View Full Version : Yabai! Need a surefire X-mas plan!

December 13th, 2010, 08:07
So I already rock out good lesson plans at my elementary schools, and Christmas is no different.

BUT... my middle school is going to give me a full hour for each class for Christmas. I suppose I could come up with some mediocre plan and push through the lack of enthusiasm from my san nensei, but kencho (prefectural "bigshots") will be there to observe. So I`d like to make it better than just okay.

Anyone have any Christmas games/activities/whatever that worked especially well?


December 13th, 2010, 08:54
Last year I did the Twelve Days of Christmas with the kids putting their own presents in, having to remember what everyone else said. Worked quite well, and because I let them pick who was going next, there were a few laughs as well.

December 13th, 2010, 10:17
Oh, sweet; that's a good idea!

December 16th, 2010, 09:52
I'll trade you JHS Christmas lesson ideas for elementary lesson ideas! I'm at a loss when it comes to my Christmas lesson for my elementary rokunensei...

For middle school I start with a maru/batsu game where they have to guess whether statements I make about Christmas are true or not. This ranges from easy (In America, Santa wears red and green) to hard (Santa has 9 reindeer... they never get this one!). It is a good chance to explain about differences in Christmas practices in a fun way (family versus date night, KFC and Christmas cake versus home cooked meal) etc. I usually time this about 15 minutes, winning group gets stickers.

Then I usually do a song. This year my teacher wanted "Last Christmas" for my ichinensei. It is a pretty difficult song though, so I just did the chorus and gave them katakana along with the English for the rest to follow along. I usually do Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer if there is no teacher request. We did Silent Night once, but the slower songs are a bit boring I think. Cut a few words and have them fill in the blanks OR cut the song in pieces and have them unscramble the sentences to keep them paying attention, then practice the song a time or two and have them sing.

Finally, I usually have a wind-down activity like a wordsearch or crossword for the final time and play Christmas music during it. Usually they don't finish in the last 5-10 minutes, so I tell them if they do they can come find me for a stamp or sticker.

December 17th, 2010, 14:19
I just had a 90 ES Christmas lesson. "Duck Duck Goose" with "Elf Elf Santa" went over big time. A great way to run ES classes is introduce the day's vocab and then just base various games around it.

Also, god damn "Last Christmas". Fuck Wham!.