We made bridge maps and did some shared writing to learn about community helpers and the jobs they do. The children worked in pairs for this - we brainstormed a list of community helpers and their jobs. They drew the person and the place where they work. (sorry - for some reason, I can't get these to rotate! Sometimes blogger is stubborn!)
We also learned about nouns. We brainstormed and made a list of all the things that we see when we are out in our community. Each child drew some sort of building (house, restaurant, school, etc.) The next day, they drew the smaller things (nouns!) to add the details to the mural. We added labels on the very last day! So, in total it took us about 3 days about 15 minutes each day. There was a bit of prep work on my part - typing the labels and cutting things out for them, but they went away understanding what a noun is!