Lesson Plan

Family Tree

A portion of the handwritten family tree of the Wright family

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
45 - 60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
in the park
National/State Standards:
Connections, Relationships, and Applications


Depicting relationships between individuals in a work of art.


Students will be able to depict relationships between individuals in a work of art.

Visual Art Standard: Connections, Relationships, and Applications
Benchmark: Apply and combine visual art, research and technology skills to communicate ideas in visual form. 


Materials needed for this plan include paper, pencil, color pencil, or marker.



The success of this project can be ascertained through the quality of the artwork (authentic assessment). The instructor can also ask a series of questions regarding the objectives of the lesson to determine how well students have comprehended the material.

Alternatively, the rubric below can be used to rate each child's performance during the working period. 

Art Rubric  
Category Possible Points  Points Earned 
Craftsmanship  20   
Time on Task  20   
Following Assignment Guidelines  20   
Use of Materials  20   
Clean Up  20   

Park Connections

 The group could experiment with the game "Seven Degrees of Separation."


A blank family tree can be drawn out, so that students only need fill in the appropriate spaces. Students who are unwilling to share their true family trees might be allowed to create an imaginary one. If students are making up a family tree, then magazine pictures might be used to replace student drawings.

Additional Resources

Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline Geneology for Kids, by Ira Wolfman

Me and My Family Tree, by Joan Sweeney 

Last updated: February 19, 2016