Unit 9 – Festivals Holidays ESL Kids Lesson
Unit 9: Festivals & Holidays
- Teach English learners the names of different festivals and celebrations across the globe.
- Teach ESL/EFL young learners key vocabulary, actions verbs and expressions used when talking about the things we do during festivals.
- This ESL kids lesson enable learners to quickly associate specific actions with specific festivals.
- Tacitly introduce the idea that statements can be turned into questions in conversations by use of an inflectional intonation at the end – Example: Eight days of presents? Such questions are usually exclamatory and rhetorical in nature.
Main Lesson Materials & Study Steps
Freddie, Lisa and their parents are unwrapping Christmas presents sent by Santa. A conversation about different festivals begins. Freddie and Lisa get to learn a lot about different festivals from Mom and Dad.
|St. Patrick’s Day|
|dress up||in costumes|
- We celebrate Christmas in December.
- We get presents from Santa.
- We unwrap the presents on Christmas morning.
- During Hanukkah we play a game called dreidel.
- On Valentine’s Day, we exchange cards.
- On Thanksgiving, we eat a big turkey.
- Parents give money to children in red packets during the Spring Festival.
- On St. Patrick’s Day, we dress up in green costumes.
Freddie: Wow! Santa brought me a leap blaster! So cool!
Lisa: He brought me the doll I wanted!
Freddie: I love Santa. I love Christmas!
Lisa: It’s my favorite holiday!
Mom: What other holidays do you like, Lisa?
Lisa: Well, I really like Valentine’s Day.
Dad: What do you like about Valentine’s Day?
Lisa: I like exchanging cards and getting chocolate.
Mom: Do you know why we have Valentine’s Day, Lisa?
Lisa: No. Why?
Mom: It’s a chance for everyone to show someone they love them.
Freddie: Do you know my favorite holiday, Mom?
Mom: No, what is it, Freddie?
Freddie: I love Thanksgiving!
Lisa: What do you like about Thanksgiving, Freddie?
Freddie: We get to eat a big turkey!
Mom: Do you know why we have Thanksgiving, Freddie?
Freddie: We are supposed to be thankful, right?
Dad: Yes, Freddie. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the people in your life and what you have.
Lisa: Does everyone celebrate Thanksgiving?
Dad: Other countries celebrate it differently. In Canada, they celebrate it in October!
Freddie: But it’s supposed to be in November!
Dad: In America, yes. But in Canada it’s different. Different countries celebrate holidays differently.
Freddie: What about Christmas? Does everyone celebrate Christmas?
Mom: Different countries celebrate Christmas differently, and some people don’t celebrate Christmas at all.
Lisa: They don’t celebrate Christmas? What do they celebrate?
Mom: Well, people who are Jewish celebrate Hanukkah. They have eight days of presents and they play a game called dreidel.
Lisa: Wow! Eight days of presents?
Mom: Yes. But only one or two presents each day.
Lisa: That’s so cool.