheets of paper. Try to rip them in half. It is much harder to do because the pieces of paper work together to create one strong thing. In a way, this is like a community. By working together, many smaller parts can make something very strong.

An example of a community working together is planting more trees in the park. Planting one tree is a big job, so imagine how much work planting 100 trees would be! If a community works together, they are like the paper. Your community is stronger when they work together. It can plant a lot more trees and get the job done much faster.

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