Muayadbas Muayadbas

The Family Tree
Elementary level


This lesson focuses on writing and reading. Students will look at a family tree and write the names of the people according to what they read. Then they make their own family tree and then write a paragraph about it.


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Main Aims

  • To write a paragraph about their family tree.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Reading is a sub aim where students read about family tree description and try fill in the gaps of the tree


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

While the teacher is introducing a family tree using pictures, the students finish the story line by using family words: father, mother brother, etc. Teacher: "Ben is a handsome man." Teacher: puts a picture of Ben. "He has a lovely........" Students: "wife". Teacher draws a family tree on the whiteboard. Teacher asks: So what are we talking about in this lesson "Family Tree" Teacher offers a table on the WB for sts to put under 'Male' and 'Female'

Exposure (10-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/writing

Reading for gist: Sts read in pairs and share ideas on what the general meaning of the passage is. FB: teacher puts three titles on WB to select from and check their understanding of the passage: 'My Family' - 'My Wife' - 'We love our family' .. The answer is 'My Family' Teacher gives sts the family tree they're reading about. Sts fill in the names. Teacher monitors and supports FB: teacher presents an answer sheet to check their answers. Sts work individually first and answer Ex. 1b. PW: check their answers. Teacher support, then when done, the answer sheet is presented to check in pairs.

Useful Language (10-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Teacher presents on WB the possessive 's' with examples. Modelling: teacher models the following example: My wife has a car. Her car is red = My wife's car is red. Two sentences with a singular noun possessive 's' and with a plural noun possessive 's'. 1. The boy's name is Sam. 2. The boys' names are Sam, Mustafa and Ibrahim. PW: discuss the difference between the two 's' .. apostrophe before and after the 's'. Teacher elicits the answers, then gives the answer on WB to discuss. Sts write two examples on each 's'

Productive Task(s) (20-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Teacher presents 2 sets of Ex. 2 Teacher models the activity and gives an example: Allen is Peter's wife. GW: sts do the activity and the early finishers to write the relationships win! Individually, sts draw their family tree and present it to their friends. Now, sts write a paragraph about their family. Teacher monitors and checks for errors. Sts post their paragraphs on the walls for others to read and ask and answer questions on the paragraph and the family.

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