type of home do you live in?
The purpose of this lesson is to expose children to vocabulary and
literature related to homes, and to develop pride in being able to draw
and describe houses by hand and on the computer. Another goal is to
develop mastery in usage of this vocabulary related to their every day
How it works:
1. Locate web sites related to homes and dictionary pages.
2. Create a semantic web for houses.
3. Prepare a KWL chart to see what students would like to learn about
4. Prepare pictures of dwellings.
5. Obtain list of student addresses from school office.
6. Create sample drawing of home on Kidpix.
7. Obtain visuals from Magnetic Way related to furniture in a bedroom.
8. Construct a Venn Diagram to compare Morty's bedroom and the students'
9. Write finger play, "Here Is A House" on a large chart.
10. Use students pictures to make a "house graph."
1. Students will state what they would like to learn about houses for
2. Draw pictures with crayons and with Kidpix of their own homes and
write address on the picture.
3. Read address to partner.
4. Describe their house using vocabulary as displayed on word wall.
5. Make an address plate for their front doors.
6. Repeat, in group and individually, vocabulary for furniture in a
7. Use Kidpix to find, draw, and print pictures of bedroom furniture.
8. Students will predict outcomes in the book This Is The Place For
Me and compare predictions to what actually happened in book.
8. Identify similarities between their bedrooms and Morty's bedroom.
9. Recite finger play, "Here Is A House."
1. Read write, listen and speak
for information and understanding.
2. Interpret information represented in
pictures illustrations, and simple charts and webs.
3. Use a picture dictionary as a resource
4. Point to words in a text on a chart
when read aloud, matching spoken word to print.
5. Use computer software to support early
reading development and early writing skills.
6. Create a drawing, picture, sign, or
other graphic to represent a word or concept.
7. Use classroom resource (word walls,
picture dictionaries, teacher, peer) to support the writing process.
8. Take turns speaking in a group.
9. Correct the pronunciation of words by
using classroom resources, such as teachers, peers, audio/and video
tapes, and computer software.
Students will be evaluated on
their ability to draw and label the furniture in their own bedroom, and
be able to recite and write their own address.
Software materials used:
Kidpix, by Broderbund
A follow up lesson would include the introduction of vocabulary for
furniture in other rooms of the house, and exploration of different
types of homes.
Margaret McQuade has been teaching
since 1970, first in a private elementary school and since 1984 in the
New York City public school system. She has taught grades K-8, early
childhood reading, and early childhood English as a second language.
Estimated Class Periods To
Subject: ESL Social Studies
Beginning Grade Level: K
Ending Grade Level: 5