Exploring Family

Students read Who’s in a Family? by Robert Skutch to learn about families and the many different people that can be in a family, then create a "Family Map" to represent their own family.

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Similar and Different

Students analyze key details in an informational text to learn how to identify similarities and differences. Then, students practice identifying a similarity and difference between two families. Students also work with a partner to learn about the similarities and differences between their own families.

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Comparing and Contrasting

Students practice compare and contrast skills while exploring their own family’s similarities and differences. Students read Families Around the World by Margriet Ruurs, as a class, to learn about unique families in different countries. Then, students work in pairs to compare and contrast their own unique families.

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Families are Unique

Students find common ground and celebrate differences among their families. They read the book Who’s In My Family? by Robie H. Harris to start a conversation about their own families. This lesson supports students in recognizing that there are many ways to be a family and provides more practice with analyzing key details.

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My Family Is Special (Checkpoint Assessment)

Through this Essential Question, students have explored and appreciated different ways to be a family. This final lesson may be used as a checkpoint assessment of cumulative learning throughout this Essential Question. Here, students create a design, inspired by Faith Ringgold’s story quilts, that describes, illustrates, and celebrates their unique family.

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Families Near and Far

Image by Markus Spiske

Essential Question

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How are families similar and different?

Students explore the different ways there are to be a family. They compare and contrast to find common ground and identify what makes their families unique, then create artifacts that celebrate how their families are special.

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