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Family Tree

Lesson plan

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Family Tree

Family Tree


Hello everyone! Today we’ll learn what a family tree is.

With John’s help, you’ll find out how families are formed and how we know who are our close family. Connect things and practice what you have learned with this game. Click play and have fun!

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Age Time
6 to 9-year-olds 50 minutes - 65 minutes


  • To learn about the members of a family
  • To recognize the relations inside a family
  • To use possessive pronouns and the genitive case (-’s)


  • “My mom’s name is…”
  • “She is Laura’s mother.”
  • “Paul is his father.”

Target vocabulary

Mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, parents, grandparents, cousin, ant, uncle, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter

Needed material

1. Warm-up

Start the class by sitting in a circle with students and singing the Hello song. Turn this a ritual in your classes as a way to encourage students to change their focus on the classroom and connect with themselves.

2. Presentation

  • Open the game and show students the first part in which John presents his closest family. Explain the relations between family members, emphasizing the use of possessive sentences (“This is John’s mother” for example).
  • Then, show students other pictures of family trees based on families with different structures. Make sure that all the kids’ families are represented.

3. Practice

  • At first, ask students to talk about John’s family. Then, ask them to share their families’ structures using the vocabulary presented. Make sure students are using possessives (pronouns or the genitive case) to make their presentations. It is vital to guarantee they don’t practice with inappropriate structures.
  • After that, take students to the computer lab and use the second part of the FAMILY TREE game to practice. They can do the activity in pairs so they share ideas. It is a great opportunity for students to understand how these relationships are built and work with the main vocabulary (written and spoken).
  • As soon as they finish, ask them to play part three of the game. For this part, they will have to remember not only the vocabulary words but also the relationships.

4. Production

  • For the last part of the class ask each student to draw their family tree.
  • Then, divide them into groups of four or five students and ask them to present their families. Once they are done, you can ask each group to present their classmates' families. This is a way for them to practice the structures with possessives (“She is Laura’s mother.” and “Paul is his father.”) spontaneously.

5. To sum up

This class is simple but essential for language and social aspects, so ensure children understand and respect the concept of different types of families. As for the linguistics topics, they are simple but essential for kids to comprehend how possessives are formed in the language.

For students to keep in contact with the content, encourage them to play FAMILY TREE at Best School Games during the week. They will find it fun and continue assimilating the topics.

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Karol Oliveira

Karol Oliveira

Modern Languages undergraduate student at Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro - UFTM

TOEFL certificate

Teaching EFL (English as a foreign language) for 5 years

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