These are some ideas for celebrating Christmas in the English classroom:
Make a Snowman, for instance, can be nice for young children. It allows pupils to make decisions in order to design their own snowman. After the handicraft activity, students can be requested to describe their snowman. Alternative: children in pairs give directions to each other for creating their snowman, e.g. "It is wearing a brown hat"... Related story.
Whose Present can be a nice choice for identifying oral vocabulary related to toys and presents.
Christmas Around the World, for instance, is a Power Point presentation with facts about ways of celebrating Xmas around the world. It can be downloaded and edited in order to adapt the language to your students' needs.
An idea for follow-up activities:
- The teacher introduces the topic by eliciting information about the Xmas festivals presented in the document.
- Students listen to and read the text.
- Students in group prepare questions for a quizz on the information in the presentation.
Christmas Coordinates. A mathematical challenge for older students.
The Twelve Days of Christmas. A presentation to accompany the singing of the traditional carol of that name.
Woodlands Junior School website includes the following activities:
An online advent calendar to learn about country flags and Christmas traditions.
Information about British traditions.