Christmas

Christmas

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial tradition. For hundreds of years, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.

Adapted from http://www.history.com/topics/christmas

 

Teens and Adults

Activity

Choose an activity by clicking on the labels

Slide 2 – Vocabulary. Elicit from sts what they see in the pictures. Notice there are some highlighted images so as to show some details. Click on the mouse to reveal answers.

Slide 3 – Vocabulary. Ask sts to work in groups and come up with as many words as possible by rearranging the letters in “Christmas tree”. Click on the mouse to make it a bit more challenging and ask them to find the words listed. As the idea here is to focus on collaboration and fun, accept any answers which are correct, even if they are outside the list given. Give feedback on the accuracy of the words.

Slides 4/5 – Conversation. Tell sts to discuss the questions in groups of three or four. Discuss ideas as a whole group.

Slide 6 – Game

Sts choose one student to sit in front of the board (so that the board stays behind him/her);
Click on the “@” to go to Google Images; then, google a specific present such as rollerblades, a tablet etc.
The rest of the class give the boy/girl tips so that he can find out what present he received. They cannot say the name of the present or use any words that would be too obvious.
Encourage students to use relative pronouns when giving out tips.

Young Learners

Activity

 Material needed for this activity:
• Paper, colored markers, scissors and glue.
• square-shaped sheets of paper
• Find the menu of activities on the first slide.
• Select an activity by clicking on dark red laces

Slides 2: Teach students the word ‘Gingerbread cookie’ and tell them that he will be your helper for this class; Tell sts they are going to learn about some Christmas characters; click to move on to the next slide.

Slide 3: Click to show the first character (Santa Claus); ask for group repetition twice; click to move on to the next character; repeat this procedure until the six of them can be seen on the slide; At this point, exploit the slide by asking questions such as ‘What colour is the elf’, ‘What colour is the snowman?’, etc; click to move on to the next slide;

Slide 8: Use this slide to review the characters/items. Ask sts what they are, how many of each they see etc.

Slide 9: Click on “game 1 / game 2” icons to be directed to the website where the games can be played and follow the directions on the screen.

Slide 10: Christmas tree origami project. Click on the @ icon to be directed to the website where you’ll find the instructions.

Very Young Learners

Activity

 Material needed for this activity:
• Paper, colored markers, scissors and glue.
• square-shaped sheets of paper
• Find the menu of activities on the first slide.
• Select an activity by clicking on dark red laces

Characters

Slides 2: Tell sts they are going to learn about some Christmas characters; click to move on to the next slide;

Slide 3: Click to show the first character (Santa Claus); ask for group repetition twice; click to move on to the next character; repeat this procedure until the six of them can be seen on the slide; At this point, exploit the slide by asking questions such as ‘What colour is the elf’, ‘What coulour is the snowman?’, What colour is the is the reindeer’s nose?’, etc; click to move on to the next slide;

Slide 8: Use this slide to review the charachters with students before moving onto the next activity.

Game

Slide 10: Ask sts to look at the slide and answer questions like “How many elfs are there?”. Ask as many questions as you feel like, but be careful not to overkill.

Slide 11: Large groups: divide sts into groups of 3-4 students. One student should run and touch the character you call out loud, always following the colour + character combination, e.g. “Run and touch the green elf!” The student who first touches the character you’ve called scores a point for his/her team.Small groups: Same procedure as above, but you may want to have sts working individually rather than in groups.

Project

Slide 12: Sts will make na origami Christmas tree. Click on the “@” and follow the instructions of a website.