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Heritage Project

Welcome to our fifth grade heritage project. This is a chance for you to research your family history and learn more about your heritage. Through research, literature, and interviews you will discover a clearer picture of who you are.

Below you will find information about how to complete your project, along with due dates for when each item is due in class. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your teacher before the day it is due.

We hope that this project will be enjoyable for you and your family, and that you will learn about your own unique heritage and what it was like for your family to come to this great country.

3 ITEMS DUE WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19my.yahoo.com

  • ADDRESSES FOR INFORMATION LETTERS
    • Bring to class two mail or email addresses of people you will write to about your heritage.
    • In class, we will begin the research of your family history by writing a letter to at least two different grandparents, older relatives, or older family friends. You choose which relatives or older friends will enjoy hearing from you and sharing their story.
    • You are required to write a minimum of two letters, though more may provide extra data and information. Great-grandparents or great-aunts or uncles are perfect choices for additional letters. Follow the format for letter writing as described in class.
    • In your letters, ask relatives for copies of pictures or other materials that may be helpful for other parts of your Heritage Project.
  • TWO SETS OF PARENT INTERVIEW NOTES
    • Using the attached set of questions you will interview each of your parents in order to learn more about your heritage. You may ask additional questions besides those that are on the sheet.
    • Take time and enjoy the interview - you are learning about your family and your heritage.
    • Take notes on lined paper or a note pad. You may record the interview and write it out afterward if you like.
    • Take careful notes, and number each response so that it corresponds with the questions.
    • Bring your notes to class on this due date.
  • BLANK SCRAPBOOK
    • Your scrapbook can be made of materials from home, or can be a purchased binder or scrapbook, with at least 12 single-sided pages (or 6 double-sided). The format should be at least 8 1/2” x 11” in size.
    • As you create your scrapbook, you will need to follow the scrapbook guidelines (see attached).

2 ITEMS DUE TUESDAY, SEPT. 25

  • THREE to FIVE IMMEDIATE FAMILY SCRAPBOOK PAGES
    • You will display information about your grandparents, parents, siblings, and yourself on these pages.
    • Include photos, captions, journal entries, or memory stories on these pages.
  • MINIMUM OF TWO INFORMATION REQUEST LETTERS SENT
    • You will write your letters in class, but you will need to make sure you have sent them by this due date

2 ITEMS DUE TUESDAY, OCT. 9

  • FAMILY CREST
    • You will receive directions for your family crest in class, and will bring a completed crest to school by this due date. ?
  • FAMILY TREE SCRAPBOOK PAGE
    • Using the attached Family Tree worksheet page, you will create a family tree page for your scrapbook.
    • You may copy the information from your worksheet onto a family tree scrapbook page from class, or you may create your own family tree scrapbook page altogether.
    • Your family tree must include yourself, your parents, and your grandparents.
    • It is optional, but if you choose to, you may also include your stepparents, aunts, uncles, great-grandparents, or other relatives.
    • Your Family Tree scrapbook page MUST be decorated.

3 ITEMS DUE TUESDAY, OCT. 23

  • THREE COMPLETED IDEA SCRAPBOOK PAGES
    • You will need to include a minimum of six idea pages in your scrapbook. Three of them are due by this date. o Use the attached list to decide what types of pages you will place in your scrapbook.
    • Remember, each item in the scrapbook needs to be labeled and an explanation of the item’s importance should be written neatly next to the item.
    • Be creative!

BRING YOUR SCRAPBOOK, PHOTOS, PAPER, PENS, ETC. TO CLASS FOR A SCRAPBOOK WORKSHOP ON FRIDAY, OCT. 26

2 ITEMS DUE TUESDAY, NOV. 6

  • TWO COMPLETED ARRIVING IN AMERICA SCRAPBOOK PAGES
    • You will need to decorate at least two pages in your scrapbook that tell how your family arrived in America. If you don’t know this story, you will need to do your best to tell about the countries your family came from. You will need to include:
      • A written account or story of your family coming to America, or a historical story about your family.
      • A world map (provided in class) showing the route your family took to America, or the countries your family came from.
      • Pictures of these family members if available, or of related places.

