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History, Poems and Songs - Listening -
Interactive activities - Activities to print -
Lesson plans - Webquests -
Interactive games
- Games to print - Cartoons - Videos

(Updated on 11/10/2015)


Related pages :






Vocabulary :

  • Bonfire: Vocabulary - "Click any image to print or download a free PDF copy."


Pictures :



History, Poems and Songs :

  • The Gunpowder Plot: Three years in the making
    "We all know the story of Guy Fawkes and how he was caught as he tried to blow up the House of Lords with gunpowder. But it took more than one man on a single night to nearly change the course of British history.
    Thirteen conspirators conceived a terrorist plot on an unprecedented scale. They would blow up Parliament, which would wipe out the King and the whole establishment and trigger a popular uprising. Plotter Thomas Wintour's confession reveals all."



  • Guy Fawkes assembly resource - PowerPoint Presentation
    "Explain the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot to your students using this richly illustrated, easy-to-follow PowerPoint presentation - perfect for assemblies."



  • Bonfire Night - November 5th - history and rhymes associated with the Gunpowder Plot (easy)


Listening :

  • Guy Fawkes - 2 worksheets - Niveau 5ème
    Worksheet 1 (Compréhension écrite) + Worksheet 2 (Compréhension orale)
    Created by Christine Even Morin (Ac. Rennes)



INTERACTIVE activities :


  • Quiz 2 : a text with 9 questions - Multiple-choice exercise (



Activities TO PRINT :


  • How to make a Guy - a worksheet
    Created by Dulce Araujo (Ac. Nancy-Metz)
    - with a video

    "Niveau 5ème - Travail sur le vocabulaire des vêtements, visage et corps, les exclamations…"



  • The Gunpowder Plot - a worksheet with a video - Niveau 4ème
    Created by Dulce Araujo (Ac. Nancy-Metz)



Lesson plans :

  • Bonfire Night - a lesson
    "This lesson is aimed at lower level students with a variety of activities related to Bonfire night.
    Students will do a jigsaw reading to complete a text about Bonfire night, they will then discuss their own opinions about it.
    Students will design a Bonfire night menu, thinking about the food they would like to eat whilst watching fireworks.
    They will learn a popular Bonfire night rhyme and focus on pronunciation, before a final group work activity where they will produce a firework safety poster."


  • Bonfire Night - Activities (

  • Bonfire Night
    "Free lessons, online games and printable worksheets for adult learners and kids at all levels of English
    - vocabulary, reading, worksheets, spelling and grammar activities, word games and quizzes."


  • Bonfire Night - Resources : History - Posters - Videos ...


  • Festivals of Light : Resource packs "around 4 Festivals of Light: Diwali, Hanukkah, Saint Lucia and theGunpowder Plot, from the Symbols Inclusion Project.

    This pack contains materials about four Festivals of Light.

    • Diwali : 19 activities including stories, a play script, picture and vocabulary books and activities for individual and small group work.
    • Hanukkah : 9 activities including the story of Hanukkah in a text and symbol supported versions, plus activities for individuals and small groups.
    • Saint Lucia : 8 activities including a story, wordsearch and information on the festival of St Lucia
    • Gunpowder Plot : 11 activities including stories, individual and groupwork. This includes a firework safety leaflet as well as a recipe and quiz.

In each set there are a number of resources for whole class work, small groups and independent workers. 
There are symbol - supported stories, text onlystories, information sheets, recipes, crosswords, word searches and many more."

  • The Gunpowder Plot - with Activities : Wordsearch / Crossword / Quickquiz
    (History on the Net)
  • Bonfire Night - a lesson (British Council)
    Theme: Bonfire Night in the UK
    Lexical area: Festivals


Webquests :


  • November the fifth - a worksheet
    "Visit the sites ... to find out more about it and answer the questions."
    - questions suivies de mots croisés et d'un exercice sur le passif
    (Annie Gwynn)




  • Gunpowder Plot Game - advanced (BBC)
    "Answer the questions against the clock to track down the fizzing fuse..."

Games TO PRINT :

  • Bonfire Night Crossword
    "It's Guy Fawkes Day today and Bonfire Night tonight in the UK, so here's a crossword to mark the occasion.
    Click here to download a PDF version with solution, and here for an interactive online version for mobile devices.
    For Guy Fawkes Day resources from previous years, click here."

    + Related articles


Cartoons :


  • Cartoon: Firework Day
    "Today, November 5th, is Firework Day (aka  Guy Fawkes Day) in Britain, an annual event when people let off fireworks and light bonfires in commemoration of the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605..."





Videos :


  • David Cameron effigy burns at Lewes bonfire night – video - 6 November 2015
    "Thousands of people gather in Lewes, East Sussex, for the annual bonfire night celebrations on Thursday.
    Onlookers are joined by an effigy of David Cameron wearing union flag underpants and holding a pig’s head.
    The event also sees effigies of Sepp Blatter and Jeremy Clarkson parading the streets."




  • Bonfire Night - a video
    "Every November people in Britain go out and celebrate Bonfire Night. What is it? Watch the video and find out all about it!"





  • Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night - Pocket History 1
    "Remember, remember the 5th of November...
    It's November 5th and the night is full of fire and explosions, but no problems. This is the annual British event called 'Bonfire Night'.
    So what's the story behind the pyrotechnics? Well, we have to go back to the time of King James 1 in the 17th Century to find out."

    This video is aimed at upper intermediate students.
    Thanks to Paul Carr for this new video!


  • 'V for Vendetta' - Part 1 (VIDEO not available)
    Le début du film parle de Guy Fawkes.
    + the SCRIPT (


  • Remember, Remember the 5th of November
    "Remember, Remember the 5th of November
    The Gun powder, Teason and Plot
    I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot."



  • Bonfire Night - "What happens to Guy Fawkes every November 5th?"