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Creating Family Timelines: Graphing Family Memories and Significant Events

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Creating Family Timelines: Graphing Family Memories and Significant Events

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

Activities & Projects

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Boars and Baseball: Making Connections

In this lesson, students will make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections after reading In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. After sharing and discussing connections, students choose and plan a project that makes a personal connection to the text.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 11

Children's author Patricia Polacco was born in 1944.

Students share family stories of their own by writing original poems and reviewing parts of speech using the Diamante Poems tool.

 

Grades   3 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 19

Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.

Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read Smoky Night to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.

 

Grades   4 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 18

Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride in 1775.

Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8

Today is National Grandparents Day.

National Grandparents Day, first proposed in 1970, was officially proclaimed in 1978.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28

The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.

Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 22

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered in 1967.

After thinking about TV shows, books, and movies from their childhood, students write about what they remember and revisit how they feel about it at an older age.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 1

Celebrate National Family Literacy Day!

Parents, grandparents, and other family members are invited to the classroom for a family-school reading day.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Creating Family Timelines

Children can interview family members and make an illustrated timeline of the most important family events and memories.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Celebrating Grandmothers

Explore books that celebrate relationships with grandmothers and learn how even across different cultures a grandmother's love is the same.

 

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