*Create a fun, fictional family in the classroom. This should be humorous.
*Students will view the family signs video to support their vocabulary and signing knowledge.
*Ask for two volunteers, one male and one female. They meet, fall in love, get engaged and get married. This is done with mime and signs.
*At the wedding, the whole family shows up. Students choose an index card or the teacher can assign a specific family member position to a student. Cousins, in-laws, aunts, uncles, grandparents, step-mothers, and even the ex-boyfriend can show up. Several cards should tell the student to only give relationship information, such as ‘HIS MOTHER BROTHER’ or ‘HER SISTER DAUGHTER’. This will help students practice comprehension of the family signs and the relationships.
*The students should move around the room and practice expressive and receptive signing skills with their classmates as they try to figure out ‘who’ each person in the wedding party and each person in attendance is supposed to be.
*The teacher or a student can be the person presiding during the ceremony. This can end with the wedding or you can extend it to the reception. Students should be signing in character during this activity; no voicing. The teacher can lead the questioning and discussions so that the past tense is used.
*After the activity, a receptive assessment can be given to assess the students’ abilities to identify family members and relationships. The teacher can sign the family signs, and the students can write the meanings in English. The teacher can also sign relationships, for example, ‘YOUR MOTHER BROTHER WHO?’ to get the answer of UNCLE. Therefore, the family vocabulary, family relationships, questioning words, and pronouns will all be assessed receptively. The students would have expressively practiced the family vocabulary and questioning during the activity.