Lesson plan. The theme: My family
Lesson 12: Meet My Family
Anna is feeling homesick. Marsha helps her by listening to her talk about her family.
In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to ask a friend to talk about a problem. You can also download the Activity Sheet and practice talking about your family.
In this video, you learn about how Americans pronounce the word “aunt” in different parts of the country.
Anna: Hello! Washington, D.C. has many beautiful parks. In fact, this park reminds me of my home very far away.
Marsha: Anna, here's your coffee.
Anna: Thanks, Marsha.
Marsha: What's wrong?
Anna: I'm thinking about my family. I'm feelinghomesick.
Marsha: Do you want to talk about it?
Anna: Sure! I have some photos.
Marsha: Yes. Yes, you do!
Anna: Photos really help.
Anna: This is my mother and this is my father. They are rodeo clowns.
Marsha: What do rodeo clowns do?Anna: They make jokes at a rodeo. They make people laugh.
Marsha: That-That';s very different.
Marsha: Who is that woman in the picture?
Anna: That is my Aunt Lavender. She is my mom's sister. She loves gardening and makes spoons.
Marsha: She makes spoons?
Anna: Of course.
Marsha: That, too, is very different.
Anna: Oh! This is my Uncle John. He is my father's brother.
Marsha: What does Uncle John do?
Anna: He's a chicken farmer. And makes guitars. He's awesome, and I'm his favorite niece.
Marsha: Who are they?
Anna: They are my cousins. They are my Uncle John's daughter and son.
Marsha: What do they do?
Anna: They raise sheep and make sweaters.
Marsha: Yeah, that's not a surprise.
Marsha: Thanks for showing me your family photos. Your family is very different.
Anna: I do feel better. Thanks for listening. I have many more photos!
Marsha: Yeah. Yeah, you do.
Anna: Washington, DC is my new home. But I remembering my old home, too.
Anna's Family Tree
This is a family tree. Anna tells Marsha about her parents.
Her mother and father are rodeo clowns.
Her father's parents are from Italy. These grandparents speak Italian.
Anna's mother's parents live in California. These grandparents have a farm and raise horses.
Anna's mother's sister is Aunt Lavender. She loves gardening.
Anna's father has a brother. His name is John. Uncle John makes guitars.
Uncle John has a daughter and a son. They are Anna's cousins. They raise sheep.
Anna's brother has two children. They are Anna's niece and nephew.
Are you from a big family or a small family? Write to us to tell us about two people in your family. What do they do? What do they make? Send us an email or write about them in the Comments section. Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet and practice with a friend.
Lesson 12 Activity Sheet
Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.
The learning strategy for this lesson is Find Patterns. Learning is easier when you can find and apply patterns. Here is an example.Carlos is learning the names of family members in English. He sees a pattern. Some words change when you talk about the next generation. “Father” changes to “grandfather.” When someone is related by marriage, the word “in-law” is used. “Sister” changes to “sister-in-law.” Carlos thinks he can use this pattern to help remember the new words in English.
How do you find and use patterns in studying English? Write to us in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.
See how well you learned the lesson by taking this listening quiz. Play the short video and choose the best answer.
clown – n. someone who often does funny things to make people laugh
different – adj. not ordinary or common; unusual
feel – v. used to describe or ask about someone's physical or mental state
garden – v. to work in a garden; to take care of the plants in a garden
guitar – n. a musical instrument that is held against the front of your body and that has usually six strings which are played with your fingers or with a pick
homesick – adj. sad because you are away from your family and home
joke – n. something said or done to cause laughter
laugh – v. to show that you are happy or that you think something is funny by smiling and making a sound from your throat
make – v. to build, create, or produce (something) by work or effort
park – n. piece of public land in or near a city that is kept free of houses and other buildings and can be used for pleasure and exercise
photo (photograph) – n. a picture made by a camera
raise – v. to keep and take care of (animals or crops)
remind – v. to cause (someone) to remember something
rodeo – n. an event in which people compete at riding horses and bulls, catching animals with ropes, etc.
