Christmas with the Snowman

The Snowman

The beautifully animated film ‘The Snowman‘ formed the basis of several groups’ final Christmas and Winter themed lessons. We firstly learnt some warm winter clothing nouns, then we had fun either trying them on or winter dressing a live ‘snowman’.

Winter Clothes

We then watched the film, in full or in part, naming things and animals as we went along. Our next step was to create snowmen for ourselves, so out came our scissors, glue and colours. 🙂

The-Snowman with cake

However, what is a winter without Christmas? So, over the final lessons we played with Christmas words, outlined Santa’s tasks, and sang Christmas songs. And to top it off we created funny old Father Christmases of our very own.

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Robotic Christmas

The final Sveti Ivan primary school project of 2012 was a two week project concerning robots.

We began our first session with a look at the distinction between real and make-believe robots by watching some wall-e shorts and the Honda Asimo commercial. Then we started working with some humanoid robotic worksheets to learn the names of humanoid body parts. We began by looking at the head, then we continued to the basic body nouns, and  finished off with naming our main movable joints.

At the end of our first session we got funky, and got up from our chairs to dance robotic Gangnam style. It was fantastic.

The second session of the project was also ‘Christmas week’, so we had a robotic Christmas session. I first attempted to amaze the young learners with a look at icub.

It worked! 🙂 So, as a class we took the opportunity to translate the video’s key verbs into Italian and Slovenian.

We next looked at some Christmas vocabulary with the help of some internet generated worksheets and then got robotically funky again with Electronic Santa Claus.

The kids loved that one! We finished up the lesson with a little creativity, as the children drew their own Electronic Santas. 🙂

John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War is Over)

The words written in bold are incorrect. Can you correct them?

So this is Christmas
And what have you thumbed
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have a run
The near and the dear ones
The cold and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any beer

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for Kong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so strong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For mellow and dead ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any beer

And so this is Christmas
And what have we thumbed
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have a run
The near and the dear ones
The cold and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any beer

War is over
If you want it
War is over
Now…

Correct lyrics

‘A Christmas Carol’ for English Language Learners

A great story on a great YouTube channel.

Frank Sinatra – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

 

You better watch out,
you better not cry,
you better not pout I’m tellin’ you why,

Santa Cause is comin’ to town.

He’s makin’ a list checkin’ it twice,
he’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice,

Santa Clause is comin’ to town.

He sees you when your sleepin’,
he knows when your awake,
he knows if you been bad or good,
so be good  for goodness sake.

You better watch out,
you better not cry,
you better not pout I’m tellin’ you why,

Santa Claus is comin’ to town.

He sees you when your sleepin’
he knows when your awake,
he knows if you been bad or good,
so be good, be good, for goodness sake.

You better watch out,
you better not cry,
you better not pout I’m tellin’ you why,

Santa Claus is comin’ to town.

Yes, he’s on his way,
he’s got toys all over the sleigh,

Santa Claus is comin’ to town.

 

Makin’ – Making

Checkin’ – Checking

Tellin’ – Telling

Comin’ – Coming

Sleepin’ – Sleeping

Gonna – Going to

Bing Crosby and Virginia Dale- White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten,

and children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white