- Math, Social Studies
- 55 minutes
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September 9, 2015
by AnneMarie Mann
Families and Social Studies go together like cookies and milk in this yummy lesson that incorporates the study of families as well as math concepts.
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.