sheep – n. an animal with a thick woolly coat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin
spoon – n. an eating or cooking tool that has a small shallow bowl attached to a handle
sweater – n. a warm usually knitted piece of clothing for the upper part of your body
aunt – n. the sister of your father or mother or the wife of your uncle
brother – n. a boy or man who has one or both of the same parents as you
cousin – n. a child of your uncle or aunt
daughter – n. a female child
family – n. a group of people who are related to each other
father – n. a male parent
mother – n. a female parent
nephew – n. the son of your brother or sister
niece – n. a daughter of your brother or sister
sister – n. a girl or woman who has one or both of the same parents as you
son – n. a male child
uncle – n. the brother of your father or mother or the husband of your aunt
Download the VOA Learning English Word Book for a dictionary of the words we use on this website.
Each Let's Learn English lesson has an Activity Sheet for extra practice on your own or in the classroom. In this lesson, you can use it to practice talking about family members.
Lesson Plan – Lesson 12 – Meet My Family
See the Lesson Plan for this lesson for ideas and more teaching resources. Send us an email if you have comments on this course or questions.
Grammar focus: Auxiliary do and the verb make
Topics: Family members; family relationships
Learning Strategy: Find and Apply Patterns
Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Ask about a problem; varied ways to pronounce “aunt”
Now it's your turn. Send us an email or write to us in the Comments section below or on our page to let us know what you think of this lesson.
Family Lesson Plan for ESL Kids Teachers
This is a great lesson to teach little ones as they completely understand the concept of family. It includes finger puppet activities.
IMPORTANT: if possible, ask the parents before class to arrange for their kids to bring in family photos – parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, themselves. Also, bring in a few family photos of your own.
New Learning and Practice:
1. Do “Teacher's Family Photos Time” activity
If you can bring in photos of your family, this is a great activity to do. Also try to encourage your students to bring in photos of their family – you'll need to arrange this with the parents before the lesson. If you can't bring in photos, see the alternative below.
Draw 7 squares on the top of your board in a row (see image below). Hold up a photo of yourself and ask “Who is this?”. Elicit that it is you, stick the photo inside the middle square and write your name under the photo.
Next take out another photo (e.g. your father) and again ask “Who is this?”. Elicit and teach the family vocab and stick the photo in one of the squares and write the word (e.g. “father”) under the photo.
Do for all of the following: father, mother, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother – you may not have some of these family members, but for the sake of this lesson, use photos of friends, etc.
, and pretend they are your brother, grandmother, etc.
Your students will really enjoy seeing your family photos and will probably ask questions – feel free to extend the information you give on your family members, especially if it reviews previous lessons, such as ages and jobs. Also, you can practice/review describing vocab (e.g. blond hair, big eyes, etc.).
Alternative: If you can't bring in family photos: instead of using your family photos, cut out pictures of people from magazines and pretend they are your family members. Younger kids will generally believe you (and may even be quite impressed!).
2. Do “Students' Family Photos Time” activity
If your students have brought in photos of themselves and their families, this is a great activity to do. If not, go to step 3.
On the board, under the row of 7 photos of your family you are going to place photos from each of the students' families. First, hold up the photos of the students in your class and elicit who they are – each time, stick their photo in the middle column and write their names underneath.
Next, you are going to play a guessing game – hold up a photo of one of your student's family members (e.g. Hugo's sister) and get everyone to guess whose family the person belongs to.
Elicit family vocab (e.g. “It's Hugo's sister”) and place the photo on the board in the correct place (e.g.
, for Hugo's sister, it would go in the row of Hugo's photo and in the sister column).Keep holding up randomly selected photos of your students' family members and placing on the board until your board is full of family photos.
3. Make “My Family Tree” Posters
Give out a piece of colored construction paper / card to each student. They are each going to make a family tree poster of their family.
Begin by demonstrating the activity – with a green and brown crayon draw a large tree, filling up the whole piece of paper. At the top write in large letters “My family”.
