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                                                    Christmas Treasure Hunt and Group
                                                                           Discussion
                                                                            November 15 2003
  Speaking skills – reading about Christmas on the Internet and discussing own Christmas holiday

                                                                    Created by: ELT Network Website Team
Class Type                      Upper Secondary

Aim(s)                          To read for information and group discussion

Time                            60 minutes

Assumed Knowledge               Students know generally about Father Christmas / Santa Claus and that their
                                 are traditions such as Christmas trees and Christmas food.
Materials/Preparation            Access to the Internet in class or print off website pages
                                  Christmas Treasure Hunt worksheet
                                  Christmas Discussion Game worksheet
                                  Dice and counters

Procedure
1. Play Hangman with the word CHRISTMAS. Find out what the students know about Christmas and Santa
   Claus - Santa wears red and gives presents to children; he uses a sleigh to travel around the world;
   people put up Christmas Trees at this time of the year; people decorate shops and homes etc).
2. Tell students they are going to find out about the background to Christmas traditions by doing an Internet
   treasure hunt. Students work in pairs or small groups to find the answer on the Christmas Treasure Hunt
   worksheet. The activity should be done as a race so that the students practise scanning texts quickly for
   information rather than reading in detail. If you don’t have access to a computer room then print off the
   pages from the Internet and stick them around the class. You could number the pages and make sure the
   students know which ones to read in order to answer the questions.
3. Feedback: Students from different groups compare answers. The teacher then checks the answers with
   the class.
4. The students then get into groups of 4 or 5 to play the Christmas Discussion Game. The students take
   turns to role the dice and move their counters forward that number of squares. The students must speak
   about the topic on their square. With stronger classes you could encourage the students to say 2 or 3
   sentences about each topic. If they don’t then the other group members tell them to go back to the square
   they just moved from. The winner is the first student to reach the end of the board.




Follow-up/Syllabus Fit
You could follow this lesson with groups researching the different traditional customs for different countries.
They can use the Internet as a resource for this and they could present their findings in a PowerPoint
presentation or in a poster.
Visit these websites or look at the printed pages around the
classroom and answer the questions.


        What country did St Nicolas come from?
  1.
        http://www.wowcom.net/christmas97/day16/index.html


        What did he sometimes give to poor children?
  2.
        http://www.wowcom.net/christmas97/day16/index.html

     What country does the tradition of having a Christmas
  3. tree come from?
        http://www.wowcom.net/christmas97/day16/index.html
     What did St Nicolas’ name become shortened to in the
  4. Netherlands?
        http://www.wowcom.net/christmas97/day16/index.html

        What did Saint Nicolas put in the poor man’s stockings?
  5.
        http://www.holidays.net/christmas/stocking.htm


        How do they say “Merry Christmas” in France?
  6.
        http://www.christmas.com/pe/1427


        What is Santa going to find out?
  7.
        http://www.night.net/christmas/Santa-Come.html


        What name do British Children know Santa by?
  8.
        http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/british.html


        When does the word “carol” mean?
  9.
        http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/british.html


        What were the nine ladies doing in the song
  10.
        http://www.night.net/christmas/12-Days.html
TEACHER’S ANSWER KEY




Visit these websites or look at the printed pages around the
classroom and answer the questions.


        What country did St Nicolas come from?
  11.                                                             Turkey
        http://www.wowcom.net/christmas97/day16/index.html


        What did he sometimes give to poor children?
  12.                                                             Gifts
        http://www.wowcom.net/christmas97/day16/index.html

      What country does the tradition of having a Christmas
  13. tree come from?                                             Germany
        http://www.wowcom.net/christmas97/day16/index.html
      What did St Nicolas’ name become shortened to in the
  14. Netherlands?                                                Sinter Klass
        http://www.wowcom.net/christmas97/day16/index.html

        What did Saint Nicolas put in the poor man’s stockings?   3 small bags of
  15.
        http://www.holidays.net/christmas/stocking.htm            gold


        How do they say “Merry Christmas” in France?
  16.                                                             Joyeux Noel
        http://www.christmas.com/pe/1427


        What is Santa going to find out?                          Who’s naughty
  17.
        http://www.night.net/christmas/Santa-Come.html            or nice


        What name do British Children know Santa by?              Father
  18.
        http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/british.html         Christmas


        When does the word “carol” mean?
  19.                                                             Song of Joy
        http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/british.html


        What were the nine ladies doing in the song
  20.                                                             Dancing
        http://www.night.net/christmas/12-Days.html
                     Will you                          Describe a
                                                                          Is your
                      travel                          picture that
                                                                      Christmas tree
Sing a Christmas     overseas       GO BACK FIVE      you could see
                                                                       a real tree or
      song!         during the         SPACES              on a
                                                                        an artificial
                    Christmas                          Christmas
                                                                           tree?
                     holiday?                             card
  What is the
                                                                      Tell the group
most expensive                                                                                   Tell the group how
                                                                      everything you
   Christmas                                                                                      you usually spend
                                                                        know about
present you plan                                                                                   New Year's Eve
                                                                         reindeer
    to buy?

 Should the
                                                                         How many                  Name 10 foods
 Christmas
                                                                      presents do you             that are popular
 holidays be
                                                                        usually give?            for the Christmas
   longer?
                                                                          Who to?                      season
Why/Why not?
                                      YOU WIN!

 What is the                                                                                         How many
                                                                       Who will you
best Christmas                      GO BACK FIVE                                                  Christmas cards
                                                                       give presents
 present you                           SPACES                                                     did you receive
                                                                       to this year?
have ever got?                                                                                       last year?



 What will you                        How long is                        Name 4                   Describe what
eat on Christmas                    your Christmas                      Christmas                Santa Claus looks
      Day?                             holiday?                           songs                        like




 Do you enjoy
                                     GO BACK 4                        GO BACK FIVE                GO BACK FIVE
Christmas time?
                                      SPACES                             SPACES                      SPACES
Why/Why not?


                                       Does your
                                                                      Do you see your            Tell the group why
                                    family have any
GO BACK FIVE                                                            relatives at                Christmas is
                                        special
   SPACES                                                                Christmas               celebrated around
                                       Christmas
                                                                       time? Who?                     the world
                                      traditions?

                                                      Do you have a
                                                        Christmas      What is your
 Did you enjoy
                                    GO BACK FIVE       tree? What        favourite                GO BACK FIVE
last Christmas?
                                       SPACES          decorations       Christmas                   SPACES
Why/Why not?
                                                      do you put on    carol? Sing it
                                                           it?

 What do you                                                                                      Tell the group
  know about                                                                                     where you will go
 Santa Claus?                                                                                    on Christmas Day

If you could go                                        What would                                  Do you put up
                                    What activities
to any country     What did you                       you most like     How many                     Christmas
                                    would you like                                        GO
  during the           do on                           to get for       Christmas                decorations in your
                                     to do during                                       BACK 3
  Christmas          Christmas                            your         cards do you                 apartment?
                                    the Christmas                                       SPACES
holiday, where     Day last year?                      Christmas      send? Who to?               Yes- what? No-
                                       holiday?
 would you go?                                          present?                                       Why?

				
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