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Concept: Traditions help build family unity and provide feelings of security. They do not need to be expensive or time consuming but they must be something meaningful to the entire family.
Begin talking about traditions by asking students to give their first responses to the following items or activities.
Then discuss how traditions are often simple activities such as a particular food on a given day or, for a particular event (such as rice pudding, homemade bread, popcorn, apples, etc.). It may stimulate interest to have samples of such a food that has been a tradition in your family to share with the class while you explain about personal family traditions. Continue talking about traditions by addressing the following concepts:
What does the term tradition mean?
What makes a tradition?
How do traditions develop? Where do ideas come from?
Who is responsible for developing and following through with traditions?
Who should be included in family traditions?
How much should family traditions cost?
How can they be maintained?
How can traditions help develop family unity and provide feelings of security?
Working in family groups and using the student activity worksheets, OUR FAMILY TRADITIONS and CELEBRATIONS AND TRADITIONS, have the students share traditions of their own families in their assigned family groups, including birthdays, and let each student record them on his/her paper. Then have the family groups decide on a tradition with the class in the form of a pantomime.
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