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Unit 3: My Family

(Week 13, 6 Weeks

Overarching Question

How do I talk about my family?

Focus Questions

  1. Who is in my family?

  2. How do I describe my family members?

  3. What jobs do the people in my family have?

  4. Where do the people in my family live?

  5. How is my family similar / different to a family in a Spanish-speaking country?

  6. How does my family celebrate different occasions as compared to people in Spanish-speaking countries?

  7. How do people in Spanish-speaking countries celebrate different occasions?

Unit Abstract

In this unit of study, students learn how to communicate effectively about their family in Spanish. Students learn to describe family members and their relationships to one another. Students talk about where people in their family they live. Students describe the age of family members, including birthdays. Students also learn to talk about physical and personality traits and professions of people in their family. Students realize there are similarities and differences between their family unit and that of a family in a Spanish-speaking country. Students also become familiar with typical family celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries.

Key Concepts

Identify family members.

  • ¿Quién es...? / Es...

  • ¿Cómo se llama tu ___? / Se llama ___.

  • ¿Cuántas personas hay en tu familia? / Hay...

  • Abuelo/a

  • Madre

  • Padre

  • Bis-abuelo/a

  • esposo/a

  • padrastro

  • madrastra

  • hermano/a

  • hermanastro/a

  • medio-hermano

  • media-hermana

  • hijo/a

  • tío/a

  • primo/a

  • sobrino/a

  • nieto/a

  • parientes

  • amigo/a

  • novio/a

Describe family members' personality and physical traits.

  • ¿Cómo es tu/su___? / Es ___.

  • ¿Cómo es tu/su familia? /Mi/su familia es ___.

  • ¿De qué color es el pelo de ___? /Tiene el pelo ___.

  • ¿De qué color son los ojos de ___? / Tiene los ojos ___.

  • Review adjectives from previous unit

  • unido/a

  • cariñoso/a

  • delgado/a

  • listo/a

  • mayor

  • menor

  • feo/a

  • joven

  • travieso/a

  • egoísta

  • perezoso

  • trabajador/a

  • guapo/a

  • alto/a

  • moreno/a

  • bajo/a

  • bonito/a

  • los ojos cafés

  • los ojos azules

  • los ojos verdes

  • los ojos avellanos

  • los ojos negros

  • el pelo negro

  • el pelo rojo

  • el pelo rubio

  • el pelo café

  • el pelo largo

  • el pelo corto

  • el pelo rizado

  • el pelo lacio

Express where family members live.

  • ¿Dónde vive tu/su familia? / Vive en ____.

  • ¿Dónde vives? / Vivo en ___.

Express what family members do for work and where they work.

  • ¿Qué hace tu ___? / Es ___.

  • ¿Qué haces tú? / Soy ___.

  • ¿Dónde trabaja tu ___? / Trabaja en ____.

  • ¿Dónde trabajas? / Trabajo en ____.

  • Generate a vocabulary list based on class needs (class glossary in Moodle).

Express birthdays.

  • ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? / Es el ___ de ____.

  • ¿Cuándo es el cumpleaños de ___? / Es el ___ de _____.

Identify and describe common celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries.

  • Suggested celebrations:

Assessment Tasks

1. Interpretive Listening: Students listen to someone describe her family and answer questions. (1.2.N.L.b)http://www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/vid/beg13e.html

2. Interpretive Reading / Writing: Using the Spanish Royal Family, students identify different members of the Royal Family and write about family relationships. (1.3.N.W.c, 2.1.N.F.a)
3. Presentational Speaking: Students describe a secret crush they have on a relative of their host family. They will Skype their best friend and describe in Spanish: who it is (family relationship),age, birthday, description of hair (color / style), eyes, personality and physical traits, the profession of the person, and where the person works. The description must match a pre-selected photo. This assessment could be done as a presentation in class, a video postcard or any other recorded format. (1.3.N.S.b)
4.Interpretive Reading: Students read a website advertising products for a Quinceañera and answer questions in English. (1.2.N.R.b)

5. Students send an email in English with a photo describing a celebration they have attended in a Spanish-speaking country. (4.2.N.a, 2.2.N.F.d, 2.1.N.F.e)

ASMNT 3.4 Reading Questions.docx
ASMNT 3.4-Reading Picture.docx
ASMNT_3.3_-_skype_message (1).docx

Lesson Sequence

Week #1:
Teacher will introduce words for family members.

