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Family Activities


About This Daily Classroom Special 
Each week Homework Hotline will suggest homework assignments aimed at grades K-1 and 2-3. Homework Hotline was written by Buzz Eyler, Director of Educational Technology
at the Orcutt School District (CA) and a former Teachers Network web mentor. 

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Family Activities

This week the homework will center on your children's families and learning to know each other. The activities are appropriate for K-3, except as noted. Feel free to copy, cut and paste the assignments into your word processor for sending home (or print this page).

Day 1

Ask each child to make a photo album of his/her life and family which can be brought to school to share. To see a sample letter, click here. Have the albums come to school near the end of the week and spend a few days letting the class share with each other the story of their lives.

Day 2

Give each child a large blank piece of paper (18" x 24") and ask the child to make a picture of himself or herself using any medium -- it could be crayon, paint, pencil, mosaic, etc. To see a sample letter, click here.

Day 3

Have the children interview one adult member of their family (one not living with them if possible) and ask what school was like when they went to school. To see a sample questionnaire, click here.

Day 4

Have the children go around their house and find three things taller than they are and three things shorter than they are. For non-writers in K-1, ask the parents to record the objects. Second and third grade children should attempt to write their own list.


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