Family Tree Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students how to make a family tree. A text lesson explains the concept and a guided example gives students the tools they need to make their own family tree.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the components of a family tree
  • create a family tree with guidance and independently


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson How to Make a Family Tree, one for each student
  • Personal information needed from each student to complete a family tree
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Poster boards
  • Markers
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Key Vocabulary

  • Genealogy
  • Pedigree
  • Sibship line
  • Relationship line
  • Lines of descent

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

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