Ask/Answer questions:

  • ¿Cuántas personas hay en tu familia?

  • ¿Cuántos ____ tienes?

  • ¿Cómo se llama tu ___?

  • ¿Quién es ____?

  • ¿Dónde vive tu familia?

Students will do this by looking at a family tree or referring to their own family.

Human bingo activity

Survey of classmates

Listening activities

Week #2
Complete assessment #1

More practice with family using Obama Family or others

Complete assessment #2

Teacher introduces physical/personality traits and review previous adjectives. Use Royal Family or other family tree with pictures. Review forms of ser.

-¿Cómo es? / ¿Cómo son? / ¿Cómo eres?

-¿De qué color es el pelo / son los ojos?

Teacher reviews age and teach how to express birthday.

-¿Cuándo es el cumpleaños de ___?

-Es el ___ de ____.

-¿Cuántos años tiene ___?

-Tiene ___ años.

Teacher introduces cultural information on birthday celebrations.

Week #3
Review information from week #2.

Teacher introduces professions and places of work.

-compile list of professions and places of work based on class need. Students will put them into Moodle glossary

-Introduce the verbs hacer and trabajar

-¿Qué hace? / ¿Dónde trabaja?

Game show activity.

More practice for assessment #3.

Teacher introduces cultural information about Quinceañera.
Week #4:
Complete assessment #3.

Teacher shares more cultural information about family celebrations.

Complete assessment #4.
Week #5
Share more cultural information.

Complete assessment #5


Recommended (not required) Teacher Resources:

El Día de Virgen de Guadalupe reading in English: http://www.mexonline.com/virginofguadalupe.htm

Las Posadas reading in English: http://www.mexonline.com/christmas.htm

Spanish Royal Family Tree: http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2007/graficos/abril/s4/arbol.html

Non-traditional family templates: http://www.familytreetemplates.net/category/nontraditional

Barack Obama Family Schematic: http://www.archives.com/genealogy/president-obama.html

Native speakers talking about family: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/beg13.html

Practicopedia drawing a family video: http://juegos-y-hobbies.practicopedia.lainformacion.com/dibujos/como-dibujar-a-tu-familia-12054

Practicopedia how to add family members to your facebook

Profile video: http://internet-y-ordenadores.practicopedia.lainformacion.com/facebook/como-editar-tu-informacion-familiar-en-facebook-17024

Birthday party celebrations at mini golf: http://www.minigolfcr.com/Fiestas.html

Birthday party celebration at Burger King: http://www.burgerking.co.cr/birthday%20

Birthday party celebration at McDonald's: https://www.mcdonalds.es/familia/feliz-cumpleanos-mcdonald-s

La Tamalada picture/website:http://gobeyondblog.com/2011/12/10/la-tamalada/

Las mañanitas song: http://www.cancionfeliz.com/mananitas.php

Cuadros de la Familia:carmenlomasgarza.com/artwork/paintings/

Bicultural birthday celebration reading: http://spanglishbaby.com/2011/08/bicultural-birthdays-celebration-spain/

Hispanic traditions: http://www.explore-hispanic-culture.com/hispanic-traditions.html

Professions video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRRh4etyW3Y

Quizlet about professions: http://quizlet.com/5463402/las-profesiones-y-los-oficios-flash-cards/

Navidad en Colombia reading: http://www.colombia.travel/es/turista-internacional/actividad/atracciones-turisticas-recomendadas-informes-especiales/navidad-en-colombia

Spanish Royal family website: http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/current-monarchies/spanish-royals/spanish-royal-family/

Videoele Royal Family video: http://videoele.com/A1_La_familia.html

Family members vocab: http://www.purposegames.com/game/spanish-family-members-quiz-quiz

School topic (many activities): http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/spanish/topic12/index.htm

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