Sunday, October 2, 2011

Family Glyph

I did a lesson on families this week in a kindergarten class. We focused on how families are different and how they are the same. We made the family glyph from Shari Sloane's site Kidscount1234.

We started the lesson with Todd Parr's The Family Book. I love this book because it does such a great job of showing all of the different ways families are made up . It also brings in things families have in common.
I used the book to generate a discussion about their own families, how families are different, and how they are the same. We also talked about different things families like to do together.

Then we worked together to make the family glyph. We worked through each family member on the house chart one at a time. We talked about what color represented that person and if they needed one or more of that color. Students glued their squares on their house shapes.

After their glyphs were finished, we analyzed them. Students sorted themselves into groups on the carpet so that we could make comparisons and count groups. For example, students who have a sister living in their house stood on one side of the carpet while students who do not have a sister living in their house stood on the other side.

Then we counted to see who had the biggest family.

For the glyph: I found a clip art picture of a simple house and used it to make a pattern for the black house student shape. The colored squares are 1 1/2 inch X 1 1/2 inch. The large house is made from 2 black sheets of 12 X 18 inch construction paper. One sheet forms the body of the house and the other sheet is used to create the roof. 

 Family Glyph Words


Holly said...

Oh my goodness - so simple yet so cool! I love it. We're wrapping up our social studies unit on families - what a cool way to end it. Thanks!!!!!

Ms. Moore said...

I love this project. I want to add it to our houses and homes unit. What font did you use? It is so colorful and fun.

Sarah said...

Goodness!! LOVE this!! I will have to add it to my files...we just closed the book on Families and are starting friends! LOVE LOVE it!!

Thanks for sharing such a creative way to display information!!
Sarah Hetrick

Dual Kinder Teacher said...

What a great way to end our family unit! Thanks so much for sharing :)
Dual Kinder Teacher

Anonymous said...

That is the cutest project ever! Kindergarten kids would love working on this! Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. Larremore said...

The font is from Lettering Delights and its called Color Doodles.

Ms.M said...

This couldn't have come at a better time! I am working on families this week AND reading The Family Book this week too. :)

Ms. M
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Ken Diller said...

Is there any way I could get this without a scribd account?