[Listening Easy] Family Activities – KEY

Pre-Listening Exercise

Imagine you are a five-year-old girl, and your father asks you about your day. What activities do little children (in this case, a little girl) do during the day at that age?


keep an eye on” = watch carefully
Be sure to keep an eye on the kids so they don’t get too close to the river.”

homesick” = sad at being away from home or things that are familiar
My roommate is really homesick and can’t think about anything else but his mom’s cooking.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.


Emily: Welcome home, Dad.

Dad: Oh, Emily. How are you today?

Emily: Fine.

Dad: Good. And how was school today?

Emily: Really fun.

Dad: Good. And what did you do?

Emily: We made things.

Dad: Like what types of things did you make?

Emily: We made books.

Dad: You made books! Okay. And what else?

Emily: We . . . we made paper kangaroos.

Dad: You made paper kangaroos? Okay, and what did you need to make your paper kangaroos? What kind of supplies did you need?

Emily: We used crayons, papers, glue, and we had to follow directions.

Dad: Well good. And what did you do after school?

Emily: We went home, played games.

Dad: And did . . . Mom said you went to the junior high school.

Emily: I rode my bike in the tennis court.

Dad: Did you go by yourself?

Emily: I went with the whole family, and we went with Nathan, Sara, Rachael.

Dad: You went with your cousins.

Emily: And my mom.

Dad: Well, that’s great. Well, let’s get ready for dinner.

Emily: Okay.


Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • types (noun): kinds
    – What types of food do you make for your family?
  • supplies (noun): materials or tools to make something 
    – The children need supplies to make their art projects.
  • whole (adjective): all of; entire 
    – The whole family wants to eat pizza tonight.
  • cousin (noun): a child of a person’s aunt or uncle for mother usually used by children; also mom
    -My cousin is coming to visit me today.