5 Minutes Prep - 2 Hour Interactive Lesson!
Your students will notice the ubiquitous hearts and flowers on Valentine's Day. Help them crack the cultural code by teaching about this widely observed special day in Anglo-culture.
Looking for a game to play to review Christmas information? Learning about the holidays is not just fun, it helps students crack our cultural code. I've made three sets of review questions for Christmas and two game templates for playing with them. You could use the game templates for reviewing any material.
Labour Day / Labor Day is celebrated in both Canada and America on the first Monday in September. I've created strip stories and worksheets for American and Canadian ELL students that are free for non-commercial classroom teacher use only. Just click on the images below and a PDF will pop up that you can print out. If they are too simple for your level, please pass them on to a teacher who could use them or send them a link to this page. If you are looking for something for intermediate level, check out this page.
Not all countries celebrate Father's Day (or even Mother's Day) so it's a nice tradition to teach students about. If you have adult students, even if they don't plan to celebrate, they may be surprised to get a card their son or daughter has made in elementary school.
When studying about Canada (or America, Australia, etc.) with a beginner class, students need to know some basic geography words. Here are nine essential simple geography words:
Earth Hour is an annual symbolic gesture to unite with other people of the world in a commitment to protect the Earth. The simple act of turning off lights is easy to convey to low beginners.
Field testers are welcome to test as few or as many pages as they wish until testing is completed circa May 1, 2018.
The most common ESL activity for the first class back after New Year's is writing New Year's Resolutions. It’s a great way for beginner classes to practice the future tense and can make for some fun reading if posted in the classroom.
This lesson is suited to classes learning the names of Canada's provinces and territories and their abbreviations and to those learning the names of the statutory holidays of Canada. It is also relevant to study of employment law.
Help your students crack the cultural code with a simple story on Veterans Day. This story is created for very low beginners. If it's not right for your level, perhaps you could pass it on to another teacher who could use it--it's completely free to download for classroom teacher use.