Title: Family Heritage (This lesson would
be appropriate to space out for the length of three days.)
Materials: chart paper, four different
colored markers, drawing/coloring materials, on 8"x11" paper for each
- Groups of students (writing in different
colored markers) will respond with at least one statement to each
of the four questions dealing with families in a carousel
- Students will draw a picture of what they
think of when the term "families" is mentioned.
- Students will list five important things about
their own family in the hands-on activity.
- Remind students how the book, Isla,
often addresses the concept of families.
- Have four questions located around the room
attached to large sheets of paper. These questions could be: 1)
List things dealing with families from the book, Isla. 2)
List places where your ancestors have come from. 3) What
characteristics have you inherited from your family? 4) What
things about you and your family might you tell your future
children and grandchildren.
- Divide the class into four groups. Choose a
good writer to be the scribe for each group. Each group will have
a different colored marker.
- Have the groups go around the room and answer
the questions on the large chart paper. Limited time should be
given to each group to ensure students from each of the groups
will contribute to the lists.
- Remind students that they are not allowed to
respond by repeating an answer that is already
- At the end of the rotation, have the groups
come up with a quick summary of the question they ended on. Go
around the groups and have a spokesperson from each group give the
summary to the rest of the class.
- Check off each group for contributing at least
one statement to each question (shown by the different colors of
ink on each chart.)
- Ask students to consider what they think of
when the term "families" is mentioned.
- Give students time to draw a picture of their
- Go around the room and have students share
their picture with the rest of the class. If a student wishes, he
or she has the option to pass.
- Collect pictures.
Hands On (Air-plane
- Remind students of how the girl and
grandmother in the story, Isla, traveled to the Caribbean
islands on a imaginative "flying journey".
- Pose the questions, "What if you could "fly"
back to where your ancestors came from? What important information
about your family would you tell them?"
- Instruct students to list five important
things about their family on an 8"x11" paper.
- Have the students fold their papers into
- Instruct students who are finsished early to
decorate their planes with pictures that represent things about
their families (ex. a ball for a family who really likes
- Tell students their planes represent what
information they might bring on their own "flying journey" to
- Check off students for writing five important
things about their families.
- Instruct students to place planes in their
Evaluation: Check that each group
contributed at least one statement for each of the four questions in
the carousel brainstorming activity (shown by that group's color of
marker used on each of the four charts). Check off each student for
completion of the family drawing and the listing of five important
things about their family on the airplanes.