German Level 1, Activity #12: Familienstammbaum / Family Trees (Face to Face)

Family Standing on the Beach
Description: Students practice using their family-related vocabulary to build each other’s family trees.
Semantic Topics: Family, Familie, Relatives, Verwandte, Family Tree, Stammbaum, formal, formell, informal, informell.

Products: Family, Familie, Parents, Eltern, Siblings, Geschwister, Uncle & Aunt, Onkel & Tante, Cousins, Cousinen, Children, Kindern.

Practices: Practice how family members are addressed. Üben Sie, wie Familienmitglieder angesprochen werden.  Importance of family, Bedeutung der Familie.  Finding your place in your family, Finde deinen Platz in deiner Familie. Learning the interconnectedness of family members. Die Vernetzung von Familienmitgliedern lernen.

Perspectives: German speaking countries show respect for their elders by using specific terms for addressing different members of their family and members of different generations.  Die deutschsprachigen Länder zeigen Respekt vor den Älteren, indem sie spezifische Begriffe verwenden, um unterschiedliche Familienmitglieder und Mitglieder verschiedener Generationen anzusprechen.

NCSSFL-ACTFL 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 written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • Objective: COMM 1: Interact with others in the target language and gain meaning from the interaction.
  • Objective: COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about the members of my family and ask about someone’s family.
  • I can say what someone is like.
  • I can answer questions about who is in my family.


  1. Click on this link to access the Family Member Game. Click the icon beneath the Flashcards, third from the left which shows a tic-tac-toe board.
  • Gehen Sie zu dieser Website: Clicken sie auf das Symbol unter den Karteikarten, dritte von links dass ein Tic-Tac-Toe Brett zeigt. 

2. Ask students to pair the vocabulary with the correct vocabulary word in German to make a Tic-Tac Toe.

  • Bitten Sie die Schüler, den Wortschatz mit dem richtigen Vokabelwort auf Deutsch zu kombinieren, um einen Tic-Tac-Toe zu erstellen.

Main Activity

1. Explain to students that they will be working to build a family tree.

  • Erklären Sie den Schülern, dass sie daran arbeiten werden, einen Stammbaum zu erstellen.

2. They are not building their OWN family tree, but rather the family tree of their partner.

  • Sie bauen nicht ihren EIGENEN Stammbaum auf, sondern den Stammbaum der Person, mit der sie zusammenarbeiten.

3. Put students into partners and encourage them to ask questions to get information about their partner’s family in order to build the family tree.

  • Teilen Sie die Studenten in Partner und ermutigen Sie sie, Fragen zu stellen, um Informationen über die Familie ihres Partners zu erhalten, um den Stammbaum zu bauen.

For example:

  • Wie viele Geschwister hast du?
  • Wie viele Kinder hat deine Oma und Opa? 
  • Wie viele Onkeln/Tanten hast du?
  • Hast du Cousinen? 

 4. Open the Jamboard and create a copy by clicking on the three dots in the top right corner and selecting make a copy from the drop down menu. Share the link with students through the blue share button at the top right. Students will use their own board to create the tree, either with pictures, writing, or sticky notes.

  • Sie gehen zum Jamboard und kopieren Sie die Slideshow (klicken sie oben auf der rechten Seite auf die 3 Dots un wählen sie “eine Kopie machen”. Teilen Sie die Link mit den Studenten durch der blaue “Share” Schalter. Die Studenten verwenden ihr eigenes Board, um den Baum zu erstellen, entweder mit Bildern, Schrift oder Haftnotizen.

5. Students will come back to the main group and share something about their partner’s tree.

  • Die Schüler kehren in die Hauptgruppe zurück und sagen etwas über den Baum ihres Partners.


Have students work together to fill out the Thanksgiving Madlib!

  • Lassen Sie die Schüler zusammenarbeiten, um die Thanksgiving Madlib auszufüllen!

End of Activity:

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence.
    (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about the members of my family and ask about someone’s family.
  • I can say what someone is like.
  • I can answer questions about who is in my family.

Cultural Notes:  Here is an Easy German video about family in Germany.

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Let's Chat! German by Alexandria Crandall; Annika Henderson; Brenna McNeil; Camille Daw; David Crasper; Emma Eason; Erica Laursen; Jacob Cortez; Julia Dryer; Katherine Bukhantsov; Luca Heid; Mary Berheim; Mimi Fahnstrom; Naia Robinson; Nicole Woychick; Reagan Solomon; Robin Wagner; Sarah Lausch; Shawn Moak; Shelby Cole; Sophie Campbell; Stephi Arth; and Zahra Akbari is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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