How Families Change

Changes in the family such as a new baby, divorce, a new job, or death are the focus of a lesson that examines how every family is different. Scholars draw a picture of their family then share the changes that have occurred within it. Learners reflect on what they hear and discuss the changes shared by their peers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite pupils to bring in one photo of their family
  • Display family drawings for Open House, Back-to-School Night, place in folders during Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Conduct the lesson at the start of the school year as part of a getting to know one another
Classroom Considerations
  • Keep an eye out for class members that express negative emotions when talking or hearing about family, recommend counseling services as needed 
  • The lesson can be performed by a teacher or counselor
  • Requires drawing materials 
Pros
  • Includes three effective ideas designed to extend the learning experience
  • Boosts social and emotional learning competencies, self and social awareness
Cons
  • None
Common Core