Family Tree Middle School Project Ideas
Family Tree Projects for School and HomePerhaps a middle school student was asked to interview an older family member and do a report. They may have been assigned to write a brief biography. Whatever the case, our family tree school project pages and links can provide creative ideas for the student or teacher.
Older children and grade levels could do more for their family tree school project. They may be asked to interview an older family member to write down a story about them. Perhaps they could make a traditional family tree chart showing all the descendants of their grandparents.
Below are a few more ideas which might add some additional insight and fun into that family tree project.
The United States Census
- The United States starting taking the census in 1790 as dictated from the United States
Constitution. A census has been taken every ten years since then. There's a lot of
genealogy information available within them which is why they've become a staple in
researching your family history in United States. The United State Census Bureau has
developed lesson plans for teaching about the census in schools.
The lesson plans are geared towards ( K - Grade 4, Grade 5 - Grade 8, Grade 9 -Grade 12). The link below will take you to the main page for the US Census Lesson Plans.
United States Census Lesson Plans
Why do things in the past not cost so much?
- Have the students find the price for the following items;
(Average yearly salary, Average price of a house, Cost of a Gallon of Milk and the Cost of a Loaf of Bread).
Have them find this price for;
(Today, their own birth year, their mom or dads birth year, a grandparents birth year and a great grandparents birth year).
Have them explain why the costs have changed over time. Have the cost of milk bread and houses changed in the same preportion as the average yearly salary?
National Average Wage Index
Milk Prices Over Time
What is the United States Census and Why Was it Taken?
We know that the United States Census is very useful for genealogical reasons.
But why does the United States Constitution mandate these every ten years? When
teaching about US history and the forming of the United States, you can teach
students about what the census is all about. After they learned what it's about
and some of the questions which are on them, why not see if they can use it to
trace some of their ancestors. If some students don't have ancestors who would
be listed on them, substitute some famous United States personality such as