History of Halloween Halloween falls on October 31st each year in North America and other parts of the world. What do you know about Halloween? Do you celebrate it in your country? Here is a little history about it. Vocabulary to evolve (v)- to change little by little spirit (n)- ghost, some people believe the spirit and body separate when a person diesholy (adj)- sacred, very good, related to religion. Like many other holidays, Halloween has evolved and changed throughout history. More than a thousand years ago the Christian church named November 1 All Saints Day (also called All Hallows.) Like the Celts, the Europeans of that time also believed that the spirits of the dead would visit the earth on Halloween. The tradition of Halloween was carried to America by the immigrating Europeans. These days Halloween is not usually considered a religious holiday. Happy Halloween! Check Your Understanding True or False. 1. True False 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Halloween | History of Halloween | Trick or Treating | Making Jack-o'-lanterns Halloween is a festival that takes place every year on October 31. It is a time when children and adults dress up in costumes, go trick or treating and make jack-o-lanterns from empty pumpkins . Halloween goes back to the customs and traditions of the Celts , who lived between Ireland and Northern France about 2000 years ago. They were pagans who did not believe in god. They thought that witches , demons and the spirits of dead people wandered around the world on the evening before November 1. In ancient Rome the festival of Pomona was held in honour of the Roman goddess of fruits and gardens. Today Halloween is celebrated mainly by children who dress up as ghosts, witches and other evil spirits . In 1950 a school class in a small American neighborhood started collecting money instead of asking for treats. In many European countries people visit the graves of their relatives on All Saints’ or All Souls’ Day . A Jack-o'-lantern for Halloween Online Exercises
Halloween Horror Story The Life and Death of a Pumpkin won the Best Short Film and Best Concept at the 2006 Chicago Horror Film Festival. It was directed by Aaron Yonda, who is probably best known for his part in the Chad Vader series. Note that some of the language in the story is quite grotesque. Please be aware of this and be sympathetic to your students. Language level: Intermediate; Upper intermediate (B1; B2)Learner type: Teens; AdultsTime: 45 minutes (+ Follow up)Activity: Reading (+ Writing follow up)Topic: Halloween; HorrorLanguage: Past perfectMaterials: Video clip; Worksheet Lesson plan summary Write the following on the board and ask students to suggest words that could fill the gap: (Possibilities include: sad, news, love, ghost, horror, tragic, true, etc) Tell students that they are going to hear a story. Note: It is very important that you play the video / audio from 0:12 after the words “I am a pumpkin. Let students share their ideas.Give out copies of the word cloud. Halloween Horror Story
Christmas Day in the UK December is here and many people are starting to think about Christmas. In some places preparations for Christmas such as displays in shops and lights in the streets start as early as October! I am living in Spain at the moment, last year I spent Christmas in Finland and this year I will be spending Christmas with my family in the UK. It is very interesting to experience the different traditions in different countries during Christmas time. In my family, we usually get up very early on Christmas day and open our presents. My mother likes French food, so we have a French style breakfast with bread, croissants and lots of different cheeses. Some people go to church at Christmas and I go on my own because I am the only Christian in my family. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember the meaning of Christmas.
Halloween Worksheets and Activities Lanternfish has a variety of different activities for Halloween. Just click on the worksheet below. It may take a while to open as most of the files are MS Word documents. Happy Halloween! Crosswords: What monster likes blood? Halloween Crossword 1 Halloween Crossword 2 Monster Madness Ultimate Halloween Crossword (Hard) All About Witches All About Vampires Answer Key for Ultimate Halloween Crossword Scrambled Pumpkins: Students unscramble pumpkins to find out what monsters eat for breakfast on Halloween morning: Halloween Scrambled Pumpkins Word Searches: Students find 33 Halloween words hidden in the backdrop of a haunted house. Halloween Search Easy1 Halloween Search Easy2 Halloween Word Search Hard Reading Comprehension and Creative Writing: Students read a page-long beginning to a spooky Halloween story. Haunted House Reading and Writing Relative Clause Grammar Practice: Students use the relative clause is a monster that to define Halloween monsters. Kinds of Monsters Halloween Word Scrambles:
Christmas quiz Halloween Halloween is celebrated on 31st October and is becoming increasingly popular amongst teenagers across Europe. This lesson plan focuses on a series of activities designed to focus on different skills, all related to Halloween. The activities can be adapted, so choose the most suitable for your group, taking into account their language levels and interests. Aims: • To review vocabulary related to Halloween• To practise reading skills• To practise adjectives for describing clothes• To practise speaking skills in a discussion• To practise writing skills with short poems / stories Age group: Teens Level: A2 – B2 Time: 60+ minutes Materials: Halloween Lesson plan Internet links: -Lots of resources from our LearnEnglish Kids page with flashcards etc. By: Clare Lavery Copyright – Please read All the materials on these pages are free and available for you to download and copy for educational use only.
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BusyTeacher.org Mobile This creative writing exercise can be used as an extra resource when teaching students about Halloween. Students are asked to create a story titled 'A Spooky Night'. Make your story as imaginative as possible! This worksheet was created by PrimaryLeap.co.uk Christmas Stories Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from American Literature! Enjoy Christmas with your family! Here are some favorite Christmas stories for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season. The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen The Gift of the Magi - O. Merry Christmas - Stephen Leacock Papa Panov's Special Christmas - Leo Tolstoy The Elves and the Shoemaker - The Brothers Grimm The Other Wise Man - Henry Van Dyke The First Christmas Tree - Henry Van Dyke A Kindapped Santa Claus - L. The Last Dream of Old Oak - Hans Christian Andersen 'Twas the Night before Christmas - Clement Clarke Moore The Christmas Masquerade - Mary E. A Burglar's Christmas - Willa Cather A Dream-story: The Christmas Angel - Henry Van Dyke Christmas Every Day - William Dean Howells A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens What Christmas is as We Grow Older - Charles Dickens A Child's Christmas in Wales - Dylan Thomas Christmas or The Good Fairy - Harriet Beecher Stowe The Christmas Wreck - Frank Stockton Little Bun Rabbit - L.