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Grade K Literacy in Social Studies: Thinking About Families
Family is a wonderful subject for little learners to get excited about. Family is also the theme for a social studies unit that uses literacy standards throughout. The guide outlines approximately three weeks of instruction and breaks down each Common Core standard addressed by tasks or questions the children will complete or be able to answer. The kids will become experts on the topic of family through reading, writing, and discussion. The only thing missing in this resource is an art project. What is kindergarten without an art project?
Lesson: All in the Family
Who was the Radcliffe family? Young learners find out about the life and times of a family from long ago. They analyze the family portrait, write a story about the family, and then use their story to create thought or word bubbles which will bring the painting to life.
Sir William Pepperrell and His Family by John Singleton Copley
Seven great activities accompany the background information you'll find here. Learners will be introduced to the painting Sir William Pepperrell and His Family by John Singleton Copley. Great information on the painting, the artist, and guided observation questions make this a wonderful resource.
What is family? Challenge your scholars to write an encompassing definition of what this word means to them. After reading "It May Be a Family Matter, But Just Try to Define Family," class members discuss the emotional issues surrounding the family of Terri Schiavo, and then craft a position paper about the Terri Schiavo case.
Addition and Subtraction Fact Family Lesson Plans
Get more bang for your buck by teaching addition and subtraction fact family lesson plans.
Snow Globe Family
Kindergartners sequence the parts of a story using a snow globe as a setting. They will listen to Snow Globe Family and retell the parts of the story noting the beginning, the middle, and the end. Then they will make their own snow globes to discuss snow and weather.
Family and Community
Here is a beautiful set of lessons on family and community. These charming, engaging, and meaningful lessons would be of benefit for any Pre-K through 2nd grade learners. The lessons are jam-packed with terrific in-class, and at-home activities. Pupils will learn about their own family history and will become more familiar with their classmates from taking part in these fine lessons. Very impressive!
My Arkansas Family Tree
Here is a two-part lesson that introduces learners to genealogy by having them create family trees, and map the movements of their ancestors. While this resource is designed for kids who live in Arkansas, it certainly can be adapted for kids who live in other states. There are some fantastic worksheets which will allow kids to successfully get an accurate view of their family's history and migratory patterns. All it takes is an interview with some elders.
Here is a solid lesson for differentiating types of functions: linear, exponential, and quadratic. Mathematicians work in groups to create a table of values for a function that they are given. They graph the assigned function and compare it to others. Finally, each presents their graph to the rest of the class so that the graphs can be placed into families of functions. In order to meet Common Core standards, make sure to draw their attention to the functions that result in linear graphs. Internet links and additional materials are provided to make teaching this concrete lesson a breeze.
Family Forms and Family Life Cycle
There are so many different types of families, and each family functions in a different way. Discover the different roles, responsibilities, and relationships that develop in different family types. The lesson provides you with five different teaching options, vocabulary, web links, multiple attachments, and material links. The lesson is flexible, but still provides everything needed to make it successful.
The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on Veterans and Their Families
As far back as your scholars can remember, their country has been at war. Be sure they understand the various implications of this global conflict by presenting personal stories of veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the front lines. They watch video clips about TBI, filling out a viewing guide as they go. There are great informational handouts to educate military families about this under-diagnosed condition, possibly with the goal of creating an outreach. Check out the extension ideas for further research plans. It's best to find this instructional activity on the PBS website by entering "POV TBI" into the search engine, as the viewing guide and videos are actually linked there.
Our Family and Other Families: Using Totoro to Teach Family Structure
What do families around the world have in common? Explore this theme through the popular animated film My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Mikazaki. Over the course of two days, pupils view the film, pausing to discuss their own families and the family relationships they observe in the movie. Close the activity by asking class members to compose poems about families.
The Clark Family Story: Tracing the Cause of Hemophilia
Ms. Strohfeldt did not omit anything when she designed this comprehensive lesson plan on DNA mutation and sex-linked traits. Begin with a pretest as an anticipatory set. Read a case history of the Clark family and the occurrence of hemophilia in the family. Biologists perform a simulation of a gel electrophoresis for each member of the family and explore DNA sequences. You will find detailed teacher's notes, worksheets with answer keys, and resource links to help you teach this lesson.
Family Quilts Keep us Warm
Students explore families and culture. In this family and culture lesson, students discuss their families and their similarities and differences. Students read the book The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco and create their own quilt square. Students also discuss patterns found in quilts.
Where Did Our Families Come From?
Youngsters take a look at the kind of people who originally settled in Colorado and find out where their families originally came from. They determine how many generations of their family have lived in Colorado. A very good worksheet learners can use to gather the information about their family members is embedded in this fine history and social science plan.
Debunking Myths about Financial Aid: A Workshop for Students and Families
If you are a teacher who wants to provide specific information to potential college students and their families, then look no further. Here is an outline, quiz, and slide-show content that is sure to help you debunk myths related to obtaining financial aid for college.
Family Traditions, Customs and Beliefs
Students discuss African childhood, explore family traditions, customs, and beliefs, examine African recipes, discuss differences or similarities in food preparation between the U.S. and Africa, and prepare a dish with adult supervision.
French and Family
Where is France? Interest young learners in exploring France, French language, and French culture. They identify similarities and differences between French and American families, speak the French words for family members, analyze maps, and explore various websites. Get them started by learning vocabulayr words in context.
All in the Family
Students develop family genealogy charts in search of noticeable genetic relationships between relatives. They research their family and write a reflection on the genetic relationships between individuals on the chart.
In this instructional activity on family members, students describe what is meant by family, their duty to family, and family meetings. In addition, they create a budget for their family for one month keeping track of all expenses for 7 days. Finally, students prepare a family energy-saving plan with the help of an adult and explain how they would carry it out. There are 13 various short answer questions including charts to fill-in.