What is a Family?
Learn about different types of families—from single parent families to multi-generational families. Learn about extended families and family histories. Discover how families are formed, grow, and change with marriages, adoptions, and the birth of children. See how families celebrate holidays and birthdays, help with household chores, teach each other, and are always there for each other.
Every family is different. Let's look at how families are different and some of the ways they are the same.
- Students will understand what a family is. A family is a special group of people who love and care about each other. Everyone has a family and every family is different.
- Students will know what a wedding is and how it relates to a family. A wedding is a ceremony in which a man and a woman marry. The man is referred to as the groom and the woman is called the bride. A minister, priest, or judge performs the ceremony to make them husband and wife. Friends and family come to a wedding to rejoice and wish the couple good luck. After the wedding, the bride and groom are a new family, which will grow when they have children.
- Students will realize that everyone has two families: immediate and extended.
- The immediate family is made up of the parents and their children.
- The extended family includes grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
- Some people live with only their immediate family and others live with their extended family.
- Students will observe that families live in a large variety of places and shelters, or homes. Shelters provide a safe place to eat, sleep, and play.
- Students will understand that families need money and must work. Everyone needs food to eat and clothes to wear. Since most families buy their food and clothes, they must work to earn money. Usually, one or two parents has a job.
- Students will know that families like to do things together. They take trips together to have fun and they also do things together around the home.
- Students will understand that sometimes families change. New members of the family are added and existing members move away. Some of these changes make people happy and others make them sad. Fortunately, family members can help each other adjust to the changes.
- Students will realize that families have rules that everyone must follow. Some rules help to keep everyone healthy and safe and some rules ensure that chores are completed.
- Students will understand that families celebrate special days together. On birthdays, holidays, and festivals, families unite to have fun and rejoice.
- Students will understand that videos and pictures help to tell the story of a family.
- Before viewing the video
- Ask the students what is a family? Listen to each student who wishes to respond. Then have the students tell who lives in their home.
- After viewing the video
- A Family Graph: Recall all the types of families mentioned in the video. There are probably such families in the class. Make a graph of family members, including mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, and grandparents—anyone who lives in the students’ homes. Check to see which type of students are predominant in the families of the class.
- A Home and Family Picture: Give each student a 9” by 12” sheet of drawing paper. Fold it in half so that it makes a 9” by 6” rectangle. Have each student put the paper on his/her desk so that the folded edge is away from the student. Instruct them to draw a picture of where they live on the front and their immediate family inside. Older children can label their family members. Younger ones may need help with their labeling. Take home to share with the family.
- Family Chores: Ask how many students have chores to do at home. Make a list on the board. Put a mark by each chore that is mentioned more than once. Have each student act out one of his/her chores in front of the class while the other children try to guess what it is. Discuss why chores are important and how they help the entire family.
- Families are Different
- Two Kinds of Families
- Families Live in Different Places
- Family Fun
- Families Work
- Families Change
- Family Rules
- Family Celebrations
- Family History