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Unit 2, Lesson 1: Learning About Ancestors (pp. 44-47)
The Big Idea
Framework Concepts: Generations, Family History, Traditions, and Values We receive physical traits, interests, values, and ways of doing things from our ancestors.
- Show children a picture of yourself with one of your ancestors. Tell how you resemble your parents and grandparents physically. Then talk about what skills and traditions you learned from them. Read pages 44-47 together.
- Ask children to draw a picture of their parents and grandparents. Identify these people as their ancestors. Ask them to point to anyone they look like in any physical way. Then have volunteers share what things they have learned from their ancestors.
Check for Understanding
- Have children brainstorm a list things they learned from one of their ancestors, such as stories, a sports skill, a lesson about what is right and wrong, a way to celebrate a holiday, how to cook a special food, and so on. Pair children with partners and have them take turns teaching or explaining that thing to their partner.
- Ask children to draw a picture of themselves with one of their ancestors during a time when they were learning from that relative.
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