- Grade Level:
- Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
- 45 - 60 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 36
- in the park
- National/State Standards:
- Connections, Relationships, and Applications
OverviewDepicting relationships between individuals in a work of art.
Objective(s)Students will be able to depict relationships between individuals in a work of art.
MaterialsMaterials needed for this plan include paper, pencil, color pencil, or marker.
The instructor will begin by taking the group of students to the Wright brother's photo album room in the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park. The instructor will ask the group to identify the Wright brothers, and then to decipher the relationships between the people in the other photographs. The instructor can discuss the important role that family played in the Wright brother's personal and public lives, and ask the group if they have personal relationships that have deep meaning to them.
The group will also visit the album room for Paul Lawrence Dunbar. A similar discussion will take place here.
After these discussions, the group will return to an activity room. The instructor will show the group a few examples of family trees that show the relationship between the people represented. The group can also work through the process of creating a family tree from scratch.
Once the group has a good understanding of the process, the students will be asked to create a family tree showing their immediate families, and any uncles aunts or grandparents they are familiar with. Students can also be asked to reflect on the role that the people on their family trees play in their lives, and to try to develop symbolic means of showing the importance of the individuals in their family trees.
AssessmentThe 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.
|Category||Possible Points||Points Earned|
|Time on Task||20|
|Following Assignment Guidelines||20|
|Use of Materials||20|
The group could experiment with the game "Seven Degrees of Separation."
ExtensionsA 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 ResourcesClimbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline Geneology for Kids, by Ira Wolfman
Last updated: February 19, 2016