How can you make the holiday spirit a part of your classroom?
First, it is important to know what your students already “get.” A good way to check their understanding of Christmas is by starting your class off with a brainstorming session. You can divide the students into teams and ask them to come up with words related to Christmas. This can become a fun game if you organize a “relay race”: a student from each team must race to the blackboard and write a word. The next student can go when their team member has returned to their seat. Give a point to each team that can think of a Christmas word. At the end of the game, score the points, making sure to strike off any words that have been repeated by other teams.
Knowing some amount of vocabulary is always good to go further in our research of “Christmas”. Teach the words they have missed or you should expect them to come up and organize some other games like Bingo, word searches, or other worksheet activities.
Sometimes, it is also fun to compare how different cultures celebrate Christmas. For example, I love explaining the differences in how Christmas is celebrated in Scotland, Sweden and China. You also can take benefit of your students and their families, if they are from other countries (songs, food, tradition…)
It is also a good idea to organize a Secret Santa gift exchange with the students, and made a short party singing Carols and eating some Christmas cookies or candy canes.
Have a look at the links below to find some fun and interesting ideas!
Whychristmas.com: This is a great website to find information on Christmas traditions around the world.
Dave's ESL Cafe: Lots of interesting activities (not only Christmas!)
ESL Flow.com: Lesson plans
www.everythingesl.net: Even though your English language learners may not celebrate Christmas, they are fascinated by the many Santa Claus legends. This lesson explores the different gift-giving customs around the world.
A4ESL: puzzles, quizzes, listenings, Hot Potatoes...
Breaking News English: Christmas Lesson Plans (for older students)
Hotchalk: Christmas and other holiday crosscurricular Lesson Plans (very interesting!)
ESL Galaxy: Christmas Flashcards, Activity Sheets, and Christmas Cards
This is my suggestion to my students:
If you miss school on this Holiday, you can practise some activities related to Christmas! You’ve got more than 150 activities to do, read and play in this great website:
Have a good Christmas holiday!
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