4 ITEMS DUE TUESDAY, NOV. 20

  • THREE ADDITIONAL COMPLETED IDEA SCRAPBOOK PAGES
    • You will need to include a minimum of six idea pages in your scrapbook. Three MORE of them are due by this date.
    • Use the attached list to decide what types of pages you will place in your scrapbook.
    • Remember, each item in the scrapbook needs to be labeled and an explanation of the item’s importance should be written neatly next to the item.
    • Be creative!
  • LIST OF SUITCASE ITEMS
  • You will be packing a real suitcase for our museum. It should be full of items that represent you and your family’s history.
  • You will need to bring a list to school showing at least six items you plan to bring on the final day of the project. DO NOT BRING THESE ITEMS TO CLASS ON THIS DAY--ONLY BRING A LIST.
  • The following are suggestions, but you may also use your own ideas:
    • Travel brochures of your country or countries of origin
    • A toy model or drawing of the form of transportation your ancestors may have used to travel to the United States during immigration times
    • Toys or dolls from ancestors
    • An art or craft sample from your family’s original region/country
    • A book from your family’s country/region of origin
    • A book about your country or countries of origin
    • Clothes or costumes from your place of origin
    • Interesting family keepsakes to share in a “museum” setting

BRING YOUR SCRAPBOOK, PHOTOS, PAPER, PENS, ETC. TO CLASS FOR A SCRAPBOOK WORKSHOP ON TUESDAY, NOV. 20 (This will be your final in class opportunity to finish up pages, work on your cover or title page, add other idea pages, etc.)

ALL FINAL ITEMS DUE IN CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28 ?

  • FINAL SCRAPBOOK
    • Your final scrapbook will need to have all of your pages placed in it neatly, with a complete cover or title page.
    • Your cover or title page must have your family name on it, and be decorated in a way appropriate to your heritage.
  • MUSEUM SUITCASE
    • You may get creative with your suitcase. It will need to carry all of your items, but may be an actual suitcase, a duffel bag, or basket, etc. o Your suitcase should be full of items that represent you and your family’s history.
    • You must have a minimum of six items in your suitcase. This does not include your scrapbook, or items in your scrapbook.
  • ORAL PRESENTATION
    • You will be presenting your heritage project in class. You will need to know about all of the items in your scrapbook and your suitcase.
    • You will choose three scrapbook pages and three items from your suitcase to present to the class.
    • For your oral, you may use note cards or paper notes, or you may memorize your presentation.
    • PRACTICE YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION BEFORE YOU COME TO CLASS ON WEDNESDAY.

HERITAGE MUSEUM WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 6:00PM-7:00PM

This is a chance for you and your family to see each student’s project, get to know the other fifth grade families, and learn a bit about everyone's heritage.

6:00pm-6:30pm Visit your individual classroom with your family. 6:30pm-7:00pm Visit other classrooms with your family.

Heritage Project Scrapbook Guidelines

You will design your scrapbook so others may read about your heritage. The information you acquire from your interviews, letter requests, and research will be in your scrapbook. Therefore, your scrapbook will include quite a bit of writing.

You will need to explain the items in your scrapbook so that others will understand how they are important to your heritage. Design your scrapbook so that it looks like a family heirloom full of family artifacts. See the guidelines that follow. Be creative and have fun

  • You may include original or copies of photos, illustrations, magazine and newspaper images or articles, hand-written pieces, letters, pressed flowers, material swatches, etc. Anything that is flat is acceptable.
  • Each photo of a place needs to be labeled and have a written explanation of its location and how it is significant to your heritage.
  • Each item in the scrapbook needs to be labeled and an explanation of the item’s importance should be written neatly next to the item.
  • You may type or write in pen. Please use your best writing.
  • The scrapbook must include 12 single-sided pages (6 double-sided). However, you may include extra pages if you like.

