Author:
Camille Daw, Amber Hoye
Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
Tags:
  • Aunt
  • Brother
  • Describing
  • Family
  • Family Tree
  • Father
  • Fingerspelling
  • Grandfather
  • Grandmother
  • Mother
  • Relatives
  • Sister
  • Uncle
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English

    Family Tree, ASL, Novice Mid

    Family Tree, ASL, Novice Mid

    Overview

    In this activity, students will practice talking about their families and each other's families. Students will begin by describing famous families and how each member is related to each other. Then they will practice fingerspelling names. Their main activity will be to describe their family tree with a partner and then describe their partner's family tree. 

    Description

    Description: In this activity, students will practice talking about their families and each other's families. Students will begin by describing famous families and how each member is related to each other. Then they will practice fingerspelling names. Their main activity will be to describe their family tree with a partner, and then describe their partner's family tree. 

    Can-Do Statements:

    • I can describe my family tree
    • I can ask someone questions about their family
    • I can be specific when describing members of my family

    Idaho State Content Standards

    • 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.
    • COMM 3.1: Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

    World-Readiness Standards: 

    • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations and correspondence in American Sign Language to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
    • Standard 1.2 Students comprehend and interpret live and recorded American Sign Language on a variety of topics.
    • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in American Sign Language to an audience of viewers on a variety of topics

    Materials:
    Google Slideshow
     

    Warm Up and Main Activity

    Lead-In or Warm-Up (2-3 minutes):

    You will hold up famous families, and have the students explain who is related to whom.

    There are three different family pictures, so have students name who the members are, and how they're related to each other.

    Finally, have students practice fingerspelling with a fingerspelling quiz. The words are listed in the speaker notes of the Google Slideshow.

    Main activity: Family Trees
    Pair students up with each other and provide the example family tree for them to reference. Break out into breakout rooms
    One student will ask questions about the other student's family tree. For example, they will ask questions like: “What is your mom's name?”, “What is your grandma's name on mom's side?”, “What are your brother/sister's names?”
    If students are comfortable with this, they can describe their family members physical appearances
    Remind students to include their aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc if they have them and are going through the activity quickly
    The first student will write down the second student's family tree
    After they finish, they will show the family tree to their partner and switch roles
    If time allows we will present each other's family trees

    Wrap-Up Questions: What did we learn about each other's families? Who has the most siblings?