Grade 1 My Family Lesson Plan: Life Skills

Lesson Plan Title:
Grade 1 Life Skills Lesson Plan: My Family

Materials Needed:
– Chart paper and markers
– Family picture from home (optional)
– Drawing paper and crayons
– Storybook about families
– Flashcards with family member titles (mother, father, sister, brother, etc.)
– Interactive whiteboard or chalkboard

Learning Objectives:
– Students will identify different family members and their roles.
– Students will describe their own families.
– Students will understand the diversity of family structures.
– Students will develop listening and speaking skills through storytelling and discussion.

1. Family – A group of people related by blood or close relationships.
2. Mother – A female parent.
3. Father – A male parent.
4. Sister – A female sibling.
5. Brother – A male sibling.

Previous Learning:
– Students have previously discussed their immediate environment and relationships with people in their community, like neighbours and friends.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:
Challenge: Students may come from diverse family structures and might not see their family represented.
Solution: Emphasize the diversity of families, validating all types of families. Include examples of single-parent families, extended families, and guardians.

Beginning Activities: (4 minutes)
1. Introduction: Welcome students and explain that the lesson will be about families.
2. Activate Prior Knowledge: Ask students to turn to a friend and tell them who is in their family.

Middle Activities: (32 minutes)
1. Direct Instruction (8 minutes):
– Use the flashcards to introduce and explain the key family member terms. Show pictures related to each term.
– Read a storybook that features different types of families to the students.

  1. Guided Practice (10 minutes):
  2. Show a big chart with a simple family tree drawn on it. Discuss each family member’s role within the family.
  3. Draw a family member on the board, ask students who they think it is, and discuss the role of that person.

  4. Independent Practice (14 minutes):

  5. Distribute drawing paper and crayons to students.
  6. Ask them to draw a picture of their family. For those who can write, they should label each family member.
  7. Walk around the classroom to provide help as needed and to encourage students.

End Activities: (4 minutes)
1. Sharing and Discussion: Invite volunteers to show their drawings and share a little about their family.
2. Consolidation Activity: Use an exit ticket where students write or draw one thing they learned about families today.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:
– Observe student participation during discussions and storytime.
– Review the family drawings and labels to check understanding of family member roles.
– Collect exit tickets to assess key takeaways from the lesson.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:
Scaffolding: Pair students who may struggle with those more advanced during the discussion and practice activities.
Extension Activity: Ask advanced learners to write a sentence about what they like to do with their family.

Teaching Notes:
– Remember to acknowledge and respect the diverse family structures within your classroom.
– Ensure to create an inclusive environment where all students feel their family type is represented.
– Highlight the strengths and uniqueness of different family types, fostering a sense of respect and understanding among students.
– Ensure materials and activities are accessible for students with disabilities, using larger print for visually impaired students and providing additional assistance for those needing help with writing or drawing.

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