Imagine Your Story: All About You! June 1

hls summer reading week 1 all about you

Welcome to the Hampton Lutheran School summer reading program! Each week we’ll talk about a different type of story through books, writing, and crafts and activities.

The first type type of story we are going to play with is one closest to ourselves. We are going to talk about our families and our own lives. I have found several picture books that we will read this week that the author is writing about their own family. This type of story is called a personal narrative.

Story Time!

The Baby Sister by Tomie dePaola

Be sure to watch for all of the old pictures at the beginning of the story.

Craft Time!

This week we are going to be working our family trees. You can talk to your parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts. They will be able to help you find the information that you need.

I have been working on my family tree with my parents for many years now. I loved to sit with my grandparents and listen to the stories they told me. I have even written some of those stories down, so I would not forget them.

Here are three different types of family trees that you can have your parents help you download and print:

Family Tree Chart Just for Kids
Five-Generation Ancestor Chart
Family Group Sheet

There are all sorts of ways that we can display our family tree. Here are several ways that you can see my family tree in my house. 

For our craft this week, you will create your own family tree. Once you have finished your family tree, please post it as a comment, have your parents send it to Mrs. Montoya, or post it on social media with the hashtag #HLSSummerReading, and I will post it here on the blog. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Here are a couple of sample ideas for you to think about. Think of the best ways to display the information you have. Do you want it to be a 3D tree like my photo tree? Will you make a scrapbook of your information? How about a painting? Every one of our trees will look different.

Writing Time!

This week we are writing a personal narrative. This means it will be a true story of something that actually happened in our lives. I want you to work on writing your personal narrative this week.

I have found a series of videos we can use to help us write our personal narratives this week. I will post one or two of these videos for you to watch each day. By Friday we should all have a personal narrative story finished and published and ready to share with the world! It would be great if we could share our stories with each other. Ella and I will be reading our stories for you on Friday.

This is the first video. It is about getting our idea for our personal narrative.

Here is the second video. This will help us to plan out our story.

Come back tomorrow for a new blog post about personal narratives!

Share your photos of your family tree in the comments or on social media using the hashtag #HLSSummerReading!

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