Austin Austin

Family Lexis
A1 level


In this lesson, students will learn how to use possessives in the context of family kinship vocabulary.


Abc Individual family pics
Abc whole family photo
Abc Printed Lexis Words
Abc Ex. 3 (adaptation)
Abc Full Sheet Arrows
Abc Full Size 'S (Printed)

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of Family in the context of My personal family and Family Tree models

Subsidiary Aims

  • Possessive Grammar


Review (3-5 minutes) • adjectives and their opposites

Toss the ball between class mates while saying adjectives. Receiving student says opposite and provides new word.

Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

My Family - On screen, run a collection of My family's photos for the students and have them answer, "Who do you see?"

Exposure (5-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

My Family Photo - On Screen, show a picture of my family - Elicit family names from lead in - Hand out all Lexis word cards to students - Ask students to place the cards on the board next to the correct person. (draw arrows if necessary.

Controlled Practice (4-6 minutes) • To have students test their understanding of Lexis

Ex. 3 (Adapted) Choose correct words - Give Instructions - Hand out - Peer Check - FB

Clarification (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Family Tree activity - Place generic family on board - Organize "Family Tree" (connect with lines) - quick review of family members placing the lexis cards again - Give example sentances… --- "This is the girl's father." ----"This is the boy's Mother." - Distribute arrows (to students who didn't get them the first time - Have them come up and make the connection by placing arrow between two family members and say the sentence. - I place the 'S according to what the Ss say

Semi-Controlled Practice (12-15 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Create the Family Tree - Show the handout and give instructions - Write the names of your family members (individually) - In pairs, introduce family and explain who each family member is - As students finish, ask early finishers to come up and put their family members names next to the board family. Then give a small presentation.

Free Practice (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Writing sentences (x6) - List your family's names in a column on the back of the family tree - make a second column with the family names in a different order - draw arrow between names and make sentence for each. - Peer check

Gauntlet Challenge (Extra) (3-5 minutes) • Challenge student's understanding

Write on board extended setnance with multiple possesives and see if anyone can figure out the relationship between me and the last person. Gradually make longer and longer. Ex. Who is my son's sister to me? (Daughter) Who is my son's sister's mother to me? (Wife) Who is my son's sister's mother's son to me? (son) Who is my son's sister's mother's son's father to me? (myself)

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