Learning About Families in First Grade: Free Printables

Inside: Assorted printables for a Kindergarten and First Grade Family Unit.

Yesterday I told my students we were going to begin our Family Unit and one little girl said to me, "But why? We already know all about our families."

I almost fell over laughing and really, I didn't even have a good answer.

But it's in the curriculum, people! So we will learn about families.

A Family Tree Book

We began our unit by reading the book "Me and My Family Tree" by Joan Sweeney (affiliate links are included in this post).

Kindergarten and Grade 1. Several free printables such as needs and wants, family labels, and family tree.
Kindergarten and Grade 1. Several free printables such as needs and wants, family labels, and family tree.

This was a good way to get the kids thinking about their various family members and how they're related to one another.

When we made our own family trees we kept it very simple with siblings and parents. We discussed grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles but didn't include them in our trees. But you could, of course!

This is what we came up with:

Kindergarten and Grade 1. Several free printables such as needs and wants, family labels, and family tree.


These are the printables we used. You can download them below.

Kindergarten and Grade 1. Several free printables such as needs and wants, family labels, and family tree.

Kindergarten and Grade 1. Several free printables such as needs and wants, family labels, and family tree.

Family Labels

Also, I was inspired by First Grade Blue Skies to make a labelling sheet. Be sure to visit Jennifer's blog -- it's amazing!

Kindergarten and Grade 1. Several free printables such as needs and wants, family labels, and family tree.


Needs and Wants

We also discussed the various needs and wants of families. Right away we noticed similarities and differences but we were able to pair it down to the very common basics. And of course love topped the list for both needs and wants.

We worked on this activity together. I created a needs/wants chart and the kids followed along using the sheet below. You can download it below.

Kindergarten and Grade 1. Several free printables such as needs and wants, family labels, and family tree.

Family Venn Diagram

Every family is unique and special. I think it's reassuring for young children to highlight the similarities and differences between our families.

This is a wonderful way to honour and respect single parent families, adopted families, foster families, and families with two dads or two moms.

When we created our venn diagrams, we actually compared our families to Splat the Cat's. We've been reading all the Splat books lately, so it seemed like a fun, light-hearted, and non-threatening approach.

But it would also make complete sense to have kids buddy up and compare their families with each other.

You can download the printable below.

Kindergarten and Grade 1. Several free printables such as needs and wants, family labels, and family tree.


More Family Books

As much as I like the book "Me and My Family Tree", which I introduced at the beginning of this post, I'm careful to include a variety of family books in my unit.

I want my kids to see themselves in the books I read to them so I like to use books that show a lot of diversity in terms of family size, make-up, race, economic status, culture, etc.

Here's a collection of books that might fit that bill for you:



Learning about families in Kindergarten and Grade 1. Several free printables such as needs and wants, family labels, and family tree.


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8 comments

  1. Thanks for the shout out!! Oh, and the labeling activity, too...it's awesome!! =)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  2. No problem. You've got some great stuff and I always enjoy checking out your blog:)

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  3. I love both these activities! I've already done my family unit but these are so cute I want to do a review! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I love the family labeling- just right for this week in our reading program. I should check out the book too. Thanks for the ideas! Your new blog design looks great. I love the colors.
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

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  5. Just thought I'd share... the rest of my grade level loved it!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  6. I love these activities!!! I sent your family tree home as a home project. We are doing your Venn on Monday.
    As a fellow British Columbian, it is really hard to find stuff to go with our families PLO. I cannot even find one unit on TPT. YOu should develop this unit a bit more (make some pocket chart words) and sell it all!! you'd be the only one on TPT with a Kindergarten unit on Families! Everything on there is amongst an "All About Me" unit, which doesn't help me.

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  7. Thanks, Erica! I love your vote of confidence :) Take care "fellow British Columbian"!!

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