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  • Books –
    • “What did I Look Like When I was a Baby?” by Jeanne Willis
    • “Whose Mouse are You?” by Robert Kraus
    • “What do you Love?” by Jonathan London
    • “Are you my Mother?” by P.D. Eastman
    • “Love is a Family” by Roma Downey
  • Apple die cut
  • Students bring a family picture from home
  • Pencil, crayons, glue
  • Poem “Cousins are Cozy”


For the Kindergarten Social Studies student to know his/her family history through at least two so that when asked to give an oral report about their family they will be able to stand in front of the class and orally describe their family through at least two generations.

Resource Instructions

Procedures –

Day 1 –

  • Read the story “Are you my Mother?” by P.D. Eastman
  • Work as a group to come up with a definition of ‘Family’ that is acceptable to and will include everyone. For example, a definition might be “a group of people who live together and support each other.”
  • Help students understand that there are many different styles of families.
  • Allow 6 students to talk about the family picture they brought in.
  • Draw a picture of your family members in the squares (worksheet).
  • Questions:

Day 2 –

  • Read the story “What did I Look Like When I was a Baby?” by Jeanne Willis
  • Ask the students to go home and ask a parent or relative to tell them about “What was I like when I was a baby?”
  • Allow 5 students to talk about the family picture they brought in.
  • Color the picture of your house (worksheet).
  • Questions:

Day 3 –

  • Read the story “What do you Love?” by Jonathan London
  • Allow 5 students to talk about the family picture they brought in.
  • Discuss with students what ways can families help each other.
  • Allow students to turn and talk to their neighbor on the carpet about what they learned last yesterday when they asked their parent or relative about what they were like when they were a baby.
  • Ask students what they learned about families this week.
  • Glue together the picture of your house to the picture of your family. (the windows and door will be cut out by me at the end of day two so that when the student glue these together you will be able to open  and close the doors to see the family in them)
  • Questions:

Day 4 –

  • Read the story “Love is a Family” by Roma Downey
  • Allow 5 students to talk about the family picture they brought in.
  • Read the poem “Cousins are Cozy”
  • Discuss with students various types of family members: Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, etc.
  • Give the students the poem “Cousins are Cozy” and ask them to paste it in their poem book.
  • Have the students play “The Farmer and the Dell”
  • Questions:

Assessment –

  • The students will bring in a picture of their family and stand in front of the class and give an oral report telling the class about their family.

Enrichment –

  • The students will take an apple die cut home and glue a picture (or pictures) of their family on it.
  • Fill the student book baskets on students’ tables with books about families.

Accommodations –

  • I will walk around the classroom and assist students having difficulty with any of the hands on projects.
  • I will allow extra wait time for those who need extra time to think about answers to questions in our discussion.
  • For students who are unable to obtain a family portrait by the end of the week I will allow them to draw their family on their apple and tell about their family during the oral report.
  • The students in this class have trouble cutting even lines with scissors at this point, so I will cut the windows and door out for them on the family house project.

Attachments –

  • Copy of poem: “M-O-M spells Mom” by Nellie Edge


M-o-m spells Mom.


D-a-d spells Dad.


Y-o-u spells you.


And M-e spells me. 








Family Members











  • What is a family?
  • What does your family do together?
  • What family pets do you have?
  • Who cares for them?
  • How do you help your family?
  • What are your jobs at home?
  • Allow children to share information about their individual families and make connections so they see that all families have basic needs.
  • Emphasize that a family is made up of people who love and take care of you.
  • Brainstorm with children a list of topics about families (number of people in family, family pets, favorite meals of family, things the family does together, family celebrations, languages spoke at home, type of work parents do, chores children do etc.
  • Where their family came from.
  • What country were their grandparents from (if not from U.S.)?
  • Where were they born?
  • Where were mom and dad born?
  • All families are unique and special.
  • The diversity of families is what makes them so much fun to learn about.
  • Which stories remind them of things that they do with their own families?
  • In my home we have ____________.
  • In my home we love to ___________.
  • In my home we have ___________ animals.
  • In my home we eat ____________.
  • In my home we speak _____________.
  • In my home we celebrate ____________.
  • Ask parents to tell their children where they lived, including the name of the country, city or town, the type of building that they lived in, and any other information that would describe their childhood environment.
  • What does the word family mean to the children in your group?
  • Tell children about your own family.
  • Bring some of your photographs in to share with children.
  • Invite children to talk about their family members.
  • Discuss how families differ or change, but also how some things stay the same.
  • Family members all take care of each other. Talk about how some family members live in the same house as you, while others live in different houses.
  • ·         Talk with children about family needs such as shelter, food, and clothing. : 
  •  Always accept children's pictures without asking for work that may be developmentally beyond them.
  • Activities should be modified for children who do not have particular family members-for example, substituting "person who takes care of me" for a parent.
  •  To help show that families come in all shapes and sizes,
  • Ask children to think of all of the words that they use to describe family members (brother, aunt, mother, or grandfather
  • How many different words did they list for the different family members?
  • “How many people are in your family?”
  • Ask questions that will help them make connections between the story and their own lives.
  • "Who are our relatives?"
  • Remind children that moms, dads, brothers, and sisters are our relatives because they are our family.
  • Think of the names of other family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.


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