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Families and Neighborhoods 

Teachers: Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Project Children L.E.A.D. Director: Dr. Vincenne Revilla Beltran
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: Ongoing throughout the day, Day 3 of 3

Learning Goals: The class will differentiate between the different types of people who live in their neighborhood.

Day 3

NAEYC Standards:

Understanding Ourselves, Our Community, and Our World

    1. Children are provided varied learning opportunities that foster positive identity and an emerging sense of self and others.

    1. Children are provided varied opportunities and materials to build their understanding of diversity in culture, family structure, ability, language, age, and gender in non-stereotypical ways.

State Standards:

Demonstrate Imagination, Creativity, and Invention

    1. Approach tasks and experiences with increased flexibility, imagination and inventiveness.

Communicate Ideas, Experiences and Feeling for a Variety of Purposes

2.4 Ask and answer relevant questions and share experiences individually and in groups

2.6 use verbal and nonverbal language to communicate for a variety of purposes.


Objective: The students will be able to identify the different people in their neighborhood and their families.


Materials: Book: The Family Book, by Todd Parr

Pictures from home


Markers/ Multicultural Markers




Adaptations to Differentiate Instruction:

The class will be given other books about people from around the world if they do not want to put puzzles together and play a matching game.


Procedure: "Family Representation"


1. The class will be read, The Family Book and will then discuss the people in our family.

2. The students will then be shown three areas in which they can choose from with materials about Children around the World.

3. The students will either be in Children from around the World matching game, puzzles, or multicultural books.

4. The students in these three areas will then switch as the morning goes on.


Key experiences: Fine Motor Skills, Social Interaction