In the public school system today, family history is often
become part of the curriculum. Teachers are seeking help in preparing lesson
plans for their teenage and elementary school students to fulfill history and
Ideas for Teachers
people these days are part of or come from non-linear families. We suggest you
allow your students to draw a free-form family tree that has extra branches for
step-relations. Our thanks to Suzanne Brayer, Laverne Aitchison and DeAnne
Shelley for these ideas.
- For Elementary Students
- For High School Students
- For Adults
a three-generation family tree. Include just the names of the student, his
parents, and grandparents. Ask the student to write a short paragraph about each
person. For example,
grandmother, Josephine Sampson, is 65 years old. She is tall and thin. She has
blue eyes and has white hair that used to be red. She is a beautician. Her
ancestors came from Holland. She likes to play cards and belongs to a bowling
league. She married Benjamin Harrison and they had five children.
an item to class for show-and-tell. Perhaps a tool an ancestor would use in his
trade, an old kitchen gadget.
High School Students
a four-generation family tree, or as many generations as they can gather.
parents, grandparents, etc.
a report on one or more ancestors. Include:
paragraph describing a family tradition
favorite family recipe
or copies of photographs, identified as to name, date and location
some research on one aspect of their history, and write a report, for example:
a hand-drawn map of an ancestor's homeland (town, village and country)
the favorite recipe and bring it to the class to share.
an heirloom to class for show-and-tell.
ten-hour class includes:
of Genealogical Research
used in genealogy
a Preliminary Search
That Help You Find Original Sources
Books and Periodicals
and Tax Records
Me! Contact Janna to set up a class for your students.