This week I read This is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson. This is a story about a family heirloom which has been passed down through their family. Prior to reading the book, I had students share some of their family traditions (Easter, Birthdays, etc.) and then we talked briefly about heirlooms (objects which we associate with traditions or events from our past). After reading the story, which talks about jumping rope and mentions an alphabet chant, I showed them the book A my name is Alice by Jane Baylor, illustrated by Steve Kellog and read the first page (A). As a group we came up with our own version using the letter B.
Extension Activity: Using this worksheet , identify 6 significant events in your personal or family history. Draw a picture to represent each event. Are there objects that are part of your family’s traditions – a special plate used for birthdays, a particular decoration? Add these to your pictures, then cut the pictures out and tape them on a piece of rope/yarn, like a timeline.