Kindred (Family History) Project

Project Summary

This project will challenge students to explore their family heritage! In our third unit of Language Arts, the fifth grade students study heritage. In the past they have had a choice of a variety of projects. They had the opportunity to bring in items to show their classmates their family's heritage. Using a telecollaborative aspect to this assignment would allow the students to explore various cultures around the world. This project will allow families to share their stories of ancestry and they will become more aware of their relatives have influenced world events.

In the Kindred project, students will research events in the lives of members of their family and to find the impact of world or local history. Students will be asked to interview member of their immediate family or their extended family (grandparents, uncles, aunts). They will ask them about experiences in their life that have been affected by the events of world or local history. Events may include war, natural disasters, migration, important discoveries, monuments, famous places and so on. Students will focus on the impact for their family.

It is my hope that families will enjoy the opportunity to share their stories with our students. This project will help them to understand how they and their lives are influenced by events that take place around the world! This project will connect to our Language Arts unit as well as our Character Education program at Jessup Elementary School.