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Our Class is a Family Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Our Class is a Family will love this post. It includes resource recommendations, teaching ideas, and information about the book.

With themes of kindness and being respectful, this Our Class is a Family picture book by Shannon Olsen is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be big hit in your classroom too!

Engage Your Students with Our Class is a Family Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Our Class is a Family.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Our Class is a Family reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

OUR CLASS IS A FAMILY SUMMARY

The book Our Class is a Family is written by Shannon Olsen, a second grade teacher. Shannon starts the book off by sharing examples of what children might think of when they think of a family. They might think of their parents, siblings or cousins. She explains that a family can be more than the people you’re related to. Students spend most of their day with their class, so it should feel like a home. 

 

Throughout the book, the author shares examples of things that make a class similar to a family. They show respect and kindness to one another, celebrate their unique qualities and work as a team. This book is a great way to build community in your classroom. 

OUR CLASS IS A FAMILY LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Our Class is a Family, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Our Class is a Family reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making connections 
  • identify the main idea
  • author’s purpose
  • rhyme, rhythm, or repetition
  • identifying theme, message, or moral

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • kindness
  • being respectful

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • nouns
  • pronouns
  • irregular verbs
  • homophones

OUR CLASS IS A FAMILY ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Our Class is a Family book companion
elementary students sitting on rug spots listening to a picture book being read aloud

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Our Class is a Family making words activity

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Our Class is a Family?

  • Lexile® Measure: N/A
  • Guided Reading Level: N/A
  • DRA Level: N/A
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): N/A

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Shannon Olsen. It was illustrated by Sandra Sonke.

What genre is Our Class is a Family?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 27 pages long.

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