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  • Virginia
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    • September 19, 2006, 01:20:41 pm
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High School - Holidays
« on: November 30, 2006, 08:11:55 am »
...or if you have an extra group that you see for supplementary or whatever.

1. Warm-up 1: Christmas Word Web/Brainstorming on the board.
2. Warm-up 2: Visual images of Christmas, but toss in a few images from around the world... example: African-American Santa Claus, Santa on a surfboard, Santa on a camel and ask where these images are from. Since Chanukah is in this activity, I also show them a menorah and a star of David. Since I am the PowerPoint Queen, I naturally used a PowerPoint for this. Images are readily available on the Internet.
3. Hand out the worksheet.
4. On your projector, show the "Canada" text (the one with the highlighted words) and demonstrate how to fill in the worksheet grid. Do the Korea line yourselves (no text necessary). By the way, nobody eats turkey for Christmas in Korea, but they do eat cake.
5. Separate the class into 7 groups. Each group has a different text to read. For visual support, I also made up a page of colour images to go with each country (See "Australia Images" to get an idea). This is a text-scanning exercise for specific information, which they should be used to doing in class.
6. In each country group, assign A-B-C-D. Now, all the A's get together, all the B's etc. This should reunite one student from each country together. Now, they need to ORALLY share (NOT COPYING) the information so that everyone's grid is filled in correctly.
7. Correct together as a class.
8. If time permits, have a quick game or something (which country celebrates on December 5? Which holidays are not about Christmas?...)

The information for the texts was found online, or by speaking with friends who celebrate in this way. I don't guarantee that it's 100% correct. Still, it's nice to bring something that is about the rest of the world into the classroom.

And.... there are sites online with more info re:Chanukah. Even a stencil so that you can make your own dreidel and play with it.

Oh, and having Quebec as a separate page does not imply that I am a Separatist.... I lived there for a long time, and Christmas was very unique and completely different from Christmas in Ontario.
« Last Edit: June 30, 2007, 06:32:44 pm by Momo »
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  • Virginia
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Small modification to Around the World
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2006, 09:47:54 am »
This works for any activity where you want the kids to move around, but not always having peer groups together for group work.

The idea is that they follow their numbers around to different tables or stations. When you say "change" (every 5 minutes or so, depending on the activity), they move to the next table. Keeps them on their feet and not as much sleeping or bad behaviour! It's nice to have a class where you do absolutely no discipline!

I wish I could take credit for this, but it's from a teacher I worked with in Quebec.

Use this for the Holidays Around the World and it goes much better.

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Holiday lesson ideas needed
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2009, 03:56:56 pm »
I'm actually looking for any lessons for 1st and 2nd grade high schoolers but I thought I'd specifically ask about holiday lessons (halloween, thanksgiving and christmas).

how many lessons do you think one should do for each holiday? do you think i could get away with doing a whole month of halloween-related lessons and a whole month of christmas-related lessons? (i only see each class 4 times each month...if that.) Do you think I should do a Thanksgiving lessons at all? I would be talking about American Thanksgiving. Should I just do one lesson on it and focus on writing about what one is thankful for?

How do you think high school students would respond to doing some kind of craft? (with paper, scissors, glue, markets, etc.) I think the girls would be fine with it but what about the guys?

I asked my school to buy me some craft supplies in case I wanted to use them this holiday season and they did so now I feel like I need to use them- just not sure how. I did crafts all the time when I taught elementary here but I'm not sure what kind of crafts high schoolers would like to do.

So to conclude- I'd really appreciate some Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas lesson ideas and some craft ideas for high schoolers. Thanks!
« Last Edit: August 25, 2009, 03:21:37 pm by mokporandi »


Re: Holiday lessons
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009, 03:20:46 pm »
40 people have looked at this but no one has ideas?


Re: Holiday lesson ideas needed
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2009, 10:53:15 am »
Halloween went well last year. I did a lesson which briefly went over the history of Halloween and Jack O Lanterns. I had students wrap one up in toilet paper to make a mummy. I talked about Devils Night and pranks and showed them some Youtube videos and did a small puzzle to review vocab words. I'm looking for the lesson but I think I lost it when my laptop died earlier this year.



Re: Holiday lesson ideas needed
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009, 10:57:41 am »
thanks for the idea! i didn't know about devil's night until i just looked it up on wikipedia lol


  • lisadream
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    • July 23, 2008, 08:03:57 am
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Re: Holiday lesson ideas needed
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2009, 05:05:03 pm »
Hi Mokporandi,

Here's my two cents if you want it:

If your going to do thanksgiving I might suggest doing a lesson that compares American Thankgiving with the Korean Chusok holiday, your students will have a lot of input for you and you'll learn about of Korean culture/history while your at it. It will also make the lesson relevant to the kids.

