HOLIDAYS

The Grinch Christmas Lesson

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.

Peppa's Christmas

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.

Halloween Fukuwarai

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.

Mardi Gras in Action! Let’s celebrate with Colors!

INTRODUCTION:

  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.

ACTIVITY:

  1. Using the given color

The Magic of the Rainbow: Using Easter to Teach Colors!!

INTRODUCTION:

  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.

ACTIVITY:

  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.

Easter Egg Hunt

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

PREP THE EGGS!

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.