Family Relationships Grid Conquest Game

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Family relationship vocabulary can be very difficult to teach. The definitions are complicated and explaining the various relationships requires the very vocabulary you’re trying to teach. The best way I’ve found to teach it is by using a family tree. There are many worksheets out there that use this technique, but my students quickly tire of them and prefer hands-on activities. The various activities in my family relationships vocabulary set are good, and my Family Questions board game is great practice for slightly more advanced students, but my absolute beginners wanted a board game too. This game is the result of their many requests.

There are two different family trees. The first has four generations and includes the basic family relationships (parents, grandparents, aunt/uncle, etc.). The second has four generations and includes more relationships (ex-spouse, step parent, half sibling, second cousin, etc.) Both family trees are available in two sizes for printing: 8.5x11 and 11x17. My students find the larger size easier to read and work with, but not everyone has access to a printer for the larger size paper, so I included the smaller size as well. All of the files included in the zip folder are PDF.

Supplies needed and not included:

1. Dry erase markers—you’ll need one marker for each student, each student in a group will need a different color (groups of four work best)

2. Dry erase boards or scrap paper for score keeping

Game Preparation:

1. Print and laminate one of each of the various game components for each group: game board, family relationship cards (decide which version you want to play: basic or extended; to play the basic version you only need that set of cards, to play the extended version you’ll need both sets of cards), and family tree (again, decide which version you want to play and print the appropriate tree)

2. Cut the family relationship cards apart and mix them up.

Game Play:

1. Give each group of students a game board, family tree, set of relationship cards, and dry erase markers.

2. Students each choose a start square and mark it with their color. Some of my students just make an X, others prefer to color it in all the way.

3. The first student draws a card from the envelope/container and reads the relationship aloud. He/she then forms a sentence naming two people who have the given relationship. (ex: Ernie is Caleb’s grandfather.)

4. If the sentence is correct, the student claims a square on the game board and records his/her points (I give my students dry erase boards for this or tell them to use a piece of scrap paper.). The claimed square MUST share at least one side with a square he/she has already claimed (for the first turn that would be the start square). The card is discarded and play continues. If the answer is not correct, the card is discarded and no squares are marked.

5. If a student is no longer able to claim any more squares, he/she is out of the game. Once no one else can claim any more squares, the game is over. Students add up their points and the winner is the person with the highest total score.

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