Genealogy Teacher Resources
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My Arkansas Family Tree
Here is a two-part lesson plan that introduces learners to genealogy by having them create family trees, and map the movements of their ancestors. While this resource is designed for kids who live in Arkansas, it certainly can be adapted for kids who live in other states.
1st - 4th English Language Arts
Unexpected Family History
The history of the northern states' involvement in the slave trade is not widely known. This resource uses the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and the nonfiction book, Children of the New England Slave Trade, to examine this aspect of slavery in the US.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Genealogy Lesson Plan
Students determine whether their ancestors fought in the American Civil War. In this genealogy lesson, students interview family members and conduct Internet research to learn about their family histories. Students create scrapbooks that feature the histories.
6th - 9th Social Studies & History
Personalize history through genealogy. Get your scholars examining their family's past by utilizing resources at your local genealogical society. Learners complete family pedigree charts and choose to do one of the following: research immigration in their past, record a family member telling stories about older generations, or record stories from a specific time period.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Cultural Discovery and Identity Project Generation Journey
Young scholars create a genealogy book tracing their heritage many generations back. They examine their own ethnicity, attitudes, and self-awareness. They examine new American trends regarding family structure and ethnicity.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Genealogy through Technology
Students research their family history. In this genealogy lesson, students research their own family. Students use storyboarding to organize their information. After gathering information students create a Powerpoint presentation to present on parent night.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
Reading Questions: Alex Haley's "My Furthest Back Person: The African"
Based on Alex Haley's moving essay "My Furthest Back Person: The African," these 11 questions support comprehension and prepare readers for discussion of the text. Use this tool, and the essay, as a nonfiction addition to units on slavery, African-American studies, autobiography, or family trees.
8th - 12th English Language Arts
Back to the Farm
Young scholars complete a family tree. In this farming and ranching instructional activity, students define the term genealogy, learn how to create a family tree, and fill in a family tree with the help of their parents making sure to note if any of their relatives work in agriculture.
3rd - 5th Science
Students discover their family history. In this genealogy lesson, students participate in a discussion about family history and why it is important. Students create a family tree and present the family tree to the class. Students write a reflection about what they learned from this activity.
2nd - 8th Social Studies & History
Where Did Our Families Come From?
Young historians focus on their own family histories in this lesson on genealogy. The class discusses where their families came from, what kinds of people have settled in Colorado, and how many generations of their family have lived in the state.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
Genealogy: Coming to America
Students discuss how Ida McKinley's parents immigrated to the United States from Europe. Individually, they use the internet to research the history of their own family. To end the lesson, they share their family's history with the class.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Where Were Your Ancestors in 1871?
Here is a nicely designed lesson on ancestry and family history. In it, learners read an article entitled, "Where Were Your Ancestors in 1871?" Then, they make up a series of questions to profile their family and their community 100 years ago.
5th - 8th English Language Arts