All Celebrations articles – Page 5

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    Celebrations: Cards for every occasion

    Students talk about sending and receiving cards for special occasions and design their own.

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    Celebrations: Halloween

    Students do a Halloween word puzzle and read and write a horror story.

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    Celebrations: Special occasions

    Students read about a selection of special occasions such as New Year’s Eve, Ramadan, Earth Day, etc as well as asking each other questions about their special day: their birthdays!

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    Young learner topics: Festivals—Easter

    A fun-packed lesson for young learners on the subject of Easter.

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    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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    New Year

    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 ...

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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’.

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    Summer solstice

    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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    Chinese New Year

    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.

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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.

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    Young learner topics: Festivals – American Independence Day

    Julian L'Enfant presents two lesson plans on the 4th July celebrations – an introduction to the history of the American flag and the Declaration of Independence, with reading tasks and games, and a follow-up craft activity.

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    Young learner topics: Festivals - Birthday cards

    A fun lesson by Hans Mol to practise festivals vocabulary and task words. Children make a birthday card with a message.

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    Young learner topics: Festivals – Christmas

    These activities include a short reading text about Christmas in Britain with vocabulary matching exercises.

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    Young learner topics: Festivals – Bonfire night

    These bonfire night worksheets and accompanying teacher's notes include bonfire night reading, a battleships activity and a Guy Fawkes game.

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    Young learner topics: Festivals – Halloween

    A fun lesson by Adrian Tennant to introduce and talk about the topic Halloween.