Family: An Important Part of Life is a three-week, integrated, grade one Social Studies, Language and the Arts unit. This unit will give students the opportunity to develop, identify and demonstrate an understanding of relationships, rules and responsibilities in their lives. Students will begin by focusing on the diverse nature of families and will identify the significant people, places and events in their lives. Specifically, they will investigate, sort and collect data to demonstrate how relationships, rules and responsibilities within families change over time. Students will also learn about diversity, multiculturalism and different family structures within their own and their peer’s families. Students will collect, display, organize and analyze their learning in a final presentation to their teacher, peers and families. By the end of the unit the students will be able to demonstrate showing how and why “Family is an important part of life!”
This unit has the teacher introducing the many different aspects of family through teacher-directed lessons. This is followed my student centred learning activities including the collection of items and research from homework tasks. The final week of the unit is dedicated to preparing students for the culminating task presentation.
CULMINATING TASK ASSESSMENT
The students will be presenting scripts to the teacher/class about different artifacts they have collected on their family and activities they have completed throughout the unit.
LINKS TO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
-Build on existing knowledge and understanding of family
-Performing in front of a group
-Working with others in groups
-Listen for a purpose
-Communicating with a purpose
NOTES TO TEACHER
This unit will be implemented best with the students working on their activities in small groups of no greater than 6 students. Communication home is essential to assist in students being able to get as much data from home on family in order to complete many of the tasks. Teachers will have to be sensitive to some of the issues that may face students when it comes to family and have to adapt accordingly. Teachers must also be aware of family differences due to cultural and traditional differences.