Family and Relationships - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets
ESL EFL Reading and Speaking Activity - Beginner - 25 Minutes
In this fun teaching activity, students play a game of battleships where they learn about family-related vocabulary. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students begin by writing the seven family words on their worksheet somewhere in their grid. The students then play a game of battleships where they have to find seven family-related words on their partner's grid. The first student chooses a grid reference, e.g. C4. If their partner has a letter in that square, they say “hit” and tell the student the letter. The student then writes the letter in the second grid on their worksheet and plays again. If their partner doesn’t have a letter in that square, they say “miss”. The student then draws an X in the second grid and play passes to their partner. The first person to find all seven family words wins the game.
Family and Relationships
ESL EFL Listening, Speaking and Spelling Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes
In this engaging pairwork activity, students practice defining words related to family and relationships. Then they work with a partner and complete half of a crossword by guessing family and relationship words from their definitions. The class is divided into two groups (A and B). Each student is then given a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words across and Group B has the words down. Working together, the students write clues for the family and relationship words written on their crossword. When they have finished, the students work with a partner from the other group. Students take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words by asking, e.g. What’s 3 across? Their partner then reads out the clue they have written. The other student then tries to guess the family/relationship word. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write the missing word on their crossword. If not, the other student continues to give more clues until their partner is able to guess the word.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
Here is an entertaining teaching activity that helps to reinforce family vocabulary. In the activity, students guess the names of relations from descriptions given by other students. This versatile activity can also be adapted into a spelling relay and a race to the board game. The class is divided into two teams. The aim of the game is for the teams to win cards by guessing the correct name of a family member from a description given by their team player. One student from each team comes to the front of the class. The two students are shown a family-related word from a card. Both students then race to describe the family member to their respective teams, e.g. Your mother’s brother is your… The first team to correctly guess the family member wins a point and keeps the card. Then, two new students come to the front of the class and so on. This continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. As an extension or variation, students can play a spelling relay or a race to the board game using the same cards. These instructions are also included in the activity.
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The Watanabe Family
ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this memorable teaching activity, students practice family vocabulary, complete sentences about members of a family, and ask and answer questions to complete a family tree. The class is divided into two even groups (A and B). Each group forms a line in front of the board. The students then have a board race where they have to write down as many members of a family as they can in two minutes, e.g. brother, aunt, etc. The group with the most correctly spelt family members after two minutes wins the game. Next, each student in group A and B is given a corresponding Student A or B worksheet. The students look at the family tree on their worksheet and complete the sentences in exercise A with an appropriate word. When they have finished, the answers are checked with each group. Students then pair up with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to ask and answer the questions in exercise B to complete their family tree. Student A starts by asking: Who is Jin? Student B then uses their completed sentence in exercise A to answer the question, i.e. Jin is Aiko’s cousin and Akira’s niece. Student A writes Jin’s name in the correct place on their copy of the family tree. The students continue asking and answering the questions until they have both completed their family trees.
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ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
This productive teaching activity helps students to learn the names of family members and possessives. In the activity, students work together to complete a family tree. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding section of the worksheet. Student A’s task is to complete a family tree by asking Student B about the people on the worksheet, e.g. Who's Isabella? Student B answers by explaining how the people in the family tree are related to each other, e.g. Isabella is Liam’s grandmother and Jacob’s mother. Student A then completes the family tree with the information. When the students have finished, they swap worksheets and exchange roles. This gives Student B a chance to ask the questions and also helps to confirm the answers. When each pair has finished, they are given another section of the worksheet. Working together, the two students have to identify where a missing family member is on the family tree and complete sentences about how the person is related to the other family members. The first pair to complete the sentences correctly is the winner.
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Keep it in the Family
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes
Here is an enjoyable describing game that can be played with intermediate students. In the game, students describe and define nouns, adjectives, phrasal verbs, and idioms related to family. The class is divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and describe the family word or phrase to the other students without using any of the words in bold on the card. The other students listen to the complete description and then try to guess the answer. The first student to guess correctly keeps the card. Students continue to play until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. This game can also be played as a class or in groups, depending on your students’ level of English.
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ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this pelmanism and discussion activity, students practice questions containing phrasal verbs and idioms related to family and relationships. The students begin by playing a pelmanism game where they form questions by completing phrasal verbs and idioms related to family and relationships. The class is divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of cards. The students put the grey cards and white cards into two separate piles. They then shuffle each set of cards and spread them out on the table face down. Students take it in turns to turn over one card from each set. If the two cards match to make a question, the student keeps the cards as a ‘trick’ and has another turn. If the cards do not match, the student puts them back in exactly the same place. The students continue to play until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most tricks at the end of the game is the winner. When everyone has finished, the questions and meaning of each phrasal verb and idiom are checked as a class. Finally, students ask the questions on their cards to the other group members and discuss the answers. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on what they found out about each other.
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