Number one for English language teachers

Festivals

Encourage an appreciation of different cultures and traditions in this series of activities. The series introduces young learners to festivals from around the globe, encouraging an appreciation of different cultures and traditions, while helping pupils practise sentence formation, consolidate useful vocabulary and learn to follow instructions.

How do people in China celebrate the New Year? What costumes do children wear on Halloween? Why is Diwali called the 'Festival of Lights'?

To engage pupils' interest and spark creativity, the worksheets include fun pictures, rhymes, drawing and colouring exercises, arts and crafts activities, and optional song and dance performances. Accompanying teacher's notes provide guidance on using the worksheets and offer ideas for additional classroom activities.

Inside Festivals

  • Carnival

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    This lesson plan inspires creativity while consolidating important verbs such as ‘sing’, dance’ and ‘wear’. Students match phrases to pictures, learn a fun rhyme, and draw and describe a Carnival costume.

  • Chinese New Year

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    In this lesson plan, pupils create a Chinese New Year dragon and ‘good luck’ banners to decorate the classroom while learning about this festival and its traditions. Afterwards, your class can have a playground procession to simulate the vibrant parades held in Chinese communities to mark the holiday.

  • Halloween

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    Trick or treat! This is a lesson plan to teach pupils about the costumes and traditions associated with this ‘ghoulish’ festival, popular in many English-speaking countries, while reinforcing the present continuous. Pupils solve riddles to guess the Halloween character, draw and describe a Halloween costume, and use patterns to create Halloween decorations.

  • Nevruz

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    A lesson plan to introduce young learners to this festival, celebrated in Turkey and Iran to mark the beginning of spring. Pupils match sentence halves and identify the corresponding picture to learn about the traditions associated with this holiday, from painting eggs to (don’t try this at home) jumping over a fire. The activities consolidate sentence formation, the present simple and everyday vocabulary words.

  • Summer solstice

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    In this lesson plan, pupils match sentence halves, number a series of pictures and identify words hidden in a picture to describe the ways people celebrate the longest day of the year. The worksheet includes fun colouring and drawing exercises and helps pupils practise forming sentences and reading aloud.

  • Christmas

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    In this lesson plan, young learners match Christmas words such as ‘mistletoe’ and ‘candles’ to pictures, decorate and describe a Christmas tree, and create their own Advent calendar to count down to Christmas. The activities teach about the holiday’s traditions while consolidating the singular and plural forms of the verb ’be’.

  • New Year

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    What do you do on New Year’s Eve? Do you watch fireworks? Do you make a resolution? In this lesson plan, young learners label pictures, circle the correct words to describe their New Year celebrations, and draw and label their favourite New Year’s Eve activity, while practising sentence formation and the use of direct objects.

  • Diwali

    This lesson introduces the Hindu ‘Festival of Lights’ through arts and crafts. Pupils draw and colour rangolis and create a Diwali lantern.

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