👨‍👩‍👧‍👦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 Free, Ftammbaum, formal, formell, informal, informell.

Products: Family Tree, Google Doc, Students’ families

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 State Content Standards:

  • 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.

Materials Needed:


1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity.

  • Öffnen Sie zunächst die Google Slideshow und stellen Sie die Can-Dos für die heutige Aktivität vor.


2. 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. 


3. 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

Pass out whiteboards to students.

Verteilen sie die Mini-Whiteboards an den Studenten. 


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? (How many siblings do you have?)
  • Wie viele Kinder hat deine Oma und Opa? (How many kids do your Grandma and Grandpa have?)
  • Wie viele Onkeln/Tanten hast du? (How many Uncles/Aunts do you have?)
  • Hast du Cousinen? (Do you have cousins?)


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

  • Wenn die Studenten fertig sind, kehren sie in die Hauptgruppe zurück und sagen etwas über den Baum ihres Partners.


Ask students which family member they get along with the best on their family tree and why.

  • Fragen Sie die Studenten mit welchem Familienmitglied aus dem Familienstammbaum sie sich am besten verstehen und warum. 

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 Resources

Here is an Easy German video about family in Germany.

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