Then, either stick your photos family photos onto the tree or draw pictures of your family (grandparents at the top, next your parents and you and your siblings at the bottom). Finally, under each family member photo/picture write the vocab (grandfather, mother, etc.).
Now get your students to do the same. If they brought in photos they can use them on their poster – if not, encourage them to draw pictures of their family members. Students can copy the words from your poster (display it clearly).
Finally, have each student pin their poster to the walls of the classroom. Ask each student questions (e.g. Is that you mother? What is your brother's name? How old is your sister?).
NOTE: Depending on the level of your students you can have them write more information about their family members on the poster (e.g. names, ages, jobs, etc.). Students can even draw pictures of their pets.
4. Make and play with Finger Puppets
For the song we are going to use finger puppets (use the “Finger Family Craft” sheet). Before class, print and cut out the finger puppets.
We have color and black & white versions of the craft sheet – if using the black & white version, have your students color in the puppets before starting the song.
Then attach the puppets to each students' fingers by taping the straps around the finger – 3 puppets on each hand.
Next, check everyone understands which puppet is which – say “Everybody wiggle grandfather” – make sure you are wearing your finger puppets as well so you can demonstrate. Go through each puppet, wiggling fingers. Then play a quick game: say “Wiggle the sister” and everyone has to quickly wiggle the right one. Do for a few rounds until everyone has got the hang of it.
5. Sing “The Family Song”
Play the song and sing along – wiggling the correct puppet for each verse (e.g. verse 1 is “father”). If everyone enjoyed the song, play it once more.
Lyrics for “The Family Song”
Verse 1: Hello father, Hello father, How are you? How are you? I'm fine thank you, I'm fine thank you,
See you soon, See you soon.
Verse 2: Hello mother, Hello mother, How are you? How are you? I'm fine thank you, I'm fine thank you,
See you soon, See you soon.
Verse 3: Hello brother, Hello brother, How are you? How are you? I'm fine thank you, I'm fine thank you,
See you soon, See you soon.
Verse 4: Hello sister, Hello sister, How are you? How are you? I'm fine thank you, I'm fine thank you, See you soon, See you soon.
Verse 5: Hello grandfather, Hello grandfather, How are you? How are you? I'm fine thank you, I'm fine thank you,
See you soon, See you soon.
Verse 6: Hello grandmother, Hello grandmother, How are you? How are you? I'm fine thank you, I'm fine thank you,
See you soon, See you soon.
Verse 7: Hello family, Hello family, How are you? How are you? I'm fine thank you, I'm fine thank you,
See you soon, See you soon.
(download MP3 here)
Gestures for “The Family Song”
For this song students use finger puppets – cut out the puppets from the “Finger Family Craft” sheet:
- before the song, help everyone to put on the puppets – there are 6 puppets altogether, 3 on each hand.
- as the song plays, students wiggle the puppet for that particular verse (e.g. in Verse 1 it is “father”) and sing along.
- for the last verse (family) students wiggle all of their finger puppets
We also have a video that you can stream in class to sing along with (Internet connection required):
6. Play “Finger Puppet Conversations”
By now, everyone should have the idea of the structures from the song, so we are going to have some fun role-plays with the finger puppets. First model with one student. Hold up one finger puppet (e.g. mother) and get the other student to hold up one finger (e.g. grandfather). Role-play a fun conversation, for example:
T: Hello grandfather. S: Hello mother. T: How are you? S: I'm fine, thank you. How are you? T: I'm fine, thank you. See you soon.
S: See you soon.
Then you can change finger puppets and do the conversation again. Depending on level, you can also throw in a few more questions, such as, “What's your name?”, “How old are you?”, “Where do you live?”, etc.Now the class can role-play. Put everyone into pairs and set a timer to one minute. Shout “Start!” and the pairs should role-play with different puppets until the timer goes off. Then shout “Change partners!” and everyone finds a new partner for another one-minute conversation. Keep going for a few rounds.
7. Read classroom reader “The Monster Family”
We'll end the lesson with a fun story. Before class, download and print off the reader “The Monster Family”.
