Family and Relationships ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Family Battleships

ESL Family Vocabulary Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Beginner (A1) - 25 minutes

In this free family vocabulary game, students play battleships to practice vocabulary related to family. Students begin by writing seven family words on their worksheet somewhere in the grid marked 'You'. The students then play a game of battleships where they have to find seven family-related words on their partner's grid. The students take it in turns to call out coordinates from the 'Your partner' grid on the worksheet, e.g. b 4. 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 grid and has another turn. If their partner doesn't have a letter in that square, they say 'miss'. The student then draws an X in the grid and play passes to their partner. The first student to find all seven family words wins the game.
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Interactive Version - In this family vocabulary breakout room activity, pairs of students practice basic family-related vocabulary in a game of battleships.

 

Relationship Vocabulary Practice

ESL Family and Relationships Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This relationship vocabulary worksheet helps elementary students learn and practice basic family and relationship words. To start, students match family and relationship vocabulary from a box to pictures, writing the words in the spaces provided. Students then categorize the family and relationship words into people inside and outside the home. After that, students match the relationship vocabulary to definitions. Students then move on to reorder words to make sentences. In the last exercise, students complete sentences with the family and relationship words from the worksheet.
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Interactive Version - In this relationship vocabulary interactive worksheet, students learn words connected to relationships and family members.

 

The Watanabe Family

ESL Family Tree Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this rewarding family tree activity, students practice family-related vocabulary by completing a family tree. In two groups, students look at the family tree and complete sentences on their worksheet. The students then pair up with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to ask and answer questions in order to complete their family tree. Student A starts by asking 'Who is Jin?' Student B uses the completed sentences from the first exercise to answer the question, e.g. 'Jin is Aiko's cousin and Akira's niece'. Student A then writes the name in the appropriate place on the family tree. The students continue asking and answering the questions until they have both completed their family trees.
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We Are Family

ESL Family Tree Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This fun family tree worksheet helps students learn and practice family-related vocabulary. First, students draw a picture of themselves in an empty space in a family tree. The students then fill in gaps in the family tree with vocabulary from a box. Next, students answer possessive questions about the names of family members. After that, students sort alternative words for family members into their correct categories. Finally, students do a word search where they locate family-related words from the worksheet.
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Family and Relationships Crossword

ESL Family Crossword - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this family vocabulary crossword activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing words related to family and relationships. In two groups, the students invent and write down clues for the family and relationship vocabulary written on their crossword. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words. Their partner reads out the clue for that word and the other student tries to guess the family or relationship word. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
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Interactive Version - In this family and relationships breakout room activity, pairs of students describe and guess family and relationship related words in order to complete an interactive crossword.

 

Family Races

ESL Family Vocabulary Games - Listening and Speaking Activities - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This set of free family vocabulary games helps students learn and practice a wide variety of family-related vocabulary. This versatile activity can be used as a describing game, spelling relay, or board race game. In the describing game, two students race to describe a family member on a card to their respective teams, e.g. 'Your mother's brother is your...' The first team to correctly guess the family member (e.g. uncle) wins and scores a point. Then, two new students play. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. In the spelling relay, two teams line up in front of the board. Show a card to the student at the back of each line. These students write the family-related word with their fingers on the back of the person in front of them. The word is written on the back of the next student and so on down the line until it reaches the student at the front. That student writes the word on the board. The first team to write the correct word on the board scores a point. For the family board race game, students listen to descriptions of family-related words and race to the board to grab the card that matches with the description. The first student to pick the right card scores a point for their team.
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Family Tree

ESL Family Tree Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this family tree activity, students practice family vocabulary and possessives by working together to complete a family tree. The students' task is to complete a family tree by asking their partner about the people on the worksheet, e.g. 'Who's Isabella?' Their partner 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'. The other student then completes the family tree with the information. When the students have finished, they swap worksheets and exchange roles. This gives both students a chance to ask the questions and helps to confirm the answers. When each pair has finished, give them the other section of the worksheet. Working together, the two students 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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Family Time!

ESL Family Vocabulary Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This family vocabulary worksheet helps students to learn and practice words that describe families and relationships. Students begin with a gap-fill exercise where they complete a text about a family using vocabulary from a box. Students then circle the correct word or phrase in sentences to describe the family relationships in the text. Next, students read descriptions that come from the point of view of people in Part A and write the name of the person each description is about. In the last exercise, students write sentences using the vocabulary from the worksheet to describe their own family relationships or those of a family they know.
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Interactive Version - In this family vocabulary interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to learn vocabulary related to families and relationships.

 

Keep it in the Family

ESL Family Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this engaging family vocabulary game, students describe and define nouns, adjectives, adjective-noun collocations, phrasal verbs and idioms related to family. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a card and describe the family-related word or phrase to the other students, e.g. 'It's a noun. It means the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt'. The other students listen to the description and try to guess the answer, e.g. cousin. The first student to guess correctly wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
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Match Up

ESL Family Phrasal Verbs and Idioms Activity - Reading, Matching and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this family phrasal verbs and idioms game and discussion activity, students form and ask 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. In groups, 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 and has another turn. If the cards do not match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. When everyone has finished, check the questions and meaning of each phrasal verb and idiom with the class. Students then take it in turns to 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.
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