September 9, 2015
by AnneMarie Mann

Lesson plan

Cookies for My Family

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Students will be able to describe characteristics of one’s family and demonstrate 1-1 correspondence.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

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