You may have already used this reader in the Body Parts lesson – if so, this will be a good review (kids loves returning to favorite stories).
As you go through each page, point to the pictures, elicit each key body word, and have your students guess which family member each monster is, for example:
Teacher: Which family member is this? (pointing at the monster on ) Students: Sister? Teacher: Yes, right! It's Little Monster's sister.
And what are these? Students: Shoulders! Teacher: Yes, big shoulders! Everyone, touch your shoulders (touching shoulders).
Students: (Touching shoulders) Shoulders! Teacher: What color is her shoulders? Students: Pink! Teacher: Right! (Reading) This is my sister. She has big shoulders.
Get the students really involved in the story by asking lots of questions (e.g. eliciting colors) and getting them to touch and say the parts of the body in the story.
Alternatively, watch our video version of the reader (Internet connection required):
1. Assign Homework: “My Family” worksheet.
2. Wrap up the lesson with some ideas from our “Warm Up & Wrap Up” page.
Preschool Family Theme Activities
What happens at home is EVERYTHING to a preschooler. Preschool family activities can and should be talked about in preschool and this family preschool theme activities page will help!
This gives your students the opportunity to talk about the people most important to them and also helps them realize that family, the people we live with, is something we all have in common, regardless of how our families look!
Some families have siblings, some have none. Some have parents, some have none. This theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom.
Other Themes That May Compliment this Theme for your Classroom!
There are many other themes that may be great for your classroom and go along very well with this theme!
Below you will find links for a few of them such as All About Me and a Pets Theme!
Let the Preschool Family Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Preschool Family Theme Art Activities
Materials Needed: paper plates (many!), markers, precut yarn in different colors, buttons or googly-eyes, glue, craft sticks
The children use the materials to make the faces of members of their families. Ask questions to help them such as “What color eyes does your Mom have? What color hair? Does your dad have a beard?”
Materials Needed: people shaped sponges, paint in shallow trays, construction paperThe children use the sponges to create their own family. Be sure to write the names of the people they list!
VARIATION: Use playdough cookie cutters (people shapes) to dip in the paint.
DON'T FORGET TO ADD SOME PET SHAPES, THEY ARE PART OF OUR FAMILIES, TOO!
Traditional but fun! In advance, have a huge selection of pictures cut from magazines of people, families doing things together etc. The children choose what they want to make a collage of family fun.
SUGGESTION: Ask parents in advance to cut pictures out for you either from magazines you have or ones they have at home.
Preschool Family Theme Block Center Ideas
Add a dollhouse, cars and little people to you block area.
Preschool Family Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Begin your theme with this activity!
In advance, cut out many, many little people shapes.
Prepare a large chart that has the children's names in the left hand column.
Ask each child who is in their family. The child tapes a person shape next to their name for each person (Mom, me, Grandma). Print the names on their little people before they tape it.
This can be used throughout the unit to compare families at Circle Time for some awesome math activities:
How many of us have brothers and sisters?
How many brothers and sisters in all?
Our Families Idea #2
Use a puppet to talk to the children about their families! Have your puppet talk about their family and, one by one, the puppet asks each child who lives in their house!
Bring a large piece of chart paper and a marker to Circle. Ask the children what types of jobs their families need to do at home and what jobs they can help with.
Sing the song (sung to Mulberry Bush):
This is a job we do at home at home, do at home, do at home.
This is a job we do at home, my family and me!
You may need to start by suggesting a job–perhaps doing dishes, folding clothes, washing the dog, etc.
List the jobs the children name.
EXTENSION: As each child names a job and you are writing it on the chart, sing the above song while the child acts out the job!
Bring a large piece of chart paper and a marker to Circle. Ask the children what types of things their families do together and list them on the chart.
Again, you may need to start by suggesting: We make tacos every Friday night; we have a game night; we visit Grandma at the nursing home, etc.
Who Am I?
Ask questions that describe something a family member does at home. Let the children answer, and remember, there is no right or wrong answer here! Dads might be the ones to cook at home or Moms do the driving!
I am thinking of a family member who cooks dinner; does dishes; feeds the dog, etc.
