Our Children of the World


As a technology instructor, I begin the year working with the teachers and students on a family heritage unit.  This is always a good lead in for Thanksgiving. The students love this unit as they learn about their own family history. It involves so many skills that lay the foundation for future learning. And, students learn an appreciation for other cultures of the world and diversity within their own classroom.

I provide students with great websites for research. They are now beginning see how the computer is used as a tool for gathering information. Scholastic has to be my favorite website. It's so comprehensive for all levels. I recommend that teachers use Scholastic as a guide as students learn about their cultural heritage. I also recommend Fact Monster and Time for Kids. These websites are perfect for elementary students.

There are many children's books that can be read during the unit. If you haven't heard of The Arrival by Shaun Tan, GET IT! This book has no words. It is a wonderful book for discussion about the thoughts and feelings of people immigrating to a new country. The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco emphasises the importance of family traditions and heirlooms.

My husband's grandfather came to the United States from Sicily when he was nine years old. He had to travel alone on the boat because his family didn't have enough money for all of them to make the journey. We loved listening to his story about making the trip to New Orleans and the hardships they encountered. I hope my children pass on the traditions and heirlooms on to their children. 


My product "Children of the World" includes research booklets about each country and activities about family heritage. Teachers can choose activities they would use during the unit. I've also included a Country Research Scrapbook for additional activities. There's lots of opportunities for differentiation. 














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