Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how changes over time have affected their families and influenced how their families and communities are today.
make paper doll chains
"The family is the group we go home to"
the various compositions of families (e.g., large/small, one/two parent, two/more generations, foster parents, adopted children, blended, extended); and
the function of families (e.g., work/play together, share responsibilities, have problems, solve problems together, have problems that children can/can't change)
make a class book: How does a family share?
instead of the typical family tree, do not put specific boxes for each person, maybe just put on many leaves, make a web, make concentric circles to show who lives with the child, others who are close but don't live with
make a chart of family words (wordle.com?)
make plasticine models of family members; make use plasticine as relief
make graph of number of people in family (may use postit notes, may use 2 colours, one for family you live with and one for other family
include people who are not "family" but are very close to the family
Discussion may emphasize the quality of relationships (e.g., the way family members care and help each other, talk to each other, and share interests, successes, failures) rather than the physical size and structure of families.
make a chart of things that are the same about all families and things that may be different
for graphs, may use laminated or digital student pictures
play with dolls representing a wide range of racial or cultural backgrounds
make a collage of magazine pictures of families or digital pictures of families
invite siblings into the class
talk about how we are different roles all at the same time eg. daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister etc. (build vocabulary for English Language Learners)
may ask, "How is a school or a class like a family?"
Explore rituals. Have students identify rituals in their families. You may want to start with stems such as:
- Every Saturday evening ________.
- Every Sunday morning _________.
- Every summer ____________.
- Every morning ____________.
Use a concept attainment lesson to develop understandings about rituals. Present "yes" and "no" examples of a rituals as statements. Either have the students classify the statements as "ritual" and "not a ritual", or for more advanced students, place the statements under "yes" and "no" organizers and have students identify the concept. Use statements such as:
- My aunt is bringing her new husband to visit us for the first time.
- My grandparents are coming to visit. They always spend Thanksgiving at our house.
- Dad says that this year we will take a holiday instead of exchanging Christmas presents.
- Our family always goes to church together on Sunday morning.
- Mom always lets me stay up a little later on Friday evenings.
- In our community people who have moved away always try to come back for funerals or weddings.
- My aunt always takes part in the tea making event at the winter festivals.
- Every Saturday morning we get groceries.
Using examples of traditions that would be practised by your students, ask them how they learn these traditions. Emphasize that this is one of the ways cultural knowledge is passed down within the family.
Ask students how they celebrate:
- special events like weddings and funerals
- Mother's Day, Father's Day
Discuss how children learn about customs from parents and grandparents and by taking part in the celebration. Talk about ways the children help to prepare for celebration. Ask students to tell about ways they can help get ready for celebrations in their homes. Identify and diagram similarities and differences in celebrations.
roles and responsibilities:
How does each person in family help out?
rules and safety at home (connect with Health)
Voices text Line Master p.98-99
Voices text Line Master p.101-103
family identity forming:
Miss Spider: Family tree video (full episode), Happy Heartwood Day
Family Culture:draw a picture of your favourite family meal -- laminate to become placemats