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Genealogical Tree

My family fantastic history

At the end of this mission we will be able: to talk about our family, its history and the relationship among the different members.  

We will work the writing and speaking skills.

Let's try yo imagine a new history of our family: its pasts, its main facts. We can create a text (or a comic) with a possible history of your family past situated in a different place, in a different time. What could you invent? Maybe you could ask your parents, grands, brothers and sisters... They could give you some ideas.

A special tree

Let's work with our families real histories. Along this mission we should investigate about the history of our family. We are going to create our Family tree.

Family tree
Sandy Brown Jensen. Family tree with the Obamas... (CC BY-SA)

Our final mission will be to create a post in which we will present our Family tree with the tool or with some photos if we decided to draw it in a piece of card. The 'Rubric to asses a Family tree' will help us know how to do a great job.

Steps for our mission

Previous investigation

Let's talk with our parents and grandparents, also uncles and cousins. Ask for them to give you information about another relatives in order to create our family as bigger as we can. One good point will be to bring any of your relatives to your class. Maybe your parents can help you with this task. 

Creating the tree

There are two options to show the final product:

  • Big piece of cardboard, try to be creative, original. It will be a product we will have for the future.
  • If we prefer, there are some tools that can help us to create this final produc: 'Family Tree: MyHeritage'

If we choose the last option the Tutorial my Heritage could help us to work properly with the tool.

Spread

We can include the poster into our blog. 

Don't forget to identify the post with the tag "The History of my family".

If we want, our teacher can spread your post using the Twitter account of the classroom. For that we have to write down the tweet for the teacher. Remember: 

  • We can use 140 characters.
  • Include the link to our post. 
  • Use the hashtag of the project: #projectfamily.

The 'Rubric to assess a tweet' will help us know how to do a great job. 

Before posting your text, ask your colleagues to check your work and make suggestions, corrections... You must do the same work with some of your mates' outcomes, too. Don't be afraid. Making mistakes is a good way to learn!

With this task we have learnt lots of new things about your family and its history.

Learning Diary

It's time to continue with our Learning Diary. Remember it helps us reflect on what we are learning and most important: what the best way for learning is. 

Let's go back to the document we opened in the previous mission as a Learning Diary. Below our previous writing you will create a new section entitled: 'Genealogical tree'. We will reflect about our learning using the following questions:

  • What are the most difficult aspects?
  • What tool was the most difficult for me to work with?
  • What do I think is the most important aspect you have learned?
  • Are there any aspects I did not understand?

Remember it would be great if we shared these feelings and thoughts with our classmates. We will have 10 or 15 minutes to complete this part.