Fingerplays, Songs and/or flannel board stories! Adapt them in any way!
My Family (sung to Muffin Man)
Tell me what you to do, to do, to do.
Tell me what you to do with your family.
Add what each child tells you:
Cheryl s to walk the dog, walk the dog, walk the dog.
Cheryl s to walk the dog, with her family!
Here are the windows (make a square)
Here is the door (make a triangle)
Come on in, I'll show you more (wave as though inviting them to come)
Here is the kitchen and the living room, too (point to pretend rooms)
A bathroom, a bedroom and a room for you!
An attic and chimney and a roof above.
My house is a home and it's filled with love!
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Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Preschool Family Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Preschool Family Picnic!
At snack time, put out some blankets and have a preschool family picnic style snack or lunch!
If you have cooking ideas to add to the preschool family activities theme section, please use the “Contact Me” link to the left and I'll add it to this page! Please be sure to tell me the name of the theme! Thanks!
Preschool Family Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
One year, we had 3 children move during the school year. It can be a stressful event! Provide an opportunity for the children to pack and move by setting up dramatic play with lots of toys, clothes, boxes and bins.
They pack and help move (perhaps using a wagon!). Be sure to interact with them and talk about what they think their new house will be , what their favorite things are that they don't want to forget to pack and perhaps what they might be nervous about (leaving friends, a new school, etc.)
Preschool Family Theme Ideas for your Easel–
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
In advance, have a large supply of pre-cut people shapes for the easel (babies, adults, children, pets). The children choose the family members they want to paint.
Preschool Family Theme Large Group Games To Help Build Their Muscles While They Have Fun Together!
Where Shall We Go?
Place many chairs together as a car and let the children take turns being the person driving the family some fun Preschool family activities such as to……
the park, school, work, supermarket, etc.
Provide the driver with a makeshift steering wheel and the others with activities they might do in a car.
Preschool Family Theme Ideas for Your Library & Literacy Area
My Family Flannel House
Hang a LARGE piece of flannel on the wall that is separated into rooms. Provide flannel pieces in shapes of people and household items for the children to place on the board.
This would work well in your manipulatives center as well on a smaller scale!
Book Suggestions for the Library
Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) by P. D. Eastman
The Berenstain Bears' New Baby by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Blueberries for Sal (Viking Kestrel picture books) by Robert McCloskey (see the cooking activity above for an extension activity on this story)
Clifford's Family (Clifford 8×8) by Norman Bridwell
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (A Five Little Monkeys Story)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Picture Puffin Books) (pick your favorite version!)
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Just Me and My Mom (A Little Critter Book) by Mercer Mayer
My Mom and Dad Make Me Laugh by Nick Sharratt
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (Picture Puffins) by Tomie De Paula
Who Is That?
In advance, cut out pairs of people (adult woman, man, child, baby, grandparent, pets).
Laminate both sets.
Tape one set in a manila folder.
The children match the people shapes.
In advance, cut out and laminate a large number of people, families and others that go with this preschool family activities theme from magazines.
Simply place them at the table for the children to sort in different ways.
Of course! Have many family puzzles available during this theme!
Preschool Family Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Farmer in the Dell Thanks, Kaleena, for this idea!
Have the children take turns acting out the farmer in the dell. The children love singing and choosing each character over and over again.
Preschool Family Theme Ideas for Your Sand and Water Table!
Shaving with Whipped Cream
Okay……again, as in the Blocks area activity, I am asking you to be brave and go a little crazy here!
At a table, provide free standing hand mirrors, whipped cream, a clean brush and tongue depressors.
Let the children shave……and eat! Of course, be sure to talk about the fact that this is PRETEND and that they should never, ever do this at home!
Provide dishes, water, soap and towels to do dishes (and of course a mop and bucket!)
Preschool Family Theme Science Activities–
for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
If I Could Paint My House….
What color would they choose if they could paint their house?? Find out in the preschool family activities theme science idea!
Materials needed: Provide paint cups with different colors of water in each.
