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Families and Neighborhoods

Teachers: Sara Conway, Barbara Geary, Joy Evans
Project Children L.E.A.D. Director: Dr. Vincenne Revilla Beltran
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade Level: Early Pre-School (Ages 2-3)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutesp_fam_eps1_200

I. Objective

  1. We will appreciate all families.

  2. We will discover that families are different.

  3. Our classroom is our neighborhood too.

II. Pennsylvania Department of Education Indicators

  1. Education Indicators

    1. Curriculum guides teachers to incorporate content, concepts, and activities that foster aesthetic, cognitive, emotional, language, and physical. and/or social development and that integrate multiple disciplines.

2.63 Children are provided varied learning opportunities that foster positive

identity and an emerging sense of self and others.

2.64 A sense of community is developed within the classroom so each child

feels accepted and gains a sense of belonging.

2.75 Children provided varied opportunities and materials to build their

understanding of diversity in culture, family structure, ability, language,

age, and gender in non-stereotypical ways

III. High Scope Key Experiences.

  1. Social Relations

  2. Music and Movement

  3. Language and Literacy

IV. Materials

  1. Letter to parents asking for family, extended family and neighbor's photos for our bulletin board.

  2. Large white paper and markers

  3. Pictures of families

  4. Musical Instruments

  5. CD - Celebration of Country - Song 1 "Playin' in the Same Band"

F. The Family Book by Todd Parr

V. Procedure

  1. Activity One

We will read "The Family Book" by Todd Parr and discuss families.

  1. Activity Two

We will place our family photos on the bulletin board and tell everyone who

is in each picture. The teacher will facilitate questions. The bulletin board is in

housekeeping and we will refer to it often.

  1. Activity Three

We will draw our families on white paper and display them.

  1. Activity Four

We will dance and play our musical instruments to our CD.

VI. Evaluation

This was a very enjoyable lesson for the children. As they put their family and extended family pictures on the bulletin board the children were very excited to tell each other who the people were. A great deal of language was produced and the children got to see how different everyone's family was. Children went back to the board many times during the day to comment on the pictures. The board is in our housekeeping area and the children pass it often.