I did my hallowe'en lesson based on Michael Jackson's Thriller (the lesson plan is posted on this site, I think it's on the Master List) video and the kids really enjoyed it. Koreans really enjoy scary movies and stuff so Halloween is definitely a holiday to take a advantage of. Most, if not all, of your students will know basic Halloween vocabulary by high school because of exposure they've had to it from previous NESs. Just be creative! You should have a week of midterms somewhere in October so you won't need to fill too many classes. I might suggest planning one solid Halloween lesson that everyone will get and then one "throwaway" lesson with games or crafts for the odd classes that are ahead of schedule compared to your other classes (it'll happen, trust me). That way you'll be evened out again heading into November.

Same goes for Christmas. Plan one really solid one and a couple of extra ideas because your schedule is gonna get messed up by final exams and holidays. Last year I had two classes that got 3 christmas themed lessons and other classes that only got one. I showed "The Snowman" which is a 30 minute cartoon without any speaking, and had an english worksheet to go with that, I think it's posted on here... I also did a couple of lessons with christmas carols, which my girls loved (I'm at an all-girls HS BTW), and for those odd classes out we watched the original 'how the grinch stole christmas' cartoon and played a game. They will be pretty zonked by the end of the year, so anything incorporating music or video will be well recieved.

Do you have your own classroom? Because if you do, a great way to use up those art supplies is have the students make decorations for the classroom. Most of these kids are so stressed out about studying and their upcoming exams that any break from "nose in the textbook" will probably be welcomed. Plus, I think it makes for different associations in the brain for language retrieval (that's the psych major in me coming out) so they'll retain it better.


  • lisadream
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    • July 23, 2008, 08:03:57 am
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Re: Holiday lesson ideas needed
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2009, 05:07:02 pm »
Also, I would recommend taking a look at www.bogglesworldesl .com if you need some ideas. They've got lots of holiday themed worksheets and game ideas.  :)


  • rh8987
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    • September 04, 2010, 09:19:06 pm
Create a Holiday
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2011, 04:02:22 pm »
I combined a few powerpoint's together to make this lesson where students must create their own holiday in groups. We have speaking tests coming up so this is a way for them to practice coming up in front of the class and presenting.


  • margus101
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    • February 27, 2011, 06:58:33 pm
    • Korea
Music Festivals Lesson: Inter-High level HIGH SCHOOL
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2011, 08:49:38 pm »
This is a lesson that I came up with based on a BBC Listening Task I came across. Students have finished their exams so I thought it would be nice to do something more lighthearted and less hardcore.

The lesson should ideally start with the BBC Listening task as it will introduce the students to two festival phrases. The PPT and the activities flow on from the content in the listening task. The PPT is not comprehensive, but it would be beneficial for the teachers to elicit responses from the students based on the ppt slides. Ask them qustions related to the videos etc.

My students are predominately intermediate to high level students, so chop and change where you see fit.

There are many things I could have added, so add ppt slides or vocab words if necessary. I thought it might be fun for students to make an advertisement (film) for their own music festival- this could be a good summer camp idea, but we don't have enough time and the school does not have the resources or materials at the moment. So I decided on the Event Plan activity.Of course you can come up with games related to the BBC listening task; the videos from the ppt. There is a lot of scope to be more creative!

I have embedded audio files into the PPT.

Hope that fellow teachers find this lesson useful. I will see how it goes next week.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2011, 10:12:56 am by margus101 »


  • margus101
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    • February 27, 2011, 06:58:33 pm
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Re: Music Festivals Lesson: Inter-High level HIGH SCHOOL
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2011, 09:20:34 pm »
Forgot to add this. Activity: Music Festival Event Plan


  • margus101
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    • February 27, 2011, 06:58:33 pm
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Re: Music Festivals Lesson: Inter-High level HIGH SCHOOL
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2011, 09:29:31 am »
You also might want to include more vocabulary: moshing, moshpit, head banging, crowd surfing.


