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Creating a Family Tree in PowerPoint


How do you teach PowerPoint to your students? What kinds of templates have you used to create a family tree?


There are a lot of skills that are important for kids to learn, and at the same time, they can learn about their own family and culture. Genealogy projects are a great opportunity to teach advanced research and tech skills in PowerPoint. A well structured project can be broken up into three parts: 1. Researching Last Name Origin, 2. Gathering Information About Your Family, and 3. Organizing And Presenting in PowerPoint.

  1. Researching Last Name Origin

A good place to start is by researching the origin of their last name. There are many places where the students can begin, for one: Google. Another great resource is Ancestry.com. They provide free access to schools. Encourage students to ask their parents about the history of their family and name, and have that be where the Powerpoint begins.

Powerpoint can be a daunting experience for students, but it is a great way to gather and present information. Students will need to have some basic Powerpoint skills like opening the presentation, choosing themes, adding text, pictures, and media. Making a family tree using charts in Powerpoint is relatively advanced, and having these skills prepares student for future presentations.
How do you teach PowerPoint to your students? What kinds of templates have you used to create a family tree?


Things to include in the powerpoint

  • Opening
  • Saving
  • Choosing a theme (changing a theme)
  • Adding text and pictures
  • Adding transitions and animations
  • Adding media (embedding media)
  • Adding links
  • Adding a SmartArt Hierarchy Chart
How do you teach PowerPoint to your students? What kinds of templates have you used to create a family tree?

2. Gathering Information About Family - Making a SmartArt Hierarchy Chart in Powerpoint!

You could easily spend a lot of time playing around with these charts. Encourage your students to explore different ways to make a chart. They could also draw lines to different family members. They can add an image of a tree in the background.

An easy way to present a family tree is by using a SmartArt Graphic. A Hierarchy chart is a good choice to begin, however, there are also Family Tree Templates available for powerpoint. https://templates.office.com/en-US/Family-tree-chart-vertical%2C-green%2C-red%2C-widescreen-TM00001053

Information to gather:
  • Names and ages of family members 2 or 3 generations back
  • Jobs of family
  • Location of family
  • Siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents
Presenting Genealogy Presentation

After teaching these concepts, researching, and organizing in PowerPoint, the students will finally be ready to present their presentation!


I hope that you found these idea and tools useful. How do you teach PowerPoint to your students? What kinds of templates have you used to create a family tree? 

How do you teach PowerPoint to your students? What kinds of templates have you used to create a family tree?

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