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 Stephanie Vasse, 13 September, 2017

Summary: This lesson is based on the Japanese New Year's Game "Fukuwarai," where one person closes their eyes and another person directs them to place the parts of face on a blank face. The face always winds up looking funny and everyone laughs. This lesson recreates that game but with added Jack-o-Lantern flair. They color a blank pumpkin worksheet, then design their own Jack-o-Lantern face parts out of construction paper and play the game with a partner using up, down, right, left, and stop.

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 Bridget Cassie, 23 March, 2017

1. Introduce the grammar point: “When is ~ ?” with a short listening activity using holidays.

A worksheet is not required, but it is a good idea to have a reward scheme set in place for volunteers. If you have a quiet class you may want to choose the students randomly from the roll.

The ALT and the OTE have a short and simple conversation about their *fictional* coming weekend. The students need to listen, so make it simple and repeat.

By Natalie Barbieri, 22 March, 2017


  1. Mardi Gras! 
  • Show pictures of the festival, people with masks, and dancers.
  • Show the students a calendar of the month of Mardi Gras. 
  • Show them a map of the United States and where New Orleans is located.
  1. Review the color vocabulary: red, green, blue, yellow, black, white, orange, pink, and purple.
  2. Review the school supply vocabulary while showing them the supplies: paint, paint brush, string, plate, water, towel, and photo.


  1. Using the given colors, have studen
By Natalie Barbieri, 22 March, 2017


  1. Have the students write the words (see attached worksheet): egg, chicken, happy, easter, basket, pink, blue, yellow, purple.  (Note 1)
  2.   Have the students match the pictures: egg and chicken, basket and hay, color names and the matching colors. (Note 2)
  3. Review the colors of the paints.


  1. Have eggs for all of the students and adults who will participate in the activity.
  2. As you paint your eggs, repeat the names of the colors.
By Amanda Hahn, 31 October, 2016

Works naturally with JHS 2 because the textbook talks about jack o’lanterns and Halloween, but could be adapted for the other two levels easily.  Also could be displayed at Culture Festival easily…

In class, give the students the worksheet, and tell them that they are making a jack o’ lantern.  In the space underneath, they are to introduce the pumpkin.

I required four sentences and one use of the future tense.  I gave them this example:

By Rachel Bowyer, 25 October, 2016


  • Read and repeat the vocabulary from the vocabulary list attached.
  • Explain what to do and that there is a hidden message to be found.
  • Once completed explain the hidden message


  • Do a demonstration with the OTE, they choose a piece of paper from the pumpkin which says either trick or treat. With a treat they get a sticker and with a trick they must do something such as 10 star jumps. (Decide a handful of tricks before the class.)
By Rachel Bowyer, 25 October, 2016

Some Halloween activities after you have introduced the joyous occasion.



Explain that all the teachers have been turned into frogs and that it is up to the students to make the school rules using “you have to” and “you don’t have to”.

Ask students to present their school rules.



Read and repeat the vocabulary, explain what to do and that there is a hidden message to be found.

Once completed explain the hidden message

By David Dowell, 6 October, 2016

This activity is similar to the Speed Dating activity from Summer School.

First, figure out a path your students can take to rotate around the room. For desks where two students sit, one will be the mover and the other will be the interviewer and stay in place.

By Ben McDonough, 20 July, 2016

This activity can follow up a previous Halloween lesson or be used after a short introduction.

Give out the two character worksheets; show students your own example of a finished worksheet. For 2nd and 3rd years, explain and test comprehension of the monster maker rules and the adjectives list. Elaborate on the character profile section by writing an example on the blackboard.

Encourage students to be as creative or rigid as they like. i.e. Two heads and four arms is ok. Cutting out mouths or eyes.

By Joshua Jones, 16 June, 2016

Prep time: Several hours (you need to really love Easter). Actual egg hunt time: however long your school’s lunch break is.


There are plenty of black and white easter egg templates online of varying complexity, so choose a few you like and print multiple copies. Colour them like your life depends on it. Number the eggs. Laminate the eggs so that they can withstand the toughest of conditions! You want your eggs to be like Bear Grylls.

By Erin Watson, 16 June, 2016

A fun lesson where the students get to decorate their very own egg for easter!

Materials needed:

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