Provide each child with their own clear paint cup and a pipette.
Teach them how to use the pipettes.
Let them create their own colors.
I'd suggest having a few pitchers of water a large bin. They will want to empty their colors and start over many times!
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Family Theme!
My Family Book
Each day, encourage the children to talk about one family member and draw a picture of that member. Have a conversation starter printed on the page each day. The child draws about that person and you print on their page what they say:
I love my Mom because…
My sister/brother and I to …….
At the end of the unit, you will have a great family book to send home.
VARIATION: Use this idea for a Thanksgiving or Christmas theme activity or end of the year activity.
My Family Fun Page
Encourage children to draw a picture of some fun preschool family activities they enjoy doing with their families. Print their stories on the page.
EXTENSION: Make this into a class book and read it at circle time.
EXTENSION: If you have the ability, make color copies so that each child can take a copy of the book home. Use their original paper as their book cover.
Another Family Fun Page Idea
In advance, cut family member pictures magazines, old books, etc.
Glue one family member on large, plain construction paper. (Make MANY!!)
Provide markers or crayons.
Encourage the children to draw a family picture and write down the story they tell you about their picture.
These also make GREAT classroom books to read at Circle Time!
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Preschool Family Theme!
Preschool Family Activities Banners
Send a note home to families asking them to make a family banner or collage of the people in their families. Ask them to label the pictures by printing the name of each person under the pictures (the banners will go home after your theme is over).
As children bring them in, let them tell their friends about their family at Circle Time and then hang the pictures in the classroom to see during the theme!
A Preschool Family Activities Theme is a great opportunity to involve families in the classroom!
Pet VisitInvite a family to bring a pet in to visit your children. Be aware of allergies and possible state regulations (i.e. some states do not allow birds in classrooms)
We had a family this year bring in their Bearded Dragon on Show and Tell Day!
Invite a parent to bring their baby in and talk about the jobs involved in being a parent.
Invite a grandparent to visit and talk about things they to do with their grandchildren.
Go to the ALL ABOUT ME Theme Page
Go to the MAIN THEMES Page
Go To Preschool Plan It's HOME Page
My Family and Other Animals Lesson Plans for Teachers
The My Family and Other Animals lesson plan contains a variety of teaching materials that cater to all learning styles.
Inside you'll find 30 Daily Lessons, 20 Fun Activities, 180 Multiple Choice Questions, 60 Short Essay Questions, 20 Essay Questions, Quizzes/Homework Assignments, Tests, and more.
The lessons and activities will help students gain an intimate understanding of the text, while the tests and quizzes will help you evaluate how well the students have grasped the material. View a free sample
Target Grade: 7th-12th (Middle School and High School)
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Lesson Plan Calendars
The Lesson Plan Calendars provide daily suggestions about what to teach. They include detailed descriptions of when to assign reading, homework, in-class work, fun activities, quizzes, tests and more.
Use the entire My Family and Other Animals calendar, or supplement it with your own curriculum ideas. Calendars cover one, two, four, and eight week units.
Determine how long your My Family and Other Animals unit will be, then use one of the calendars provided to plan out your entire lesson.
Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter of My Family and Other Animals. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of important characters.
The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a “key” for a class discussion.
They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of My Family and Other Animals for either a student or teacher.
Character and Object Descriptions
Character and Object Descriptions provide descriptions of the significant characters as well as objects and places in My Family and Other Animals.
These can be printed out and used as an individual study guide for students, a “key” for leading a class discussion, a summary review prior to exams, or a refresher for an educator.
The character and object descriptions are also used in some of the quizzes and tests in this lesson plan. The longest descriptions run about 200 words. They become shorter as the importance of the character or object declines.
This section of the lesson plan contains 30 Daily Lessons. Daily Lessons each have a specific objective and offer at least three (often more) ways to teach that objective.
Lessons include classroom discussions, group and partner activities, in-class handouts, individual writing assignments, at least one homework assignment, class participation exercises and other ways to teach students about My Family and Other Animals in a classroom setting.
