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FACS: Family Unity (Family)

Life Skills:

  • Communication

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.

Group Size:


Students will learn to make positive contributions to strengthen their families.

Main Curriculum Tie:
FACS 6th Grade
Strand 3 Standard 1

Examine attributes and issues related to family life and the skills needed to enhance independent living.

Career Connections:

  • Family Therapist

Worksheets and supplies as needed for various activities.

For the communication puzzle activity, have the puzzles cut apart and placed into separate envelopes to facilitate the management of the activity. Use colored copies to prevent the possibility of mix ups.

Background For Teachers:
Begin this unit by asking the question, “What is a family?” and have the students describe and define the term family.

Family: an individual or a group of people bonded by marriage, blood, or other means who have established a household.

After a brief discussion, the teacher can lead the students into the above definition of the term. The teacher may need to expand the discussion to cover some of the components of this definition. Have the students complete the “What Is A Family?” student worksheet as the discussion progresses.


Student Prior Knowledge:
Basic communication skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn how to contribute to a family in a positive manner.

Instructional Procedures:
Have students complete the activities listed below.


  • family_ties.doc
  • family_give_and_take_1_.pdf
  • family_unity_1_.doc
  • family_unity_1_.pdf
  • family_ties_1_.pdf
  • family_commun_1___puzzlepieces.pdf
  • family_commun__puzzlepieces.doc
    Divide the class into their classroom families and have each family select an bserver to observe and complete the observation sheet. Give each family one of the puzzles and allow them two minutes to put the puzzle together. NO ONE MAY TALK DURING THIS EXERCISE. The family will be disqualified if anyone talks. The goal is to see which group can put the puzzle together without communicating verbally.

    When the groups have finished, have the students identify some of the problems and frustrations they encountered; then have them express their feelings or emotions in the situation. Also discuss the observations of the group observers.

    When the activity is completed, the teacher should explain that this is like a family who tries to live together but never talks to each other. It’s very difficult to accomplish anything and build relationships without promoting family communication.

    Communicating effectively as a family unit is a vital part of successful family life.

  • all_in_this_together_1_.pdf
  • all_in_this_together.doc

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Created Date :
Aug 07 2002 17:58 PM