What does it mean to be a part of a family? You may use these resources to help students develop their ideas.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Prompt students to learn about their cultural heritage through interviews with family members. Students present charts, maps, based on their findings, while family members are invited to bring cultural dishes.
Students interview relatives about their heritage, make a family tree, and map their ancestors' migration in this lesson unit on America's cultural diversity.
Let your students share stories about their own unique families with an underlying theme of all families, whether traditional or not, as loving and caring ensembles.
Children will delight in sharing and learning about their family members.
Lesson planning suggestions and other resources for using the "Oral History Writing Workshop" in the classroom
Students are asked to interview their families about their cultural heritage, create a family tree, and map their journeys to America
This lesson plan will teach children about diversity in families through a quilt craft, fingerplays, family photos, and more.
Activities, reproducibles, and tips for teaching kids K-1 about families. Includes "Button Broods, "Families on Display," a discussion of animal families, and much more!
A cross-curricular theme unit celebrating family. Activities include making a family tree, discussing animal families, taking snapshots, recording family recipes, and more.
Presents a family studies unit developed to encourage students in grades 4-8 to explore different ethnic groups and types of families
Students track their ancestors' voyages to America in this Thanksgiving lesson plan focused on diverse cultural heritages.
Presents a lesson identifying the methods through which historians gather facts and verify their accuracy with a special slant on stories about our family's history.
Student interview parents or guardians about their family stories and write a biographical memoir based on the information gathered.
Students utilize the oral presentation skills they've learned by telling family stories they gathered through interviews with parents or guardians.
Have students practice their listening and speaking skills by asking them to introduce their families and each other, with the main theme being immigration and ancestry.
Students collect, analyze, and chart data based on interviews with classmates regarding their family ancestry.
Children learn about their countries of heritage by developing a travel log and booking mock travel reservations.
Classmates prepare to celebrate their cultural heritage by compiling a family tree, page from history, world map, passport, and travel log, and making a flag for their topic country.
This collaborative project will help children develop fine-motor, creative-- thinking, and language skills as they share photos and stories about their families in this ready-to-use teaching idea for three- and four-year olds. Activity: Literacy.
Chart the way for math learning with this ready-to-use teaching idea for three- and four-year olds.
Explore families with this ready-to-use teaching idea for four- and five-year olds.
Children will work collaboratively to develop a questionnaire to learn about their parents' childhoods in this ready-to-use teaching idea for four- and five-year olds.
Children will develop language, creative thinking, and social awareness by creating banners about their families in this ready-to-use teaching idea for five- and six-year olds.
Children will develop language, literacy, social studies, and math concepts as they learn about the different places their families came from in this ready-to-use teaching idea for five- and six-year olds.
Children will create drawings of family members to use for math activities including counting, seriating, sorting, grouping, and sequencing.
Children will engage in activities that encourage fine-motor development, social/emotional development, language skills, and creative development as they learn and share information about their classmates 'families.
Children will develop language, listening, and social skills, and cultural awareness as they share photographs and stories about their families in this ready-to-use teaching idea for three- and four-year olds.
Children will "branch out" as they explore family members or family friends and roles!
And Tango Makes Three is a great title to use when teaching about families.
Articles on Family Heritage
This collection contains articles and lessons on family heritage exploration and understanding.
Ms. Newingham's 3rd grade class studies and celebrates ancestry, completing research reports and staging an "International Festival."
Use these web resources to find information on genealogy and family history, including a research guide, oral history questions, and an example memoir.