Family Trees

I’m a little late to post this, but better late than never, right?!  We’re getting ready to take down our bulletin boards in the hallway so I had to snap a pic before I forgot!  One of our first units of study in Social Studies was an “in-depth” look at families.  We did some really neat activities, but one of my favorites was this darling family tree!  I LOVE!  We read the book, Who’s Who In My Family?, by Loreen Leedy.  It’s a great little book that does an awesome job of explaining the concept of genealogy & family trees. 


After reading the book, the kids completed their own family trees using their handprints as the leaves.  They used little apple templates to write the names of their family members, cut them out, and glued them to the leaves.  Great way to take a hands-on approach to family relationships!



  1. I love your family trees! They are adorable.. Would you mind sharing any other ideas you had for family? Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas/materials. :)

  2. Thank you so much for mentioning Who's Who in My Family?

    I saw a wonderful idea in a school where each classroom had a branch in the "School Family Tree, with photos of all of the students.

  3. How do you handle kids who are adopted when you do your family trees? Do you just tell them to use their adopted family, not their birth family? I have always stayed away from family trees for this reason, but these are so cute!

  4. I would definitely do adopted family in first grade!!