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What is a Community?

This resource supports the Grade 2 focus "Community."
People, buildings and land - all combine to form a community. The first communities, groups of people living in the same area, were started by early pioneer families. Although pioneer communities looked very different from communities today, modern communities also look different from each other. All communities old or new, large or small - have people, sometimes from different parts of the world. All communities have buildings - places to live, work, go to school, etc. Big cities (urban areas) are divided into small communities and neighbourhoods. Towns and villages are smaller than big cities. People living in farming communities live in rural areas and often travel to nearby towns or cities to work or shop.