Family Heritage Project 1st Graders

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					                 Family Heritage Project 1st Graders
       Our class is starting a Family Heritage Project. Some of the big ideas we will be
learning about are: Geography, Ancestors and Families. We know that families can
include lots of different people: brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, adopted parents,
birth parents, step relatives, significant partners… Because this project is a
collaboration between home and school your child will need your help, and help of
other family members. We will be learning general things about family heritage in
class, but the specifics about your family will need to come from your home. I am
sending this packet home now so that your family can take advantage of the
Thanksgiving Break to gather information. These conversations can take place face to
face, or through letters, email or phone calls.

      Another skill that I am teaching in this assignment is time management. To help
guide your child in learning this skill I have assigned due dates for each piece. Please
make sure that your child uses their time well, and don’t put off the assignment until
the night before it is due. Each assignment NEEDS to be in on time or early so that
we can do the in class portion of the project. Because these pages will be bound into
a keepsake book for your child to treasure, please make sure that they do their
personal best. I hope that this homework will involve lots of interesting conversations
and a memorable experience for your family.

Due Dates:

                 Friday, November 18th               Where do I Come From?
                                                     World Map

                 Wednesday, November 30th            Personal Time Line
                                                     Family Custom

                 Wednesday, December 7th             Names of Relatives
                                                     Family Recipe

Optional Pages: included in the packet we have provided a few optional pages if
your child chooses to complete them by December 8th I will include them in the book.
They are titled Parents Story, What’s in a Name and a Scrap Book of Primary Sources
(family photos and important documents). There is also an opportunity to extend the
Names of Relatives assignment into a Family Tree.

      Our Family Heritage Celebration will be Friday, December 17th from 12:45 –
1:55. We will celebrate by inviting family members and family food to share (your
Family Recipe that is included in this project). The class and I look forward to seeing
you on this special day!
                                    Instructions
      Because the culminating event of this report is to bind it into a book that will be
treasured, the writing in the report should be neat and legible. Reports may be hand
written or typed. The writing/typing is to be done by the children, so please plan
accordingly.
Where Did I Come From:

        This will be a list of relatives who came to America and the countries they came
from.

World Map:

      This will be a map of where in the world your ancestors are from. The map will
help them answer questions about their family origin.

Personal time line:

       This will be a list of the most important events of your child's life. We will do
the finished pieces in class. This is to help focus your child's memory on events they
may not remember.

Family Custom:

    This is a custom or ceremony that your family has that they would like to
remember.

Names of Your Relatives:

       This is a list of relatives. A beginner’s family tree – if you would like to extend
this into a full family tree you are more than welcome to.

Family recipe:

     For our Family Heritage Celebration each family will bring a favorite family dish.
Hopefully you can prepare it with your child's help. This is the recipe of that dish.
Optional Assignments:

Mother and Father's Story:

      This can be a funny or interesting story from your life. The intent is to pass on a
family story to your child. This story may be shared in class.

What’s in a Name?

      This details the story behind your child’s name.

Scrap Book of Primary Sources (family photos/important documents):

       If you have family photos/important documents that you would like to include
feel free to make a page or two on letter size paper (this could be scrapbook style).
Name:_______________________________________________________


                        Where Do I Come From?

     We've been learning in class that many people came to America from
somewhere else. Sometimes it was recently; sometimes it was a long time ago. Find
out where your mom's and your dad's relatives lived before they came to America.

Mother's Relatives (grandparents, great-grand, etc.)



1. Name of relative: ___________________________________


     Country of origin:__________________________________


2. Name of relative: ___________________________________


     Country of origin:__________________________________


3. Name of relative: ___________________________________


     Country of origin:__________________________________


4. Name of relative____________________________________


     Country of origin:__________________________________
Name:___________________________


Father's relatives (grandparents, great-grand, etc.)


1. Name of relative: ___________________________________


    Country of origin:__________________________________


2. Name of relative: ___________________________________


    Country of origin:__________________________________


3. Name of relative: ___________________________________


    Country of origin:__________________________________


4. Name of relative____________________________________


    Country of origin:__________________________________
Name:________________________________________________

                         World Map

    Put an X on the map to show where your family is from (you
may mark the many places your family comes from). Put an O on
the map to show where you live.
I live in the town of ____________________________________,
which is in the state of _________________________________,
which is in the country of _______________________________.




For the following questions please choose one family
member who came to America from a different country.
My family member ______________________________________
is from _______________________________________________.
He/she came to America in the year________________________.
He/she came here because _______________________________
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Name:________________________________________________

                             My Personal Timeline

       Your child's life is filled with important memorable events. They may be
interesting, funny, or exciting. Events like special birthdays, firsts (teeth, steps, bike
ride), moves, trips, births of a brother or sister, family reunions, getting a pet, etc.
We will be making a time line of these events and will need to have a minimum
of four events with which to work. Please place events in chronological order
from the earliest to the most recent. Provide only one event per year starting
with “I was born”...


Year___________Event___________________________________

______________________________________________________

Year___________Event___________________________________

______________________________________________________

Year___________Event___________________________________

______________________________________________________

Year___________Event___________________________________

______________________________________________________

Year___________Event___________________________________

______________________________________________________
                                Family Custom
      All families have customs or ceremonies that are part of their traditions. They
are important because they help us celebrate who we are. They help us remember
our heritage and culture.

      As a part of our history–social sciences curriculum, we have been learning
about customs, traditions, and ceremonies. In this part of the assignment, please
help your child think of a favorite family custom or ceremony. Using the following
page, help your child write sentences describing the custom or ceremony. Then, in
the space provided at the bottom of the page, have your child illustrate the custom or
ceremony they selected.
                    My Family Custom


Our family custom is _____________________________________

______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

We ___________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________
Name:__________________________________________

                           Names of Relatives

Find out the names of your relatives.


Sisters:______________________________________________
____________________________________________________
Brothers:____________________________________________
____________________________________________________
Mom: _______________________________________________
Dad:________________________________________________
Step mom: ___________________________________________
Step dad: ____________________________________________
Grandma (Mom): _____________________________________
Grandpa (Mom): ______________________________________
Grandma (Dad): ______________________________________
Grandpa (Dad): _______________________________________
Aunts: (Mom's sisters):_________________________________
____________________________________________________
Uncles (Mom's brothers):_______________________________
____________________________________________________
Name:__________________________________________


Cousins (Mom's side):__________________________________
____________________________________________________
Aunts (Dad's sisters):__________________________________
____________________________________________________
Uncles (Dad's brothers):________________________________
____________________________________________________
Cousins (Dad’s side):__________________________________
____________________________________________________
Anyone else that we haven’t listed above :___________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
Name:__________________________________________


                          Family Recipe

     Is there a recipe that your family makes that has been passed
down through the family over the generations? If not, do you have
a favorite recipe?
Include ingredients, directions and history (if you have it).
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
Name:__________________________________________

                            Parent’s Story

My parent's full name is:
_______________________________________________
His/her birthday is:
_______________________________________________
His/her birthplace is
______________________________________________
This is a story about my parent when he/she was younger:
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
Name:__________________________________________

                     What's in a Name?

Why did your parents choose your name?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
If you were named after someone, who was it?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
What nicknames do you have and how did you get them?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
Do you like your name? Why or why not?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________

				
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