What kinds of homes do we live in? In this lesson, students will explore and describe different types of homes. By the end of this lesson, students will have created a visual of their own homes and write about them!
Students will be able to name and describe various types of homes in the community. Students will be able to compare and contrast different types of homes. Students will be able to illustrate their own homes. Students will be able to write sentences that describes their own homes.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Distribute "home words" to six students in the classroom.
- Tell the students that they will be guessing the names of several types of homes.
- Display Homes for Humans, beginning with the first home.
- Ask the students to guess the word that describes the home.
- Ask the students if anyone thinks that they have that word.
- Either write the corresponding words on the interactive whiteboard, or tape the word to the paper copy.
- Tell the students that they will be learning more about the homes that people live in.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- On a piece of chart paper, begin by listing house as the first home.
- Conduct a think-aloud, showing students how you can find the different characteristics of a house. Underline the word house.
- List key words that could be used to describe a house on the chart paper under the word house.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Continue to lead the students in telling about the remainder of the homes and describing the homes.
- Add on to the piece of chart paper, including the type of home and words that could be used to describe it underneath its name.
- Next, lead the students in comparing and contrasting the homes. Potential questions include: How are they similar? How are they different? Encourage students to make objective statements about the structure of the home. For example: An RV rolls with wheels, but a house boat floats on the water.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Distribute the My Home worksheet and one sentence strip to each student.
- Tell the students to draw pictures of their homes.
- After they have drawn their homes, tell them to use the word banks on the chart paper to write a sentence about their homes on a sentence strip.
- Enrichment: Challenge students to create a virtual home with parts of the home that could benefit the homeowner. Ask students to create an invention for this home.
- Support: Provide individual word banks for students who struggle with selecting words from the class word bank. Provide sentence starters or sentence frames for students who struggle with generating a sentence. For students who need support drawing, provide basic shape templates that the students can use to trace.
- Instruct your students to create their home electronically instead of on paper.
- Scan students' work and compile to create a map of their community.
Related Books and/or Media
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
- In a People House by Dr. Seuss
- Home by Jeannie Baker
- Homes Around the World by Max Moore
Assessment (5 minutes)
- As your students are working, ask them about the pictures they drew and the sentences they wrote.
- Record observations and anecdotal notes on an assessment chart.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- In closing, invite all students back to the word bank and refer back to the home pictures presented in the beginning of the lesson.
- Ask students to use words from the chart to tell about the different characteristics of homes.
- If desired, have the students take a gallery walk and look at the artwork that their classmates completed.