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How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic that you can use to spice up your English class around Christmas time.

Here are a few ideas that you can use to get everyone in a Grinchy mood at Christmas time:

  • Read How The Grinch Stole Christmas aloud to the class, be sure to use before, during and after reading activities.
  • Turn one of those days after the exams into a movie day. Show the movie (for the older students) or show the old Chuck Jones cartoon version (for the primary students) complete with popcorn and refreshments.
  • After viewing the movies, hold a trivia contest using this Grinch quiz (scroll down for the answers.)
  • If you have to put a Christmas production together, you can take a short snippet of the original Chuck Jones cartoon and have the kids read the script while the audience watches the cartoon on screen.
  • Click here for a copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reader’s Theater script that the students can read after they have read the book, watched the movie, and played the trivia game.

Click here for links to Dr. Seuss videos.

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"Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man!"

I’m kind of picky when it comes to Christmas stuff. I don’t go for the usual Santa Claus fare, but I do like gingerbread and in particular, I like the story, The Gingerbread Man.

If you teach emergent readers DLTK has a nice little Gingerbread booklet that you can print out. The focus is on I can… sentences. I copied and print it out and then stapled it together in order to save time in the classroom. On the first day, I read it to the kids and let them start coloring it, then the bell rang. The next day, I read it to them again and made them follow along, broke them up into pairs and then they had to take turns reading the booklet to each other. Once they were done, I let them finish coloring it.

Family Fun Magazine offers a PDF download that I’m using to create a gingerbread man booklet. There are two sizes of gingerbread men. I picked the littlest size and then fooled around with the copier to make 4 men to a page. You will need seven men for the following activity.

I’ve condensed the story down, so just write the following on the board:

Title Page – The Gingerbread Man

Page 1 – There once was a little old woman who decided to bake gingerbread cookies.

Page 2 –  When the cookies were done baking, out jumped the little gingerbread man!

Page 3 – “Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”

Page 4 -  he called as he dashed out the kitchen door. No one could catch him, until…

Page 5 – he came to a river and was outsmarted by a fox.

First, read the story to the students, most of them are already familiar with it. Then show them your sample. Be sure to write the procedures on the board (1. cut 2. staple 3. write sentences 4. draw 5. color.) Otherwise, a whole lot of class time may be wasted. I try to stick to the same general procedures every time I do this sort of activity so the kids know what to expect. Plan on stapling the hands and feet, but make sure that there are 7 men for each booklet and that the hands and feet aren’t too short, otherwise one of the men may try to get loose!

Kidzone has a whole page devoted to a gingerbread man thematic unit and  little giraffes has a nice page on the gingerbread man too and don’t forget to check out virtual vine’s gingerbread page.

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Christmas is big deal in Western countries and I’ve compiled a few links to help you put together a fun lesson.  There are lots of ways to approach this fun holiday.

You could go for a multi-cultural theme…

Santa Clause around the world

Here is a link to a page at Hot Chalk. There are tons
to chose from. They’re divided up by discipline.


Pictures of screaming kids sitting on Santa’s lap. It’s funny – what can I say? You could cherry pick a few of them and ask conversational questions like:

  1. Why is he/she crying?
  2. Do you think he/she is afraid of Santa?
  3. How old were you when you first sat on Santa’s lap?
  4. What do you want for Christmas?
  5. What is your favorite Christmas charity? Why?

…You get the idea…

Santa cam – maybe you could catch him. He wasn’t in when I checked. Probably out delivering Christmas gifts.

Best Sites for Adult ELL’s
This one looks real good. Totally appropriate for an adult intermediate class.

Oh, this one is good. I used to get their free downloads in my inbox all the time. It is worth signing up and then archiving the lessons for future use (just in case.) Scroll down for the Christmas activity.

Listening activity

Fluff Stuff
You could use this as a time filler. The videos (that I looked at) on the site were non-verbal and professionally done.

Santa at the North Pole

This is the link to the official NORAD Santa tracker. My BF’s hubby actually pulls this one up to get the girls excited about Santa Claus. You could throw it into the lesson as a transitional activity. While you are preparing for the next activity.  Tell the students that you are going to do a “random Santa Check.”

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