Snega još nema ali možete ga prizvati sa svojim učenicima. Sunčani dani su nam svima izmamili osmehe  pa smo raspoloženi za zabavne aktivnosti. Nastavnici stranih jezika su i kulturni ambasadori pa tako učenicima približavaju istoriju, tradiciju i način života zemalja čiji jezik predaju. Mi vam ovog puta predlažemo da sa đacima, neke od tradicionalnih prazničnih igara tzv. parlour games koje su zaživele u viktorijanskom periodu, pretvorite u classroom games.   Charades, bingo, igre memorije ili se držite klasika, obradite Gingerbread man priču, organizujte kviz. Uveselite se u pokušajima da prevedete engleske idiome: Like turkeys voting for an early Christmas, Be no angel, Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle, Cold turkey…


Telegrams

Somebody chooses a word and everyone must write a telegram as an acronym of this word. So, if the first word is "Christmas", then the first word must begin with C, the second with H and so on. To match the telegram style your sentence must contain information in the form of an urgent message. Award three points for the top telegram in each round, two to the second and one to the third. At the end of four or five rounds declare a winner.


Memory test

As many players as you like!

The objective: To remember as many items removed from a tray as you can

How to play:
Get 10 to 15 small Christmas items and place on a tray.

Try things like a Christmas stocking, maybe one or more ornaments, Christmas cookiescookie cutters, wrapping paper, Christmas candle, bow, Christmas movie, nutcracker, sweets, etc…

Set the tray down or walk around with the tray and allow students to study it for 1 or 2 minutes. Then take the tray out of the room.

Now give everyone a piece of paper and a pencil and have them write down (or draw) as many of the items as they can remember. The one with the most correct items written down wins.



Festive alphabet

 
The objective: To pick a Christmas/winter related word for every letter of the alphabet

How to play: Take some paper and write down every letter of the alphabet vertically down the length of the page.

Put the players into small teams and let them think of a Christmas related word for each letter. The first team to finish all the letters wins.


Charades

You can use charades as speaking game to review whatever vocabulary you’re studying. For example, verbs work especially well. Write out some phrases or words that can be easily acted out on small pieces of paper and put them in an envelope.

Divide the class up into two teams. The first team sends one person, the captain up to the front and they have to act out and describe in English as many things as they can in two minutes. Alternatively, you can have each team member rotate through the captain role during a single 3-4 minute round.

The first person describes the first word and after their team guesses it, they go to the back of the line and the next person is up. Then the next team goes. You can do as many rounds as you want with different captains.

If you have a big class, you can reverse this game for some more action for the audience. Instead of the audience guessing the word or phrase, the captain can. The audience has to act it out.

Also consider the size of your classroom. The students from each team should be able to see the person acting it out. You can have students move their chairs closer to the front of the classroom if necessary.


Bingo

You can make up a Christmas themed one for your students, but you may have to pre-teach them some vocabulary. Choose around 30 words. Or, even better, elicit Christmas words from your students and write them on the board. Give students a blank grid, and they can choose which words to include and where to put them. You can either say a word, or instead, describe the word and students have to choose the correct one.


Christmas Puzzles or Word Searches

http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/


Christmas A to Z 

If you know that your students have a decent knowledge of all things Christmas vocabulary, then you may want to start with the A-Z warm-up activity. It’s ideal for helping to activate students’ prior knowledge about a topic.The way it works is that you put students into groups of 2-3. Then, they write the alphabet down on a piece of paper. After that, they have to think of as many Christmas vocab words as possible (one/letter). The winner is the team with the most words at the end of the activity. For example:

C=Card

E=Elf

P=Present

S=Santa

T=Tree


Santa Says

A play on Simon Says, this activity targets verbs and action words: jump, run on the spot, touch your nose, hop, do a twirl, crouch down, etc. Up the Christmas spirit by having Santa ask the class to repeat holiday activities with him (decorate the tree, make Christmas cookies, write a letter to Santa, eat pudding, and unwrap presents).


Find someone who…

Create a grid with a number of Christmas-related statements. Tell your class that they must mingle as a group to ask each other questions to identify who matches each statement. For example:

  • Would prefer a white Christmas this year
  • Can make a traditional Christmas meal
  • Hasn’t bought any Christmas presents yet
  • Has never spent Christmas away from their family
  • Loves Christmas decorations
  • Has an unusual family Christmas tradition
  • Is not very “Christmassy”

Preteach any vocabulary that might cause problems and make sure students know how to form questions from the given statements. Afterwards, students can provide feedback on what they learned.


Christmas tongue twisters

Tongue twisters always get a laugh! Start with:

  • Running reindeer romp ’round red wreaths
  • Chilly chipper children chant cheerfully
  • Eleven elves licked eleven little licorice lollipops
  • There’s chimney soot on Santa’s suit
  • Frosty froze frequently, furthermore fell on frozen frost freezing his fiddly thumbs
  • Prancer presents pumpkin pies and presents
  • Pretty packages perfectly packed in paper
  • Tiny Timmy trims the tall tree with tinsel

Or simply do various arts & crafts activities.

Idioms presentation

Interactive worksheets

Memory game

Picture quiz


You could bring in a small prize for the winning team. For example, some treat size chocolate bars, sweets…or, prize bag filled with things like erasers, pencils, and other common school supplies for the kids to pick from.