You can combine daily lessons or use the ideas within them to create your own unique curriculum. They vary greatly from day to day and offer an array of creative ideas that provide many options for an educator.
Fun Classroom Activities
Fun Classroom Activities differ from Daily Lessons because they make “fun” a priority. The 20 enjoyable, interactive classroom activities that are included will help students understand My Family and Other Animals in fun and entertaining ways.
Fun Classroom Activities include group projects, games, critical thinking activities, brainstorming sessions, writing poems, drawing or sketching, and countless other creative exercises.
Many of the activities encourage students to interact with each other, be creative and think “outside of the box,” and ultimately grasp key concepts from the text by “doing” rather than simply studying.
Fun activities are a great way to keep students interested and engaged while still providing a deeper understanding of My Family and Other Animals and its themes.
Essay Questions/Writing Assignments
These 20 Essay Questions/Writing Assignments can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment on My Family and Other Animals.
Students should have a full understanding of the unit material in order to answer these questions. They often include multiple parts of the work and ask for a thorough analysis of the overall text. They nearly always require a substantial response.Essay responses are typically expected to be one (or more) page(s) and consist of multiple paragraphs, although it is possible to write answers more briefly.
These essays are designed to challenge a student's understanding of the broad points in a work, interactions among the characters, and main points and themes of the text. But, they also cover many of the other issues specific to the work and to the world today.
Short Essay Questions
The 60 Short Essay Questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer.
They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of My Family and Other Animals by describing what they've read, rather than just recalling it.
The short essay questions evaluate not only whether students have read the material, but also how well they understand and can apply it. They require more thought than multiple choice questions, but are shorter than the essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
The 180 Multiple Choice Questions in this lesson plan will test a student's recall and understanding of My Family and Other Animals. Use these questions for quizzes, homework assignments or tests.
The questions are broken out into sections, so they focus on specific chapters within My Family and Other Animals. This allows you to test and review the book as you proceed through the unit.
Typically, there are 5-15 questions per chapter, act or section.
Use the Oral Reading Evaluation Form when students are reading aloud in class. Pass the forms out before you assign reading, so students will know what to expect. You can use the forms to provide general feedback on audibility, pronunciation, articulation, expression and rate of speech. You can use this form to grade students, or simply comment on their progress.
Use the Writing Evaluation Form when you're grading student essays.
This will help you establish uniform criteria for grading essays even though students may be writing about different aspects of the material.
By following this form you will be able to evaluate the thesis, organization, supporting arguments, paragraph transitions, grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. of each student's essay.
The Quizzes/Homework Assignments are worksheets that can be used in a variety of ways. They pull questions from the multiple choice and short essay sections, the character and object descriptions, and the chapter abstracts to create worksheets that can be used for pop quizzes, in-class assignments and homework.
Periodic homework assignments and quizzes are a great way to encourage students to stay on top of their assigned reading. They can also help you determine which concepts and ideas your class grasps and which they need more guidance on.
By pulling from the different sections of the lesson plan, quizzes and homework assignments offer a comprehensive review of My Family and Other Animals in manageable increments that are less substantial than a full blown test.
Use the Test Summary page to determine which pre-made test is most relevant to your students' learning styles. This lesson plan provides both full unit tests and mid-unit tests.
You can choose from several tests that include differing combinations of multiple choice questions, short answer questions, short essay questions, full essay questions, character and object matching, etc. Some of the tests are designed to be more difficult than others.
Some have essay questions, while others are limited to short-response questions, multiple choice, matching and short answer questions. If you don't find the combination of questions that best suits your class, you can also create your own test on My Family and Other Animals.
You have the option to Create Your Own Quiz or Test. If you want to integrate questions you've developed for your curriculum with the questions in this lesson plan, or you simply want to create a unique test or quiz from the questions this lesson plan offers, it's easy to do.
Cut and paste the information from the Create Your Own Quiz or Test page into a Word document to get started.
Scroll through the sections of the lesson plan that most interest you and cut and paste the exact questions you want to use into your new, personalized My Family and Other Animals lesson plan.