School Family Tree Project Lesson Plan 1 – Immediate Family
This school family tree project lesson aims to make the student aware of their immediate family and the relationships that exist within their family through the creation of a family tree. Arts and crafts are used to engage the student in a fun environment. Several worksheets are presented below which can be used in conjunction with the family tree school project lesson.
Grades 2-5 (Age 7 – 12)
Overview: (Activity = 90 minutes)
This lesson is aimed at students aged 7-11 years. It could be completed in pairs but is mostly focused on individual work. Suitable for art classes, homerooms, and after-school activities.
School Family Tree Project Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the activity, learners will:
- Be able to name all members of their immediate family
- Be able to describe their family members with detail appropriate to their age (younger learners may give names and birthdays, older learners should know names, birthdates, ages, occupations, and a story about one of their family members)
- Create a basic family tree
School Family Tree Project Materials:
- Relatively straight sticks (at least five per student)
- String or twine
- Paper for drawing small, square pictures of family members (alternatives would include photographs of each family member)
- Family information worksheet filled out for homework (Attached)
- Coloring materials
- Paper of various colors
- Clear tape
- Example family tree mobile (pre made by the Instructor)
School Family Tree Project Instructions:
Step 1 – 15-20 minutes
- Ask students to sit in a circle and bring their family worksheet. Elicit answers about basic questions from the homework (“What’s your mother’s name?” “What does your grandfather do for a job?”). The instructor can gauge who among the students completed the homework and who may need additional assistance.
Step 2 – 10 minutes
- The Instructor should show the learners the example mobile and ask them questions about it. Learners can come up with their own process for making the mobile, with the assistance of the instructor. This encourages learners to think critically and increases their independent thinking processes.
- Together with the learners, the instructor should write step by step instructions on the board on how to make the mobile. Example:
- Cut the number of squares you need for your family and the same number of strings.
- Choose your sticks.
- Draw your family members on the squares. What color eyes do they have? What color is their hair? What do they look like?
- Turn the paper over and write the information from your homework on the back.
- Young learners – Name, Age, Birthday for each
- Older learners – Name, Age, Birthdate, Occupation, Hometown, Favorite Food
- (Alternative- Learners should cut out and glue their photographs to the squares)
- Using clear tape, attach the strings to the picture squares.
- Tie the strings to the sticks, working from the top down. Ask your classmates or instructor for help if you need it. In total, you have 45 minutes to complete the work.
- Present your family tree to the class!
Step 3 – 45-60 minutes
- The instructor should circulate and help the learners as needed. It may work best to have learners in groups of 3-4 to share resources and help one another.
Step 4: 10 minutes
- At the end of the activity, if there is time, the instructor can have a few students present their mobiles. Display the mobiles if possible in the classroom. Encourage learners to clean up and provide feedback where possible.
Download Worksheet for the Family Tree School Project Lesson 1