Spanish Level 1, Activity 07: El árbol familiar / The Family Tree (Online)

Spanish Level 1, Activity 07: El árbol familiar / The Family Tree (Online)

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Activity Instructions

Activity Title (in your target language)

“El árbol familiar”


In this activity, students will be able to identify different parts of family trees by using famous families and their own.

Proficiency Level:

Novice Mid


Spanish, Novice, Family Trees, World Languages

World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 - Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. 
  • Standard 1.2 - Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 - Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics. 
  • Standard 4.2 - Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons between Hispanic cultures and their own. 

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions. 
  • COMM 1.2 - Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can ask and answer questions about the members of my family and ask about someone else's family
  • I can describe the characteristics of someone
  • In my own and other cultures, I can identify who people consider to be part of their family (Intercultural) 

Materials Needed:

Google Slideshow


  • Students are shown a family tree of famous people. You will assign a student to be ONE member of the family. Have each student name another member of the family.

Main Activity

Review some vocabulary words with the students first.
For the main activity, place the students in a breakout room. Have the students interview their partner and create a family tree based on the given information using the FamilyEcho website. Tell them to share their screen when they are interviewing, so their partner can see if they are writing it on the right spot. Once they have completed them, they will share their screens with the rest of the group so they can present their partners' families

Optional Activity

Jeopardy Activity

Students can take turns choosing categories and points. The first person to type “yo” in the chatbox after you have read the question gets the first chance to answer the question aloud. If the first person is incorrect, the second person who typed “yo” in the chatbox gets a chance to answer. 

  • Vamos a jugar Jeopardy. Ustedes necesitan elegir una categoría y un número de puntos. Entonces, yo voy a leer la pregunta o frase. La primera persona que escribe “yo” en su chatbox tiene la oportunidad a responder a la pregunta. Si esta person no está correcta, la segunda persona que escribió “yo” tiene una oportunidad a responder. La persona correcta recibe los puntos. 

End of lab:

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with cards 
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can ask and answer questions about the members of my family and ask about someone else's family
  • I can describe the characteristics of someone
  • In my own and other cultures, I can identify who people consider to be part of their family (Intercultural)