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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.
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?
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.
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.
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. 
Get more bang for your buck by teaching addition and subtraction fact family lesson plans.
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.
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!
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.
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 plan provides you with five different teaching options, vocabulary, web  links, multiple attachments, and material links. The lesson plan is flexible, but still provides everything needed to make it successful.
Here's the teacher guide to a unit on family and family vocabulary. Sift through the ideas (a pre-test, lesson activity, and closing activity are all included), and include them in your own unit. Since visual connections are a great way to reach beginning language learners, definitely encourage your class to bring in family portraits, as suggested. This will help them recognize the French word(s) for each family member.
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. 
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 worksheet 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.
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. 
In this family life instructional activity, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about family life and relationships. Students complete 7 questions total to get their merit badge.
Students pretend to be King or Queen. In this royal family lesson, students draw a family tree and review family vocabulary words. Students identify members of the royal family and take a royal family quiz. Students discuss their opinions about having a royal family.
Creative lesson and activity ideas that record family stories and memories.
Students play with math. In this early childhood lesson plan, students create drawings of family members to use for math activities including counting, seriating, sorting, grouping, and sequencing.
Students decide on favorite classroom songs to include in a book of sing-along song lyrics. In this book-making lesson, students cooperatively decide on their favorite songs from the year. They then work on illustrations that represent their chosen songs. The teacher copies and binds books for all class families, and the class plans and puts on a family sing-along program.