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A lesson on family structures and roles
Families on Display:
An Introduction to the Study of Families.
Length of Lesson:
The learner will be able to recognize that there are different
family structures. They will be able to identify the different
members in a family and the roles of those family members. They
will also be able to understand the different activities in which
families are engaged. They will do this through the creation of
a Family Bar Graph, the production of a Family Collage, and the
student’s thoughts contained in journal writings.
- One large sheet of newsprint.
- List of 17 family vocabulary words (provided).
- Posters of different family types around the world.
- Student Journals.
- 11×14 sheet of colored construction paper.
- Glue, pencils, markers, crayons, etc.
Four family pictures from each child. (Children must bring
these in ahead of time. Make sure that parents know how and what
they will be used for.)
Magazines with pictures of families in them.
Complete on the sheet of newsprint, a bar graph showing the numbers
and make up of each student’s family using the information obtained
- How many people are in your family?
- Who is in your family?
- Number of children?
- Who do you live with?
Go over the family Vocabulary words. Discuss what
each one means and make up definitions of words that are not on
Give each student a piece of construction paper, their family
photos, magazine pictures and writing implements. Say: Today we
are going to make a Family Collage that shows your family and
different types of families that can be found around the world.
Ahead of time, complete an example of the collage using your own
family photos, magazine pictures and drawings. Label your drawings
with the names of the different members of you family.
Discuss the different people in a family. Can these
be different? How? Discuss the different types of families and
the different activities that families participate in. Can these
e different? How. Refer to the posters depicting families. Have
the children write in their journals about the different family
types that you discussed and about their own families. Also have
them write definitions to the vocabulary words in their journals.
Checklist for each of that students collages
to be sure that they use four family photos, at least three magazine
pictures and have at least two of their own drawings that are
Read student journals and respond to the insights
and thoughts of the students.
Have children self-assess themselves by submitting
a self-critique of their collage.
Students can compare the different family types in
their journals. Be sensitive to children who do not wish to share
about their families. This lesson can also be used as a closing
lesson on families as a way to access students’ knowledge of families.
Herr, J. and Libby, Y. (1995).
for the early childhood classroom.
New York, NY: Delmar Publishers
Carey Bohl (1997)
- One-parent family