Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wacky Week Wednesday - National Family Week 11/23-29

A family is a group of people associated by marriage or by common kinship or co-residence. We are all part of a family. Families are configured in different ways with many factors affecting them: single parents, grandparents as parents, divorce, adoption, remarriage, etc. All types of families love and care for each other. By learning about families, students will begin to understand their place in groups, communities, and the world. Students need to be exposed to various ways people and families are alike and different in order for them to gain an understanding and respect for others and others' families. This appreciation is important because it is the foundation of making and maintaining relationships. Everyone is a part of a family.

National Family Week was founded in 1968 by a former teacher and administrator from Indianapolis, Sam Wiley and is now organized by the Alliance for Children and Families. It was first proclaimed a national week by President Ronald Reagan on November 19, 1987. National Family Week in the United States takes place the week of American Thanksgiving.

Two classic family books to have in your reading center or during your group reading time:

Here are two websites that work well with the family theme:

(put together family puzzle)

(create words with the same endings)

Try this neat group activity:

In advance, send home a note to the parents asking them to send in 5 "clues" about their child (ex. I have a puppy named Mr. P). As a group, read these clues and guess who.

Please check out my My Family and Me Math and Literacy Packet

Or for a smaller family packet try my Family Thematic Centers and Worksheets

Remember to enjoy the time you spend with family and friends!

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