Types of Communities

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10567

Do you live in a city or on a farm? What is the difference? Watch a video and complete several online activities to learn about the 3 types of communities. You'll even create a fun, easy project!


People and Their Environment, World

learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Look outside your window.

  • What do you see?
  • Do you see big, open farm land?
  • Do you see your neighbor’s house?
  • Can you see tall buildings?

What you see out your window will give you great clues as to what kind of community you live in.

  • Do you know the word community?

A community is a place where people work, live, and play. There are three main communities in which people live: rural, suburban, and urban. 

A rural community is also called the country. 

If you live outside of town with wide open space, you live in a rural community. People who live in rural communities usually have large yards with neighbors far away. There are few buildings and few businesses in rural communitiesFarms are located in rural communities because they need open areas to grow crops and raise animals.

rural community

A suburban community is the area right outside of a city.

In the suburbs, many people live in neighborhoods or small apartment complexes. There are parks, libraries, grocery stores, and other stores people need. Suburban communities are the main areas where people live.

suburban community

The urban community is also called a city.

In the urban communities, there are a lot of tall buildings. It is much more crowded than any other community. Since there is not a lot of space in the city, many people use mass transit (buses, subways).

urban community

After learning more about the three communities, in which type do you live? Share your answer with your teacher.

Watch What Makes a Good Community to review what you have learned. Listen to the boy talk about the details of each community.

  • In which community would you like to live? Why?
  • Which community is your least favorite? Why? 

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