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The history of the northern states' involvement in the slave trade is not widely known. This resource uses the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and the nonfiction book, Children of the New England Slave Trade, to examine this aspect of slavery in the US. Both works are the result of the author's accidental discovery that an ancestor, living in the North, was a slave holder. After discussing the issues raised by these texts, individuals are encourage to search their own family trees to uncover stories in their family histories. 
What do families around the world have in common? Explore this theme through the popular animated film My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki. 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.
In this learning exercise 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.
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.
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 family life 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 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 learn more about one another as they explore family photos and stories. In this early childhood language arts instructional activity, students develop language, listening, and social skills, and cultural awareness as they share photographs and stories about their families.
Have you ever tried using arrays to help you teach the fact families that go with multiplication and division? If not, you should read this article! Some excellent and easy-to-implement ideas are presented, along with some good lessons which are linked at the bottom of the page.
Facilitate discussion about goals and family relationships with this resource from the New York Times and The Learning Network. After reading through an excerpt about Marshall Reid, a sixth grader who worked with his family to create Portion Size Me, learners respond to a writing prompt about working together with their families. The videos that Marshall taped of the process are also a great resource to extend this prompt and foster discussion! Class members can respond online or on paper.
Students interview relatives and compose a family story on the computer. They compile this lesson is with two others involving art and media into a student portfolio. Each student researches, diagrams and writes a story with a beginning, middle and end about appreciation for their own family heritage.
Students identify families of instruments. For this music lesson, students read Berlioz the Bear and identify the families of instruments. Students sing "Mr. Gus Goes Goofy," and listen for the sounds of the instruments.
Class members complete a series of activities that point out the importance of families as a social institution. Materials underscore the diversity and commonality of people, the need for global cooperation, and the need for a multicultural perspective.
Learners trace their family history back to their great-grandparents and examine where their family is from and what types of jobs their ancestors had. They also define different terms used to describe family relations such as sister/brother, mother/father, aunt/uncle, etc. Finally, students graphically depict a family tree.
Students design a detailed drawing of their family crest. They incorporate imagery that's relevant to their family's life. Students consider the variety os shapes for the family crest- circles, ellipses, and triangles. They represent their family name in their crest. Students use contemporary lettering styles and script.
Students examine the diversity of American families. In this family life instructional activity, students research the life of Michael Oher, whose life is the subject of the "The Blind Side". Students discuss their research findings and design a mural based on the diversity of American families.
Learners examine families through photography. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students examine photographs of families and discuss the attributes of families. Learners select family photographs to analyze in writing.
First graders explore their family history. In this social studies lesson plan, 1st graders discuss ways to research their family trees and research their family history. Students share their research.