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.
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.