Please find below a selection of Christmas resources for German, French, Spanish and Italian. We hope you find them helpful for planning Christmas lessons and activities.
Ideas for lessons or class activities
- Describe a snowman. Draw a snowman without your partner seeing. Describe your snowman to partner. Partner has to draw it. Do they match? Good for reinforcing adjectives, body parts, colours and clothing.
- Make an class advent calendar. Behind each door have a French/German word or a small gift/sweet.
- Advent books – wrap up your favourite foreign language story books. Choose a child to unwrap one each day you’re in school for advent. Read that story to the class.
- Singing – learn a traditional Christmas song to perform in assembly.
- Learn about the cultural events which take place during Christmas in the target language country. Ask pupils to research or create a quiz about an event.
- Interview a native speaker or parent about their Christmas experience.
- Play a traditional game from the country.
- Create a Christmas triarama. Examples can be found here.
- Design a Christmas tree decoration with an MFL twist. Make and hang on a Christmas tree in the classroom.
- Create a shape poem. Draw an outline of a Christmas shape and inside include lots of target language vocabulary linked to that image.
- Design a language Christmas jumper. You could even buy cheap T shirts and create your design using fabric pens.
Read Wunderbare Weihnachtsstimmung by Colleen Marshman on German Christmas food.
UK-German Connection has a range of Christmas resources which can be found here.
On line Christmas games
The Frozen song in German with lyrics
Stille Nacht by Nana Mouskouri
Traditional German Christmas songs
Information on the history and culture of Nikolaustag can be found here
Wikipedia information on Saint Nicholas’ Day across Europe
Book suggestion – P’tit loup qui prépare le Noël
Italian Advent calendar: Calendario dell’Avvento
Italian Festivals on Pinterest
- Christmas E cards available to download in multiple languages
- Christmas around the world
- NORAD(North American Aerospace Defense Command) are getting ready to track Santa’s trip around the world on Christmas Eve. Their Tracking Santa’ website contains lots of games and activities in eight different languages to help you and your students to get ready …open 1 Dec
- Plus:The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes over the Christmas period. The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built, and can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits Earth at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles. You should be able to see it on 24 December, clear skies allowing…! Head to this link to follow it.