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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Creating Family Timelines: Graphing Family Memories and Significant Events
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 50-minute sessions|
Grades 4 – 7 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
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.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
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.
Grades 3 – 10 | Calendar Activity |  December 19
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
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
National Grandparents Day, first proposed in 1970, was officially proclaimed in 1978.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 28
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
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
Parents, grandparents, and other family members are invited to the classroom for a family-school reading day.
Grades 3 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  July 11
Students share family stories of their own by writing original poems and reviewing parts of speech using the Diamante Poems tool.
ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS
Grades 3 – 5 | Activity & Project
Children can interview family members and make an illustrated timeline of the most important family events and memories.
Grades K – 5 | Podcast Episode
Explore books that celebrate relationships with grandmothers and learn how even across different cultures a grandmother's love is the same.