Matatalab: Family Tree (Gr. 2-3)


In this lesson, each student will use the sunburst shape of the Matatalab Artist Add-On set in order to create shapes for leaves of his or her own family tree. Students will utilize the basic sunburst shape coded in Draw 5 Warm-Up Card for frames for family photographs to place on the leaves of the tree to indicate these connections. Students will utilize a large poster board to draw a tree with at least seven branches. Students will collect photographs or draw pictures of the members of his or her family, glue these photos on top of each of the sunburst shapes, and arrange these leaves correctly on the family tree. Once students have arranged their family connections correctly, they will label and decorate their family tree.


  • Code and manipulate MatataBot to create a series of sunburst shapes on top of which they will place family photos.
  • Understand the importance of family connections and personal family ancestry.
  • Create a family tree illustrating personal family ancestry and family connections.

Curriculum Connections Summary

  • Ontario – Coding & Art
  • British Columbia – ADST & Art
  • Alberta & Nova Scotia – ICT & Art
  • New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, & Newfoundland and Labrador – Art

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Screen Free: A more friendly way to learn fundamental coding concepts at a very early age. A physical way to learn abstract coding ideas without screen-time.
Words Free: The coding blocks have intuitive graphical symbols on them, building confidence for kids to predict the movement of the robot as well as to test and confirm their reasoning.
Game Based Learning: With Matatalab, if kids don't feel like seriously coding, they are play maze game adventures.