You'll love these Winter Holidays ESL Activities that will help your students feel confident and connected to their community this holiday season!
So, if you’re here, I’m assuming you need some Winter Holidays ESL activities. Maybe you LOVE Christmas but know most of your class doesn’t celebrate the season with decorated trees and stockings on the mantle. Perhaps you’re looking for an educational way to incorporate a little fun during one of the most challenging times of year to be a teacher.
Or maybe you’re like me, standing in front of a sweet child who hasn’t learned how to answer “What’s your name?” yet, desperately trying to explain why there’s suddenly a big man in a red suit all over town.
Figuring out winter holidays ESL activities is tricky, and there’s a lot to balance. On the one hand, you want to be inclusive, include all sorts of holidays, and represent your students’ cultures. On the other hand, you might have some newcomers in your class, which means one of your most important jobs is explaining culture and the things students see around town.
It’s possible to strike a balance, though! With these 4 easy winter holidays ESL activities, you can bring the magic of the season to your classroom, mixed in with a bit of academics to keep the English Language Learning going!
Holiday magic doesn’t have to just be about Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza! Let students pick their favorite holiday to share with the class!
Even older students will love a bit of winter crafting! Paper snowflakes are a great place to start, and I’ve found that many of my newcomers 1) Seriously need some scissors practice and 2) Are absolutely AMAZED when they unfold their papers to see a snowflake! No matter the grade you teach, your classroom will look like a winter wonderland within the week.
Creating snow globes and gingerbread houses are also great options for your students! They’ll love the chance to get a little silly and just be a kid, especially with the stress of the end of the quarter
Read All About It!
Whether you’re short on class time, have an administrator who isn’t so fond of crafts, or you just want to incorporate a bit of holiday magic into every part of your class, reading about holiday traditions is for you!
Find articles about holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, or Lunar New Year, and use them to guide your comprehension lessons! Students will love the chance to mix up their routines and read about holidays around the world, and they’ll learn comprehension skills along with some cool new facts!
Sponsor a Child
No matter the holiday you celebrate, it’s pretty clear that December is the season of giving. Consider sponsoring a child as a class! Whether you pick an ornament off of the tree at the mall or partner with an organization in your community, sponsoring a child is one of the most meaningful winter holidays ESL activities out there. Students can work together to brainstorm and create a fundraiser, track their budget, and write letters to the child when it’s time to share their gift. The academic potential is there, but giving your students the chance to give back to their community and help someone in need is priceless.
Planning winter holidays ESL Lessons can seem challenging, but even the most simple activities can be a huge hit! Your students will love getting in the magic of the season, sharing their favorite holidays and traditions, and learning more about holidays celebrated in their new home.
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