A 60 minute lesson in which students will compare daily family life from the past with the present.
Students watch and listen to the Back in Time for Dinner – 1950s video on YouTube. Begin the clip at 24:02 and stop the clip at 27:07 (teachers may wish to continue watching; however, this section of the clip provides an adequate snap shot of family life in the 1950s). After watching, ask the students:
What were some of the every day activities the family did when they got home from school?
Where there any activities from the video that are a part of your family life?
Ask the students to share aspects of their daily family lives with the class and record their responses on the board.
Encourage the students to reflect back on the video. Ask the students:
How is family life in the 1950s the same as family life today?
How is family life in the 1950s different from family life today?
Provide each student with a copy of the template used in the whole class activity. Ask the students to chose one element of family life e.g. leisure time. Allow the students to use the Venn diagram to compare how this element of family life was experienced in the 1950s with how it is experienced in the present day.
When the students have finished their Venn diagrams, encourage volunteers to share their ideas with the class.
Encourage more capable students to assist others and share their ideas during group work and class discussions.
Encourage less confident students to participate in group work and class discussions at a level at which they feel comfortable.