Activity: Make a Greeting Card
to Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health & Wellness
Web Link Description
Help children understand
the importance of family bonds by reading aloud the
clever verses in Mommy and Me, an online storybook written
by Robert Alan. This storybook is located at the People
for Peace Web site, which offers a collection of online
storybooks, accompanied by charming illustrations, on
topics such as caring and getting along with others.
It also contains activities and projects for children.
to create a greeting card expressing
love for one's family
to explore ways that family members
are important to each other
to learn how families are alike
and how they are different
to understand the basic concept
of the family
Before Online Activity
Explain to children that
a family is a group of people who are related and who
love and take care of one another. Ask children to name
some of the members of a family. Answers may include
parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles,
cousins, stepparents, stepsiblings, and guardians. Be
sure to mention that families come in different sizes
and that they may or may not have all of these members.
Ask children to think about the members of their own
families and to talk about some of the ways that these
people are special to them.
If you are using
Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health & Wellness,
refer to the section on families. Tell children that
you will read them a story in which they will meet some
animal characters and hear about their special relationships
with their mothers.
Have drawing paper
and markers or crayons available for children to use
in completing this activity.
Mommy and Me
Distribute student activity
sheets and help children navigate the Web site. Show
them how to click Turn the Page to
follow along as you read the story aloud. As you read
Mommy and Me, encourage children to
look at the pictures and to ask questions. When the
story is finished, have children look at the pictures
on the worksheet and color those that show family members
helping each other or having fun together.
drawing paper and show children how they can make a
greeting card by folding the paper in half. On the front
of the card, have children draw a picture of their family
doing something together. On the inside of the card,
help children write a simple message, such as "I
love you!" Children can take their cards home for
their families to enjoy.
If you have
time, you may want to read other stories at the Web
site. To do so, click Kids Care Story Center.
Print the online student
activity sheet to create a blackline master.
Sharing the Activity
Invite children to share
the picture they have drawn of their families with the
class. Have them name their family members. You may
want to help them print the names of the people in their
drawings. Invite children to describe something special
they enjoy doing with their families.
Ask children to describe
their families. Are they all the same size? Do all families
have the same members? Explain that while all families
are different from each other in some ways, they are
alike in other ways. Encourage children to name ways
that all families are alike.
Home School Connections
Print the online family
activity sheet to create a blackline master. For
best results, be sure that your browser's font size
has been set to "12" and that your browser
has been set to print in "portrait mode."