This projects includes three parts: a family tree (family is what you make it, so this is open to any interpretation), an interview, and a sharing of traditional foods, customs, or family mementos. This project can be used as an extension to any lesson. I have used it when reading short stories or novels connecting to families and traditions. This is a great lesson to use any time throughout the school year; however, I find it works great to use at the beginning giving students a chance to learn more about each other and promoting understanding and connections with different cultures.
This is one of my favorite lessons and usually expands into discussions and conversations about cultures and perspectives around the world. Take this as an opportunity to listen to what your students are saying and create further lessons to increase their global perspectives.