I'm done working with her, and moving onto middle school, but I wanted to share her blog. It's fantastic and full of some wonderful teaching ideas.
She even wrote a post about ME and my family tree lesson. It was a crazy-fun project to do with the kids and they LOVED being able to learn more about their families, their histories, and get a little creative with it.
It was all part of an introduction to history. In 2nd grade, students don't get into much history with the social studies curriculum. It's mainly just introduced. But because it's such an abstract concept for them, I thought I would make it more relatable by tying it into their own lives and telling the kids that everything and everyone has a history - including each one of them. (A few of them were blown away by that revelation.) SO... we talked a little bit about our family histories (traditions, customs, stories, etc.) and what we knew about them. To tie it all together I had them create a family tree.
I sent home a worksheet asking their parents for help in filling out information about their families. It looked a little something like this:
My Mom's Mom:__________________
My Mom's Dad:__________________
My Dad's Dad:__________________
My Dad's Mom:__________________
Words that describe my family and the things that they value are: (circle at least 7 or come up with your own!)
Loyalty Education Charity Creativity
Love Honesty Celebration Hard Work
Faith Togetherness Humor Fun
Laughter Hope Music Truth
Heritage or Nationality: _____________________
Once this worksheet was filled out, the students set about creating their own family tree. They put their name on the trunk and each branch represented a member of their family. The circles that served as leaves for the trees contained the adjectives that described their families. They turned out super cute -