Cookies for My Family
Students will be able to describe characteristics of one’s family and demonstrate 1-1 correspondence.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Start off by asking students what they know about families. Take time to discuss their answers and acknowledge that not all families look the same.
- Talk to your students about similarities and differences in families. Impress upon the students to recognize and accept that all families are valid, authentic, and complete, whatever the make-up may be.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Read a book, such as All Kinds of Families: A Lift the Flap Book, that portrays and celebrates differences in family structures.
- As you are discussing the book as a group, bring out the cookie cereal or mini cookies and tell the students that you are going to share one with each of them.
- Have the group brainstorm ways to determine how many cookies you will need to take out of the box so that each student may have one.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Ask students to think about their own families.
- On the board draw a graph labeled with family member amounts.
- Invite students to write their names or have you write it for them under the appropriate category.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Provide students with construction paper, the poem, family member cutouts, cereal, and glue.
- Have students glue the poem to the top of their paper.
- Instruct students to glue the family member cutouts that represent their family and one cookie for each family member.
- Encourage students to label or decorate their paper in any way they choose.
- Enrichment: Students who may want a challenge can be encouraged to label their family members using invented spelling.
- Support: Students who may require support could be provided with trays, egg cartons, etc. to aid with the concept of 1-1 correspondence. You may also want to use questioning techniques to accurately represent their family members.
Related Books and/or Media
- BOOK: All Kinds of Families: A Lift the Flap Book by Sheri Safran
- BOOK: Families by Ann Morris
- BOOK: The Family Book by Todd Parr
- BOOK: Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman
Assessment (5 minutes)
- You can have students graph family pictures, community worker dolls, or other manipulatives that represent family members on a chart labeled: boy/girl, male/female, adult/child, etc.
Review and Closing (15 minutes)
- Display students' art pieces and review by having the class tell their peers about their families while enjoying the rest of the cereal or cookies.