Connecting with Families

As part of the CDP, DSC created a number of short conversational activities, Homeside Activities, to help bring parents into their children’s school learning. These activities, 18 at each grade level K through 6, are designed to connect with families, build classroom community, and address issues related to character development. In all four of the videos below, we see the introduction of the home activity, some part of the actual home conversations, and the follow-up class discussion. Homeside Activities can be ordered from the DSC at www.devstu.org

Courage Close to Home

Courage Close to Home

After reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry in which a Danish family hides a Jewish girl from the Nazis, sixth grade students in High Point, North Carolina tell a family member about the courage shown by the Danish family and interview their parents about someone they know who has displayed courage “close to home.”

Family Folklore

Family Folklore

Students in a combination fifth/sixth grade class in Cupertino California watch a fellow student interview their teacher about her family history, discuss how to arrange a successful interview with their busy parents, interview their parents, and share with a partner and then the entire class some of the interesting things they learned.

Old Enough

Old Enough

After reading the book A Gift for Mama by Esther Hautzig, in which the main character faces the problem of not being considered old enough to do something she wants, third grade students in White Plains New York interview a family member about a time when their family member was not considered “old enough.”

The Story of My Name

The Story of My Name

A first/second grade class in Louisville, Kentucky observes their teacher as she interviews her mother about the origins of her name. Individual students talk with their parents at home about the origins of their names, and then share what they learned back in the classroom.

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