Christmas Vocabulary Lesson

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to try our Christmas Vocabulary Lesson!

This eight-page lesson is in the Holidays section of our Word Bank. It starts off with a fun, colorful picture dictionary and is followed by a variety of activities that will help your young learners stay engaged while they review the new words. Activities include a matchup, word choice, word search, word scramble, and spelling bee. This lesson ends with discussion questions so that your students can try using the new vocabulary in context. (more…)

Christmas Word Puzzles: Pronunciation, Spelling & Vocabulary

It’s a fun, festive time of year when spirits are high in and out of class! Teachers can maximize on students’ enthusiasm by doing Christmas activities that are both fun and educational. We’ve created three Christmas puzzles for you to try in class this season: Christmas Code, Pronunciation Path, and The Snowman’s Nose. And don’t forget about last year’s vocabulary/coloring worksheet: Christmas – Find the Objects! (more…)

3 Christmas Tree Crafts for English Class

If you’re a teacher or parent, Pinterest is probably your favorite site at this time of year. This year, I’ve used Pinterest to find inspiration for gifts, cards, parties, and treats. Pinterest is also great for crafts!

Are you looking for holiday crafts to use with your English learners? Here are three very simple Christmas tree crafts to try. Use one or all of these crafts to review English colors, shapes, sizes, and prepositions of place. Your students will also practice following instructions. Ask your students to describe their finished trees to you or their group members. (more…)

Film It! Tips for Getting Children to Be Directors

“I believe my camera should always be in one hand and a good script in the other. That makes it possible for storytelling to come to life.” —Leticia Alaniz

“Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director.” —James Cameron

‘Tis the season to celebrate with your students! Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays around the world take place in fall and winter. One of the best ways for students to learn and teach others about the way they celebrate is by producing a movie. (more…)

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Christmas Toy Vocabulary Game


Are your little English learners crazy about the movie Frozen? If you teach children or have children, the hit song Do you want to build a snowman? is probably stuck in your head. We’re having some fun with Christmas puzzles and games this week on Sprout English. Here’s a fun way to turn your students’ obsession with Frozen into a vocabulary game!

1. Tell your students they are going to pretend to be elves. The elves are going to build some toys. (more…)

Alphabetizing Fun – Christmas Activities

Beyond the ABCs

alphabet (noun): It’s time to learn the alphabet. You must know your ABCs by the end of this week.
alphabetical (adjective): The attendance list is in alphabetical order. Find your name and check it off.
alphabetize (verb): Please alphabetize the list of resources you used in your report.

Are your young students or children learning how to alphabetize words or lists? Knowing how to put words and lists in alphabetical order is very useful! After all, we don’t always have a handy “search” field available when we want to find something. Knowing how to alphabetize will help your kids:

  • find words in a print dictionary
  • find numbers in a phone book
  • find CDs in a store
  • find books in a library

Teaching Students How to Alphabetize

  1. Teach the alphabet.
  2. Review the alphabet.
  3. Show students how to group a list of words by first letter. (Here is a fun video on alphabetizing that you can show. Or, use the video to see a demonstration of how to teach a lesson on alphabetizing.)
  4. Show students how to sort the alphabetized groups by second letter (in alphabetical order), third letter (and more if necessary). Explain what to do when two or more words have the same second letter.
  5. Teach students to ignore articles (a, an, the) in titles when alphabetizing lists (such as book or movie titles).
  6. Talk about when it’s useful to put things in alphabetical order. (For example: attendance lists.) Talk about the difference between alphabetical order and numerical order.
  7. When you are sure your students know how to alphabetize, show them how to do it quickly on a computer (using “sort” or an online tool, such as Alphabetizer).

Alphabetizing Activities

Alphabetizing doesn’t have to be boring! It can be fun! Why not practice alphabetizing with a theme, such as Christmas? (Adjust these activities to whichever theme you are using.) Here are some activities you can try in December:

Alphabetize the Ornaments (more…)