Here Are Our Homes
In the first grade lesson plan, Here Are Our Homes, social studies, reading, and writing come together to help learners think critically about various forms of houses and homes. As they examine everything from trailers and apartments to farms and houseboats, children are encouraged to use descriptive words, phrases, and drawings to compare and contrast the different kinds of homes. Then young learners will get a chance to draw a picture of their own home, detailing their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the place they call “home.”
Students will be able to name, describe, and write about various types of homes in the community.
- 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(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.
- Ask students to turn and talk to their partner to describe their home and their thoughts and feelings about their home.
- Lead a discussion with students. Have them compare and contrast different 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."
- Explain and model how to draw a home. Tell students that drawings can help clarify what a house looks like and help share information about how someone feels about a home.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ask students to share their home drawing with partners. Have them discuss the details in the drawing and how the drawing clarifies their thoughts, feelings, or ideas about their home.
- Listen to partnership presentations about the pictures they drew and the sentences they wrote. Record observations and anecdotal notes on an assessment chart.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Have students read their sentence to their elbow parter. Then ask for volunteers to share whether their sentence lists all the details they have in their drawing.
- Discuss with students that sometimes drawings can help clarify or show more details than what they describe with words. Remind them that drawings can be a useful visual to help share thoughts and ideas.
- Ask the students to show the class the picture they have drawn and tell how their drawing describes their home. They should speak about how the drawing helps show their thoughts, feelings, and ideas about their home.
- If desired, have the students take a gallery walk and look at the artwork that their classmates completed.