Aubry Beckham Aubry Beckham

Meet The Robinsons (family unit)
Elementary level


In this lesson students will be introduced to family vocabulary and practice it through various presentations, flashcards, group work, handouts and a game.


Main Aims

  • Introducing and practicing family vocabulary through reading, speaking and listening.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Introducing possessive's in the context of families.


Warmer (1-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Project the Simpsons family picture. Ask students if they know this family. Draw a line from the family member and connect the vocabulary on the board.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Project blank family tree on board. Ask students to raise their hand and come up to the board and fill in the names of the family members. Teacher must fill in leftover blank spaces if students do not know some vocab. Teacher will circle pairs of family members and label them: parents, grandparents, children, cousins..)

Highlighting (1-2 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Erase the family tree and point to random family members to recall vocab as a whole class activity.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

PowerPoint presentation on vocabulary with pronunciation repetition

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Simpsons Photo again. Write the model statements on the board "Marge has got two daughters, Bart has got one sister, Homer has got three children". Workbook page 16 photocopied worksheet handout. Introduce the family tree, and Students must use the family tree to answer the questions. Teacher will answer first two questions with students.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Stick "Male, female, and both" labels on the walls. Divide the class into 4 groups of 4. Give them the vocabulary cards and ask them to place each family member under the labels.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Give questions cards to students, have students walk around to each other and ask each other which family member they are.

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