Unit 5: Months & Dates


  • In this lesson, ESL/EFL students will learn how to talk about months, dates and festivals.
  • The focus will be on months of the year and dates on which different festivals occur.
  • English learners will also learn cardinal and ordinal numbers from 1-31.
  • This ESL kids lesson teaches vocabulary for the twelve months of the year and festivals.

Main Lesson Materials & Study Steps

months-festivals video lesson

1st –This cartoon animated video features a short dialogue, followed by vocabulary and sentence breakdown. It is essential for introducing the words, phrases, grammar, spelling and sentences of the lesson in context. Watch repeatedly to master the content. The video plays on any device.

months-festivals game

2nd – Then the student plays this fun game after watching the video, to practice the contents of the lesson. The game reviews key vocabulary, grammar and sentences from the lessons. This game can be played on any device.

months-festivals test

3rd – Finally the learner takes this test of the unit. The score of this test is captured in the LMS and gives educators an idea of how well their learner is doing. The test opens on any device – mobile & PC.

Worksheets for the Unit

The worksheets below are useful for offline and classroom activities. These printable exercises directly correlate with the above lesson 'Months Dates'. Every worksheet comes with an answer sheet on the second page for educators.

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Lesson Story:

Freddie, Lisa and friends are coming home from school. Lisa, who is not so good at dates, invites Sally to her upcoming birthday party. A conversation on months of the year reveals that Lisa only knows her birthday. She gets to learn about the months of the year and the dates of different festivals like New Year's Day, Halloween and Christmas.


Months of the year- January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. Festivals - Christmas, Halloween, New Year's Day, birthday.

Ordinal Numbers - First, second, third, fourth, fifth, twentieth, twenty-first.

Key Sentences/Grammar

  • My birthday is on May 2nd.
  • We are in April.
  • When is your birthday, Freddie?
  • My birthday is on August 31st.
  • Christmas is on December 25th.
  • Bob's birthday is just before Christmas.

Capital Letters for Months of the Year

This lesson also focuses on using capital letters at the beginning of the months of the year and names of festivals.

Ordinal vs. Cardinal Numbers

  • Halloween is on October 31st. (ordinal numbers)
  • There are 31 days in October.  (cardinal numbers)

Capital Letters at Start of Months & Festivals

  • My birthday is on May 2nd. NOT My birthday is on may 2nd.
  • When is Christmas? NOT When is christmas?
  • When is Halloween? NOT When is halloween?

Suffixes of Ordinal Numbers

  • We add the suffix  '-st, -nd, -rd, -th' to cardinal numbers to write ordinal numbers - example 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. An ordinal number is used to show position or rank in a sequential order. When talking about dates, we often use ordinal numbers to indicate the position of a number relative to the others. For example there 31 days in December and Christmas in on the 25th day of December.

This lesson is part of the Level 3 English course.

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