  • munkybutler
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    • January 06, 2011, 01:28:58 pm
    • Chungnam province
Re: Music Festivals Lesson: Inter-High level HIGH SCHOOL
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2011, 03:58:59 pm »
Great idea, do you think I could stretch this into a 2-hour summer camp class.  Also, most of my students have smartphones now so they could film their advertisement on their phones!!WFDYTY


  • margus101
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    • February 27, 2011, 06:58:33 pm
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Re: Music Festivals Lesson: Inter-High level HIGH SCHOOL
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2011, 07:54:21 pm »
I definitely think you could extend this to a 2 hour Summer Camp activity.

I also noticed that you need to re add (re embed) the mp3 files to the powerpoint. I am not sure why they did not transfer over into the ppt.

The class went well, especially the Event Plan. The students were really creative. You might want to spend more time on the presentations (have the students make a video). With the listening task included, we were only able to cover 3/4 of the ppt, so the students started the Event Plan activity in the second lesson- so easily a 2-2.5 hour Summer Camp activity!

Good Luck!   :D Like I said, a lot of scope to be more creative and add your own ideas- I hope I was able to provide a skeletal structure for teachers to build on.


  • Jimjam
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    • April 27, 2011, 10:10:54 am
    • Busan
Re: Music Festivals Lesson: Inter-High level HIGH SCHOOL
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2011, 08:21:38 pm »
Hi,

I took this lesson and changed it for my Grade 2/3 middle school classes.

1. You start with an introduction to festivals and some info and a clip of Glastonbury, then some vocab (you could add loads more here)

2. The students then plan their own music festival (i just choose categories that my classes would be most interested in but you could add headliners, food, etc).
3. They then  present it to the rest of the class, the class then vote for their favorite festival. 
I've attached ppt, plan and presentation outline.

Thanks, to the fist person who made this, saved me a lot of work!
« Last Edit: July 07, 2011, 08:25:23 pm by Jimjam »


  • margus101
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Re: Music Festivals Lesson: Inter-High level HIGH SCHOOL
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2011, 03:35:55 pm »
Looks good. Very easy to follow. Glad you were able to alter the lesson to suit your students' level.


  • Miss S
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    • February 04, 2011, 10:47:56 am
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Holidays and Special Days Lessons
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2011, 11:39:57 am »
I like to work in mini-project based lessons for my classes.  This one is approximately 4 x 50min long, done in 3 weeks (last week is double block time).  But please modify to fit your own scheduled.

*Lessons have been adapted from textbooks, waygook.org lessons, etc.


Week 1:

1.  Show calendar song to activate interest. Go over the lyrics fist, on mute.  Then play song. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlu1jwvFBZE )
2.  Presentation based lesson.  Students can fill in missing words from the handout while giving presentation.  blank out the words yourself.  Video clips are inserted throughout the ppt.
(here are the youtube links for the clips, you can download them yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLbTJYILTq0 ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1SCmt8NpU8 ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7M3ofz3TvA )

It's a lot of Teacher talking, but they use this information in forth coming lessons and the teacher then talks less and less.


  • Miss S
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Re: Holidays and Special Days Lessons
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2011, 11:48:42 am »
Week 2:

1.  Students need previous week's handouts to answer questions.  Play Mario (review) game.  Students sit in groups.  Pass around a paper ball in each group.  When the music stops, person with the ball must answer a question.  First hand up with the correct answer get a point for their team.  Team with the most points can get candy prize.

2.  After speaking about many different holidays and special days from last week, focus on ONE special day this week.  Give out handout on New Years Day.  Look at picture and answer the 3 questions at the top.  Read the story with/for students. 

3.  Switch to presentation about New Year's Resolutions.

4. Continue with handout questions.  Students can do this on their own.  Check at the end.


  • Miss S
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Re: Holidays and Special Days Lessons
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2011, 11:57:38 am »
Week 3: double/block lesson is suggested

With the build up to Chuseok students are excited and very enthusiastic to do this.  Also, with previous weeks' lessons they have the tools and ability to complete this part very well.

(period 1)
1.  Handout papers and introduce topic.  Do example with students.

2.  Allow time for students to complete their own mini-poster of a holiday (invented or real) according to the specific outlines in the handout.

3. Students present their poster and explain it.

(period 2)
4.  Students continue to present their poster and explain it (rest of  class).

5.  Talk with student briefly about the upcoming holiday Chuseok.  Show presentation on differences/similarities between Chuseok and (Am.) Thanksgiving.

6.  Make Venn Diagram.

7.  Do Thanksgiving word search.


  • mowen86
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    • August 31, 2011, 12:31:25 pm
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Re: Holidays and Special Days Lessons
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2011, 05:43:25 pm »
I wish that I had seen this post last week! I've been teaching my students about American Thanksgiving and would've loved some of these ideas.