Second Grade Family Origin Unit
This is a unit for second grade students. In this unit, second graders will discuss and learn about the meaning of family origin/culture. The children will also learn about the 7 continents. The children will discuss the interview process and then have the opportunity to complete a family interview. After the interviews are completed, the children will share their interviews with the class. The children will then need to research one city or important site in their country of origin that they would like to bring our class mascot, Penny the Penguin to. They will need to find and copy a picture of the place they have chosen (either from books or an online source.) The children will then use the copied photo to draw a picture of the city/place they chose, placing themselves in the drawing. Scanning the children’s drawings and including their answers from Objective 5, a PowerPoint presentation will be completed. An animated graphic of a penguin, to represent Penny will be inserted into each of the slides. For those children who may have a difficult time finding a photo of their family origin, they will be allowed to take Penny to their favorite place that they have visited. They will still have to locate a photo, copy it and then draw it.
Parts of the Unit – Objectives included
Objective 1: Language Arts/Social Studies Activities
The class will discuss what family origin means. The discussion of culture will be included in this part. Materials that can be used to explain culture are:
1. Books on other cultures; can be literature to informational concept books
2. Pictures or posters of other cultures of the world
In order to help the children to better understand the meaning of family origin, I will share information about my own family origin (cultural background.) I will show the children the country of my family origin on the class world map as well as the globe. I will also bring in items that show my culture: clothes, food, music, pictures, games etc. The children will then be instructed that they will be getting the chance to teach the other children about their own culture.
Objective 2: Language Arts/Social Studies Activities
I will explain to the class what an interview is. The class will discuss how to interview another person to obtain needed information. The children will then practice the interview process by interviewing one another (in paired groups.) For homework, the children will interview a family member about their own family story, finding out specific countries of origin, narratives, and symbols that represent their history. They will fill out the interview sheet as they complete the interview.
Objective 3: Language Arts/Social Studies Activities
During scheduled share time, let each child will speak in front of the class about themselves telling their family story. They will be sharing the information from their family interview sheet. I will make sure that each child says positive statements about himself/herself. Through modeling, I will demonstrate to the children how I think their cultural is interesting and fascinating. I will allow time for the children to ask questions about one another.
Objective 4: Social Studies Activities
Using the class world map, the children will locate their countries of origin. I will assist in this project. If the children have more than one country of origin, have them choice one to do research on. The children need to find a picture of the flag of their country. They also need to find a picture of one city or important site in their country of origin (either from books or an online source.) The children will need to copy or print the picture of the place they have chosen to use later on. Class time will be given for the research and copying. This will be completed over a period of 3 days. More time may be given if needed. If the children wish to, they may use a family photo from their country of origin to draw from. For those children who may have a difficult time finding a photo of their family origin, they will be allowed to take Penny to their favorite place that they have visited. They will still have to locate a photo, copy it and then draw it.
Objective 5: Art/Language Arts Activities
Using the copied photo, the children will draw their own picture of the photo. They will place themselves in their drawing. When their drawing is complete, each child will write where they wish to bring the class mascot, Penny the Penguin to and why. Once the children have completed their drawings, I will scan the drawings into the computer to be placed into a PowerPoint presentation and then have the children type their answers for this objective onto their slide. The three questions they will have to answer are:
1. Where are you and Penny going?
2. Why are you going there?
3. What will you and Penny see?
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