Narrating a Family Tradition

After examining a piece of art, scholars discuss what they see, paying close attention to details and space. A read-aloud introduces the topic of family traditions. Pupils interview their family members about a tradition in preparation for writing a paragraph that describes that tradition. To illustrate the tradition, participants create a collage using watercolors and construction paper cut-outs. Presentations showcase paragraphs and completed artwork. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct the lesson before winter break, send finished work home, and encourage learners to display it in their home over the holiday
  • If a child has trouble coming up with a family tradition, invite them to write and illustrate a tradition they read about it a book
  • Challenge class members to locate additional pieces of art that depict family traditions
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies and art supplies
  • The duration reflects four 45-minute sessions
Pros
  • Includes three extension activities
  • Provides ample opportunity to boost speaking and listening skills
Cons
  • None