By: M'Linda Holmgren


Subject Areas: Related to Article 16 in Universal Declaration for Human Rights (Right to Marriage/Family)

Grade Level: Kindergarten-1st grade


* Students will draw a picture of something they enjoy doing with their family, or something special about their family.

Materials Needed:




* The book Families by Meredith Tax


1. I will write 6 blanks on the board and ask the students to guess letters (the word they will form is family). "We all have a family, and every family is made up of different people. Do you want to learn about some families in a book?"

2. Ask the students what they think the book will be about, and ask them to try to see if any family in the book is exactly like theirs. Read the book Families to the class.

3. Have a discussion about families: (These answers will be written on the board)

a. What is a family?

b. How are families different?

c. How are families the same?

d. Who are the members of a family?

e. What was the same about the book's families and your family?

f. What is a tradition?

g. What are your family's traditions?

h. What do other families do?

i. Does everyone have a right to have a family?

j. Should the government tell people what traditions they should have, and what they wear, and what they eat?

k. Do you think that people that are different than you have families?

l. How are people alike?

m. How are we all like one family?

n. Can people in the same family have different skin color?

Families help make us who we are. Everyone has a family. There are many different kinds of family, but no one family is better than another. Families do not necessarily need to be of blood relation, but can include all people. Families are who you love.

4. Reread page 27 of Family and ask how the children felt about the family that the children in the book formed. Is there anything wrong with the family they formed? Can we all be considered family?

5. I will say, "In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 16 is the right to marriage and family. Do you think that everyone in the world deserves respect for their marriage and their family?"

6. I will then have the students take out a piece of paper and draw what they enjoy doing with their families or something that is special about their families (this does not necessarily only need to include blood relations). If possible, the students will write a few sentences to tell what is happening in their pictures.


Students will share their pictures with the class, and then they will be displayed in the classroom.

Ideas adapted from lesson plan entitled: We Are One Family



Extension Activities:

Have people from other countries come and share experiences about their family.

Other Texts you could use with this lesson:

Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor

All Kinds of Families by Norma Simon.