Camille Daw, Amber Hoye, Sara Bakari, Mimi Fahnstrom, Blake Simmerman
Material Type:
High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
  • ASK
  • Arabic
  • Family
  • Family Tree
  • Question
  • Relative
  • Royal
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    English, Arabic

    شجرة العائلة , Novice Mid, Arabic

    شجرة العائلة , Novice Mid, Arabic


    In this activity, students will focus more on giving and completing a task. Students will be given a tree; each with words on the side. Students will create their own family tree and then will ask and answer questions about families. 

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    About the Activity

    Description: In this activity, students will focus more on giving and completing a task. Students will be given a tree; each with words on the side. 

    Proficiency Level: 

    Novice high


    Family members. 


    World-Readiness Standards:

    • Standard 1.1 :Students engage in conversations or correspondence in Arabic to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

    • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written Arabic on a variety of topics.

    • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures of the Arab world.

    • Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons between the cultures of the Arab world and their own

    Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

    • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions

    • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

    • CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.

    • CLTR 1.2: Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

    • I can describe my family tree to others

    • I can ask someone about their family 

    • I can answer specific questions about my family

    Materials Needed:

    Google Slideshow

    Family Tree

    Warm Up and Main Activity


    1. Open the Google Slideshow and introduce the Can-Do’s for the activity. 

    2. Using the Google Slideshow, introduce the two families: The Simpsons and the Royal Family. 

    3. Ask students questions about how each person is related to each other. Students will also name the individuals in the photos. 

    تسخين: أول شريحتين من فقرة التسخين عبارة عن أمثلة لعائلتين مشهورة مزودة بصورهم وأسمائهم. اطلب من الطلاب أن يشرحوا ماهي علاقة العائلة ببعضها البعض. كمثال، ستجد ثلاثة أسئلة لكل عائلة. يمكنك استخدامها أو يمكنك أن تسأل أسئلة تشبهها بحكم معرفتك بالطلاب.

    بعد ذلك، ستجد شريحة لمراجعة أسماء الأقارب مع الطلاب، لتهيئتهم للنشاط الأساسي. تشاركوا بقراءتها.

    Main Activity 

    Family Tree: 

    1. Students will be provided a family tree. Project vocabulary relating to family members using the Google Slideshow. 

    2. Students will create a family tree based on their own family members. (They can write the actual names of their family members if they wish). 

    3. After 5 minutes, students will ask each other questions such as the following: 

    • What is your mother’s name 

    • How many siblings do you have? 

    • Who’s your favorite family member? 

    They can ask other questions that are related to the subject as well. 

    النشاط الرئيسي: ستعطِ كل طالب/ة ورقة شجرة العائلة المزودة بأسماء الأقارب. ستطلب منهم أن يبنوا شجرة عائلتهم، أو بإمكانهم أن يبنوا شجرة عائلة مشهورة أو شجرة عائلة مزيفة. لديهم ما يقارب ٥ دقائق ليفعلوا ذلك.

    بعد ذلك، قسمهم مجموعات مكونة من ٣ أفراد، واطلب من كل واحد منهم أن يشارك شجرة عائلته مع أفراد مجموعته. أو أن يتبادلوا أسئلة بسيطة. مثال: 

    ما اسم امك؟

    كم من الإخوة تملك؟

    من هو أفضل فرد بالعائلة لديك؟

    بإمكانك أن تغير من الأسئلة حسب ما تراه مناسب لإحتياج الطلاب.