What happens when family members share housework? Many hands make light work.
Unit 1: Family life Lesson 6 : Writing Many hands make light work
Task 1. Discuss the meaning of the saying below.
Task 2. Read the text and complete the chart
Mending things around the house, cleaning the bathroom
Doing most of the cooking and grocery shopping
Doing the laundry, taking out the rubbish and cleaning the fridge, laying the table for meals, sweeping the house and feeding the cat (share with sister
Helping mum prepare meals and washing the dishes, laying the table for meals, sweeping the house and feeding the cat (share with brother)
Task 3. Answer the questions. 1. How many people are there in Lam's family? There are four people in Lam’s family. 2. Why are they very busy? Because both parents work and the children spend most of their time at school. 3. How do they split the housework in the family? They split the housework equally in the family. 4. What household chores does each member of the family do? The father mends things around the house and cleans the bathroom; the mother does most of the cooking and grocery shopping; Lam does the laundry, takes the trash and cleans the fridge once a week; An helps her mother to prepare meals and washes the dishes; Lam and An take turns laying the table for meals, sweeping the house, and feeding the cat.
5. Do the family members enjoy the housework? Yes, they do. They do it willingly. 6. What are the benefits of everyone in the family sharing the housework? The burden is less, so everyone has time to relax.
Task 4. Make your family chore chart
Task 5: Using the household chores chart in Task 4 and the answers in Task 3, write a paragraph about how people in your family share housework
The paragraph can consist of three parts Part 1: Introduction to the family: how many people, who the members are,.. (question 1&2) Part 2: How the family members share the housework, what each of them does (question 3&4) Part 3: What family members think of doing housework (question 5&6)
Sample writing There are four people in my family: my parents, my older brother and I. We are all very busy people, so we divide/ split the household chores equally. My Mom does cooks, cleans the room and shops for grocery. My Dad does the hard stuff like lifting heavy things and repairs work like fixing plumbing and electricity. My older brother takes out the rubbish, cleans the house and feeds the dogs. And me, I do the washing-up, do the laundry and water the flowers. In my family, every member contributes to making the home a beautiful and happy place to live in.