IDEA LIST (minimum of six pages in your scrapbook)

  • Photos of people: you, your family, parents when they were young, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.
  • Photos of places: old homesteads, farms, cities, countries, businesses, or festivals
  • Photos or drawings of things: special family heirlooms (like furniture pieces, paintings, or transportation)
  • Maps of countries, cities, or towns in which your ancestors lived • Recipes and photos or drawings of heritage foods (include the recipe you are bringing to the heritage museum)
  • Pictures or drawings of traditional clothing or costumes
  • Descriptions of special ceremonies or festivals from your heritage • Old letters to or from family members
  • Written stories of how your family came to the USA
  • Written memories you have about a special family member
  • Items handmade by a grandparent (napkins, doilies, handkerchiefs)
  • Dried flowers or plants that are meaningful to your heritage
  • Pieces of ribbon, lace, or paper that are special in some way
  • Newspaper or magazine articles about your family or country of origin
  • Your own idea…be creative – if it has to do with your heritage, it’s acceptable!

(The Heritage Project is about people so please avoid focusing on pets.)

Family Tree Worksheet

Use this worksheet to write down the names of the people you are planning to place on your family tree. Try to fill in as much information as possible. You may add dates of birth if you want, but it is not required. Your teacher will have Family Tree pages for your use in class, however you may also create your own design. Your Family Tree will need to be on a separate decorated page in your scrapbook. Do not use this worksheet as your Family Tree scrapbook page. It is only a graphic planner.

Your First Name Your Last Name
Your Mother’s First Name Your Mother’s Maiden Name
Your Father’s First Name Your Father’s Last Name
Your Grandfather’s First Name (father’s side) Your Grandfather’s Last Name
Your Grandmother’s First Name (father’s side) Your Grandmother’s Maiden Name
Your Grandfather’s First Name (mother’s side) Your Grandfather’s Last Name
Your Grandmother’s First Name (mother’s side) Your Grandmother’s Maiden Name

You will probably need help from your parents to complete this activity.

If you want to include siblings, Great, great grandparents, step-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or other relatives, write their names on the other side of this paper.

Parent Interview Questions

Here are a series of questions that you can use when interviewing a family member. You don’t need to ask all of the questions. Choose the ones to which you don’t already know the answer.

Basic Questions

  1. What is your full name and why were you named this?
  2. What are the names of your parents and siblings?
  3. What is the date and place of your birth?
  4. What was your schooling like? (That is, how did you get to school, what classes did you take, and what was your favorite subject?)

Family History Questions

  1. Do you remember hearing your grandparents describe their lives? What did they say?
  2. Do you remember your great-grandparents? What do you know about them?
  3. Who is the oldest person you can remember in your family from when you were a child? What do you remember about that person?

Lifetime Changes

  1. What would you consider to be the most important inventions during your lifetime?
  2. How is the world different now from when you were a child?

Family Life

  1. Do you remember anything that your children did when they were small that really amazed you?
  2. What is one of the most unusual things that one of your children did regularly when he or she was small?
  3. What is the funniest thing that you can remember that one of your children said or did?
  4. Where have you lived as an adult? List the places and years that you lived there.
  5. Why are you living where you are today?
  6. Do you wish you lived somewhere else? If so, where?

Career

  1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  2. What was your first job?
  3. What kinds of jobs have you had?
  4. How did you decide on your career?

Travel/Vacation

  1. What is the most beautiful place you have ever visited and what was it like?
  2. What is the longest trip you have ever gone on? Where did you go?
  3. What was your favorite vacation? Where did you go and why was it special?
  4. What is the favorite place you ever visited and what was it like?

Personal

  1. What person had the most positive influence on your life? What did he or she do to influence you?
  2. Is there a person that really changed the course of your life by something that he or she did? How did it happen?
  3. Do you remember someone saying something to you that had a big impact on how you lived your life? Who said it, and what did that person say?