Michele Linn
Fiesta 2
Creating a family tree can be a great opportunity for younger children to learn more about "where they come from." Many subject areas can benefit from a family tree lesson plan. These areas include history, geography, literature, english, etc.Creating virtual family trees can not only benefit the aforementioned subjects but the students can touch base with technology in the classroom.
Teachers and librarians can find pre-made diagrams for basic family trees, and extended family trees as well. For a basic template that extends to great-grandparents, click here. For a virtual family tree, younger students can snap photos, with a digital or disposable camera, of family members and use them along with crayons, markers, and colored construction paper to create their trees. Students might also write a story about their family to go with their tree. Older students can create a digital family and post their tree on a web site such as geocities. Computer lab time will be needed. Older students can create a geography assignment as well by journeying through cyberspace to map out what places their ancestors came from. Photos are an unique way to create a family tree. I remember when I was in school we filled in our trees with names only. Photos can bring the tree alive. With technology and cyberspace, many opportunities arise. E-journaling, blogs, webpages, e-scrapbooks, and e-diaries are just a few virtual paths that a family tree lesson plan can follow. Additionally, librarians could create a family tree promotion with endless possibilities.

Some helpful geneaology websites:

The photos from my project can be utilized by teachers or librarians as an example Family Tree as explained below.
Go to the link titled, Family Tree, to view an example of a family tree. This is just a very small sample using a few photos that a teacher or librarian could use to begin a unit or lesson plan with. In other words, the teacher can provide an example of a premade family tree for students to view. This can lead to a brainstorming session among students on how to create a family tree. Additonal lesson plans can domino off the family tree such as geography lessons, poetry, and composition. Maps could be created on where families originated. By looking at an ancestor's photo, a student can author a story or poem. What do you think the ancestor was like? What do you think they did for hobbies, work, etc? There are endless possibilities!
Note: I have incorporated one of the photos that I took to show how a teacher/librarian could use these photos to begin a lesson on family trees, geneaology, etc, plus additional photos were used.