This is one of my favorite activities and is always a hit with the students, particularly because it gets them out of their seat and moving. Below, you will find five families, each described from the perspective of nine different people. (A tenth family member is “absent”: numerous people mention him, but no one plays that role.) Each student is given one “person,” and students are asked to go around the room, reading their sentence to other students. Once they find the other members of their family, the teams are asked to reconstruct their family trees.
You have five families, offering you maximum flexibility. You may choose to use the fewest number of families your class allows, or you can evenly distribute from all five families, and have the extra family members scattered around the room.
This activity falls after introduction of family vocabulary, être, avoir, and possessive pronouns. I usually introduce the family vocabulary using the family_articles_worksheet.ppt, before moving on to the exercise named family matching full French.doc. Because this Family Reunion lesson involves making a family tree collaboratively, I have often first had my students work independently to construct a family tree using family_independent.doc