Around the world :
Online Schools: Holiday Zone
" Ever wondered what other countries do around the holidays?
Do you want to learn about how others celebrate?
These resources provide activities and lessons for K-6 students.
Learn about diverse customs through games, food and fun lesson plans."
Recommended by Kelly Buckley
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- The Earth Calendar
is a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world.
(Pour un jour donné, vous obtenez toutes les fêtes de ce
jour dans le monde entier)
Quest World Tour -
"Join Parsifal and Ophelia as they sample the delicious cuisines,
play the games, see the museums full of arts, crafts and
history, hear the folktales and learn about the holidays &
festivals of many of the world's cultures." (ipl.org)
holidays - (festivals.com)
"Click on a region of the world to explore the countries and
their national days."
December Celebrations (Education World) :
Christmas / Hanukah / Kwanzaa / Las Posadas / Ramadan
( Date - Countries - Foods - Symbols - Key Words / Decorations - Songs
- Gifts - Stories - Light/Candles )
UK / US :
Customs and Traditions (written by kids - Woodlands
Junior School Kent)
English dos and don'ts - Facts about England - Traditional Foods - Festivals
and Special Days - Royal Traditions -
Flags and Emblems - Education
in Britain - Songs, Sayings and Superstitions
Up Helly Aa :
Up Helly Aa
"refers to any of a variety of fire festivals held in Shetland, in Scotland, annually in the middle of winter to mark the end of the yule season.
The festival involves a procession of up to a thousand guizers in Lerwick and considerably lower numbers in the more rural festivals, formed into squads who march through the town or village in a variety of themed costumes...
The procession culminates in the torches being thrown into a replica Viking longship or galley."
SHROVE TUESDAY and
Parliamentary pancake race
"The House of Lords team have won the annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race against their rivals from the Commons.
The race, which is contested outside the Houses of Parliament, is held every Shrove Tuesday and sees Lords and MPs from all major parties flipping pancakes around Victoria Gardens, Westminster.
The contest is held to raise awareness for the charity Rehab, which supports people with disabilities, others with brain and spinal injuries and mental health difficulties."
1 Shrove Tuesday traditions in Britain, Ireland, and Australia
1.1 Pancake Day
2 Shrove Tuesday traditions particular to England
2.1 Pancake Races
2.2 The Pancake Greaze
2.3 Shrove Tuesday Football
3 Other cultures that eat a particular food on the day before
THE BIG EGG HUNT :
The Big Egg Hunt - 12 images
"The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt takes place throughout London from Feb 21 - March 31. For its duration, over 200 eggs decorated by different designers, artists and celebrities will be strewn across the capital. The project will raise funds for the charities Action for Children and Elephant Family."
Horn Dance :
- The Horn
"The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, performed at the Barthelmy
Fair in August 1226, is one of the few ritual rural customs to survive
the passage of time.
Today the Horn Dance, which takes place annually
on Wakes Monday, offers a fascinating day out attracting visitors from all over the world..."
"The words ... are some of the most important used when talking
(with Pronunciation, Example Sentences and Definitions )
CLIPARTS and FLASHCARDS :
Images (esl-library.com) :
Christmas Images - Easter - St Patrick's Day - Valentines Images
(aussi en ESPAGNOL) flashcards
Click on FLASHCARD LIBRARY.
à envoyer (123Greetings)
- Matching exercise (with pictures) - interactive (csmm.qc.ca)
- "Match each picture on the left with its celebration on the
right." (interactive) - (absolutenglish-972)
- Vocabulary - "Match the words on the left with their definition
on the right." (interactive)
- Celebrations - Dates
- "Match the celebration on the left with its date." (interactive)
LESSON PLANS :
- celebrations and events
- a lesson proposed by Randall S. Davis (esl-lab)
- a list of commonly-used vocabulary with a recording of the
words in RealMedia format.
- a short quiz to test students' comprehension of some
of the words,
- a Follow-Up exercise for expanding students' use
of the vocabulary in a conversation with a partner or group.
and Observances: Looking at Diversity and Culture
- a lesson plan (thirteen.org)
Introductory Activity : What We Already Know
Activity 1: Writing About a Favorite Holiday
Activity 2: Research on Holidays
Culminating Activity : Making a Display about Holidays and Culture
for Pre-Intermediate - Intermediate
- SCAVENGER HUNT (erp.oissel.onac)
(Labor Day, Grandparents'Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Guy Fawkes, Thanksgiving,
Christmas, New Year's Day, Boxing Day, Valentine's Day,
Day, Easter, Arbor Day.)
- CELEBRATIONS - a
webquest to know about foreign countries. - different
"research the origins of these holidays by using
multimedia encyclopedias, books, and the Internet." (newbedford.k12.ma.us)
INTERACTIVE games :
Weather quiz - interactive
Sun, rain, thunder - test yourself on the British summer
"The weather on St Swithin's Day was a typical British mixture - sunny spells and cloud, heavy showers and light drizzle.
The Magazine tests your knowledge of all things summertime with a weather quiz, starting with the legend of St Swithin himself."
Games TO PRINT :