Children & Chores

Have you ever waffled on teaching a topic because of how your students would receive it? I’ve had this topic on the backburner for quite some time, for this very reason! Interestingly, children and chores turned out to be a great discussion topic with students as they weighed in with their opinions based on their own personal experiences or lack thereof!

Set

  • Begin by showing students a picture of children doing household chores. Ask them to study the image and then complete the chart prompts: I see… I think… I wonder…
  • Students share their responses as a class.

Materials

  • iPads or Laptops ( I do most of this lesson digitally, but you can choose to do most of it with paper and pencil.)
  • Screen & Projector
  • Highlighters (yellow & blue)
  • Canva Website or App (for infographic assignment)

Activities

  • Once the image prompts have been shared, I assign a reading using the Parade article “Should Kids Do Chores?“and ask them to annotate or code text it in the following way(s)…
    • Underline the title
    • Circle the author’s name
    • Put a star beside unknown vocabulary and look up definitions. Note definitions in the margins of the article
    • Highlight a minimum of 5 key ideas or facts in YELLOW
    • Highlight statistics in BLUE
    • Place a “?” beside anything you have a question about or do not understand
    • Place a “!” beside anything that you found surprising or interesting
  • As a whole class, discuss the title, author’s name and unknown vocab terms from the article. Then, if possible, place students into small groups and discuss the key points of the article as well as things they questioned or found interesting. Let them know that they will eventually be sharing as a whole class so they should have a lot of things in mind to discuss.
  • When we pull back together as a group, I like to use and project the “Wheel of Names” on my screen to randomly select people to share something from the article with the group. This is a neat platform to select students because all students must share, they never know who will be next and they can’t share something that’s already been shared so it keeps the discussion moving and interesting!
  • Because this is a dilemma topic, I like to have students research both the pros and cons associated with children having or not having chores. Students use and cite reliabe web-resources to complete their charts.
  • After looking at the pros and cons for each side of the dilemma, students explain their opinion on a couple of quotes based on their research along with taking a final stance on the topic of children and chores.
  • Finally, using their final stance, students must create an infographic, using the free website or app–Canva, to raise awareness about children and chores, based on the opinion they previously defended.
  • The infographic needs to include the following…
    • An interesting title to hook the viewers.
    • 3 appropriate images or graphics, inserted/uploaded, to illustrate the topic.
    • A minimum of 5 key facts and supporting details relating to the topic.
    • Encapsulate the infographic message in six words!
  • Share finished infographics with the class to see the overall opinion of assigning children household chores!
  • Recently, I discovered this free TPT resource, Age Appropriate Chores that may be helpful in this lesson.

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