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This lesson gives the students an opportunity to see that every family has traditions they participate in throughout the year.
This activity is called Traditions in Our Family. This lesson gives the students an opportunity to see that every family has traditions they participate in throughout the year. The ideal time to begin this activity is within the first two weeks of school. Do steps two to four first, at the beginning of the school year, when discussing what each child did in the summer. Then repeat this activity as each new season begins. This gives the student a sense of belonging to a family and a community. Before teaching this lesson, the months of the year and the names of the seasons need to be reviewed in oral and/or written form. You may choose to teach the steps of this lesson all in the succession of a day or over the span of many days, as your schedule and preference dictates.
In the book, When This Box is Full, by Patricia Lillie (illustrated by Donald Crews), a child fills a box with things that represent each month of the year. There are several repetitions of the months in the story. Therefore, the students can read along. The story ends with the character (child) wanting to share what is in the box with you, the reader. After reading the book, the teacher will ask the students to name each month of the year and each of the four seasons. The teacher will then present his/her box to the class and the students will have a chance to see if they can match an item in the box (items may or may not be the same objects as in the book) with the appropriate month of the year.
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
Invitation to Learn
Within the first two weeks of school is the ideal time to do this activity. Students will sit on the rug as you discuss their understanding of a tradition. Then teach them the Tradition Rap. This rap should be a part of the classroom repertoire throughout the year. Next, you will read When This Box is Full. The repetition of this book lends itself to shared reading as the students read the months of the year with you.
Goodlad, J. I., Soder, R., Sirotnik, K. A., (1990). The Moral Dimensions of Teaching. Jossey- Bass Inc. Publishers, San Francisco, California.
Classrooms contain children of enormous diversity in family background, culture, language, and preparation for school activities, as well as huge variations in both readiness and the ability to learn. Teachers must ask: How can I meet the needs of every student, regardless of his/her learning style or disposition? This lesson lends itself to helping every child feel a part of a community by recognizing that all families, schools, and communities have traditions and they can be a part of traditions that surround them.