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By Stephanie Vasse, 13 April, 2018

Summary: This Christmas lesson is based on an Englipedia lesson, modified for the ability of my students (ichinensei). First, we preview the worksheet as a class, checking the character names and meanings of the Word Box words. We do the first question together as a class, then the students are responsible for the rest of the questions as we watch the video.

By Stephanie Vasse, 11 April, 2018

Summary: This lesson combines English, origami, and Christmas into a fun cultural exchange activity. The students will follow your verbal English instructions while you slowly go through the Youtube tutorial step-by-step. At the end of the activity, they'll have a Santa Claus or two to take home.


By Georgia Troha, 21 December, 2017

After students have already learned numbers, colors, shapes you can use this lesson to review and get them into the holiday spirit (if your school is Christmas friendly)!
They will create Christmas cards by requesting specific shapes from their partners.

By Karina Zic, 17 December, 2017

This activity is really simple: watch the Peppa Pig Christmas special, and get the kids to do the worksheet while they watch. It went down a treat with my 4年生 kids!! The worksheet has typical Christmas-y events that happen throughout the episode. Students just have to label the events in chronological order. You can pause throughout the video to ask questions and to check their understanding. You can explain cultural differences like calling Santa 'Father Christmas' and why having a snowball fight is impossible in Australia. The kids will not understand most of the English. That's fine.

By Morgan Thompson, 29 March, 2017

Students listen to the song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and fill in the blanks on the attached worksheet. A word list can be added if needed. You can play a youtube video, or sing the song yourself.

By Elizabeth Haavisto, 21 March, 2017

(Disclaimer: worksheet no longer available)

By Rachel Bowyer, 26 July, 2016

This is to teach students about the Christmas traditions of advent calendars and writing letters to Santa using the grammar point “I want/I would like”.

The advent calendar is in the form of a Christmas tree and can be used to decorate the students’ classroom. Students will each get a present-shaped piece of card and on one side write their student number and on the other side write their present request to Santa. The format I used was “To Santa, I would like a ~ please, thank you, (name)”.

By Erin Watson, 25 July, 2016

Bye bye man warm-up (Hangman but without the hanging references).

  • Draw Christmas characters on the board (eg Santa, Rudolph, an elf, etc) beside a word or sentence blanks.
  • Have the students guess one letter at a time. If they get any wrong, rub out a part of the drawing. The idea is to not let the whole drawing be rubbed out or the students lose! (5-10mins)

Flashcards: Learn new words/Christmas vocabulary.

  • Say and repeat.
By Clayton McIntosh, 20 July, 2016

This is an activity to make Christmas words with alphabet cards.

Make 8 teams (lunch groups) and get the students to turn their desks to face each other. Give each team a set of laminated alphabet cards (see attachment) and make them spread the letters across the tables.

By Clayton McIntosh, 19 July, 2016

This is a simple vocabulary activity that can be adapted to almost any lesson at elementary.

Preparation – 

  • Make fishing rods out of chopsticks, string, magnets and some sticky tape. (Be careful not to get the strings tangled together.)
  • Make small picture cards and clip a paperclip to each card. The bigger and heavier the cards are, the harder it is to pick them up.

How to play 

By Katie McIntosh, 17 June, 2016

This is a basic Powerpoint presentation about Christmas, suitable for ES 6 or JHS 1.

After the presentation there’s an easy quiz which I used for typhoon.

The file was too big so I’ve split it up into 4 parts.

Merry Christmas!

By Rory Harnden, 16 June, 2016

This lesson culminates in students practising writing letters to Santa Claus (or Father Christmas), cutting them out in the shape of their hands, and making a 'Christmas Tree' from the 'leaves'.

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