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Family Tree

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Family Tree


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·     identify their family members and produce a family tree.

Target Language:

Names of family members

Time needed for preparation:

5 minutes

Time needed in class:

30 minutes


Year 3

Language Focus:


Activity Use:

Set Induction

Pupil Task:


Which learning institute:



Family Tree Worksheet 1; Finger Family Puppets and Family Members Worksheet 2; song from YouTube, scissors, glue, colouring pencils.

Procedure before class:

1.       Photocopy both worksheets enough for one for each pupil.

Procedure in class:

1.       Pupils have 2 minutes to write down any words they know to describe family relationships. Elicit one or two examples before they start for example mother, father.
2.       Check answers and make sure all children have a record of the key words of the lesson; mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, cousin, aunt, uncle.
3.       Distribute Worksheet 2 and ask pupils to identify the family members. Pupils cut out the pictures to make finger puppets and use to sing the “Finger Family Song”, see ‘Teachers Tip’ for link.
4.       Pupils cut out the pictures and colour if there is time. While they are doing this, hand out Worksheet 2 and some glue.
5.       Instruct pupils to stick the pictures in the corresponding numbered squares on Worksheet 1.  If pupils are not familiar with the concept of a family tree then explained first. If they are using English Year 3 textbook, there is a model of a family tree in Unit 3.
6.       The teacher tells the pupils that one of the boys is called Emir and children must write this name under the picture. Teacher must check that everybody has written the name under the same picture.
7.       Instruct pupils that they must listen to some sentences about Emir’s family and write the name of the family members under the pictures. Teacher can invent the sentences, such as Emir’s sister is called Mia; Emir has two cousins, the girl is called Zara and the boy is called Zarif; Emir’s uncle is called Encik Halim etc.
8.       Check that children have written the correct names under the correct pictures.


Follow Up:


Ask questions about the family tree for example ‘Who is Zarif’s sister?’. For higher level pupils, introduce additional vocabulary for example daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, husband, wife, brother-in-law, sister-in-law.



Ask children to bring in their own pictures of family members and make a personalized family tree. These can then be used in various extension activities such as presentations about their family and question and answer activities in pairs. 


If there is not enough time in the lesson don’t do the song.

Teachers may use “Finger Family Puppets” and song YouTube: “Daddy Finger Rhyme” – but there are lots of other Finger Family songs too to introduce vocabulary.