Number one for English language teachers

Families resources

Level: Elementary

Three activities to practise the topic of families plus an attached worksheet and instructions showing how to make a family spinner.

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Activity 1: My family chain

Aims: To understand instructions. To use family names.

Language: Mother, father, sister, brother, family, cut, put, colour, write, this is my … (Specific language for ’step’  - or ’half’ - families may be needed, e.g. step-mother, step-brother etc. Introduce step- to the whole class.)

Time: 20-30 minutes

Size: Individual

Materials neeed: 1 copy of worksheet per child (see below). Scissors. A3 paper. Pictures/photos of families. Pens/pencils. A family chain you have made and one ready to make.

1. Show the pictures of the families and introduce members - mother, father, sister, brother.

2. Show the class how to make the chain by folding the paper to the width of the model, drawing around the template and cutting out carefully to avoid breaking the chain. See worksheet.

3. As the children make their chains, go around the class and ask: Who’s this? for each person on the chain. Elicit mother, father, sister and brother.

4. When everyone has finished, ask individuals to hold up their chains and tell the class who each person is, e.g. This is my mother, this is my father etc.

Follow-up activity

Children may like to make a family mobile by hanging little cut-outs of people to string and attaching them to a piece of cane to hang up.

Activity 2: My whole family!

Aims: To understand instructions. To create an extended family chain. To practise using names of an extended family.

Language: As Activity 1 plus aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, cousins

Time: 20-30 minutes

Size: Individual

Materials needed: 1 copy of worksheet per child (see below). Scissors, A3 sheets of paper, pens/pencils, an extended family chain you have already made and one to make. A picture of an extended family.

1. Show the picture of the extended family. Point to the woman and elicit mother. Do the same for father, sister, brother, cousin, grandfather, grandmother, aunt and uncle.

2. Show the class how to make the chain by folding the paper the width of the model, drawing around the template and cutting out carefully to avoid breaking the chain. See worksheet.

3. As children make their chains, go round the class and ask: Who’s this? for each person on the chain. Elicit, my mother, father, sister etc.

4. When everyone has finished, children hold up their chains and tell the class who everyone is, e.g. This is my mother, this is my father etc.

Follow-up activity

Make a class chart to show how many uncles/aunts/cousins each child has.

Activity 3: Class family chain

Aims: To understand instructions. To practise using names of an extended family. To practise describing ages.

Language: Brother, sister, uncle, aunt, cousin, how many brothers/sisters/uncle/aunts/cousins have you got? What are their names? How old are they? 

Time: 30-40 minutes

Size: Individual/group/whole class

Materials needed: 1 copy of worksheet per child (see below). Scissors. A3 paper. Pens/pencils. A ‘cousins’ chain (with your cousins’ names and ages written on each ‘body’) and one ready to make. Notepaper for each child. Some pictures of families.

1. Show the class the pictures of families and elicit or introduce the names for members of the family. 

2. Show the class the cousins ‘chain’ you have made. Tell the class that they are going to make chains for all the cousins/brothers/aunts/uncles/sisters that the class has. Show them how to make the chain (see Activity 1 step 2).

3. Split the class into five groups and give each group a label: cousins, brothers, sisters, aunts or uncles. Explain that the ‘cousins’ group must find out how many cousins each child in the class has, how old they are and their names.  The ‘brothers’ group must find out how many brothers each child has, and so on.

4. When each group has got this information they have to make a chain as long as the number of cousins, brothers, etc and then write each one’s name and age on the chain.

5. When each group has finished, they should stick the chain up in the class for everyone to look at so that each child can ‘find’ their relatives.

Follow-up activity

Create a class graph to show how many aunts/uncles/brothers/sisters/cousins the whole class has.

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