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My Family Tradition

Kay Halverson PhD


Students gain understanding of social patterns in families by learning about tradition and discovering different family traditions.


The student knows a family history through two or three generations (e.g., customs, beliefs, and traditions of ancestors and their homelands).

The student uses basic computer skills for writing (including but not limited to using a mouse, locating numbers/letters on keyboard, turning computer on/off, and locating and opening application icon).

The student relates characters and simple events in a read-aloud book to own life.


-Hudson, W. (1993). "I Love My Family." New York: Scholastic, Inc.
-Hausherr, R. (1997). "Celebrating Families." New York: Scholastic Press.
-Kidspiration (Trial can be down loaded off of; must have Windows)
-Printer and computer paper
-Computers with Internet access


1. Install trial Kidspiration onto classroom computers with Windows.
2. Explore program by making your own family tradition web.
3. Find listed or appropriate books.
4. Recruit family to assist with lesson.


(May want to use as a center, if there are a limited number of computers.)

1. Read "I Love My Family" by Wade Hudson, or "Celebrating Families" by Rosemarie Hausherr (or any other appropriate book relating to families and traditions).

2. In this lesson the focus is on the "tradition." Discuss the book with the students and ask questions about the story. Inquire if the students know what a "tradition" is and allow time for them to brainstorm their ideas. Work with the students to define tradition.

3. Have students give examples of traditions they have in their family. Give appropriate examples of family traditions to assist students.

4. Tell the students the objective is for them to make a simple graphic organizer that relates to family traditions(i.e. semantic Web) on the computer using the graphic organizer section of Kidspiration. Have them gather around the computer and show them two or three basics such as: typing in the graph bubbles, adding a new bubble, or adding pictures.

5. Begin with each student typing in a tradition as the central topic. One or more family members, including the student, who participates will branch off the central tradition.

6. Assign students to work at their computers individually, or in groups, to complete their graphic organizers. Students receive support for spelling, and technical support, but their organizers must be original.

7. When completed, each student prints the final semantic Web. (You may want each student to draw a picture of his or her tradition or bring in a picture. This is optional.)

8. Post the students' semantic Webs around the classroom. As a formative assessment, each student explains his/her graphic organizer.


Students use the computer to create their semantic Webs. Webs describe a tradition with family members. Assess by checklist or rubric. (See Associated File.)

Note: Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.


Extension: Traditions in music (e.g., Happy Birthday song)

ESOL Accommodations:
1) Find a book about family written in appropriate language, as needed. Give them time to take home and read by themselves or with parents.
2) Label anything in appropriate language that may need to be labeled, or find words that you may need to know in that language for the assignment.
3) Have ESOL student work with English speaking student.

Web Links

This Website offers Kidspiration as a Web supplement to My Family Tradition. A downloadable free trial is available.
Inspire Your Students

Attached Files

Rubric for My Family Tradition     File Extension: pdf

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