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Let's decorate the Christmas tree

Target Language: More Christmas words + "How about ....?"
Target Grade: Kindergarten to Elem 5



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Let's Decorate the Christmas Tree
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by Richard Graham

Let's decorate the Christmas tree.
Let's decorate the tree.
Let's decorate the Christmas tree.
Let's decorate the tree.

How about some angels?
How about some candles?
How about some elves?
How about some turkey?


Let's decorate the Christmas tree.
Let's decorate the tree.
Let's decorate the Christmas tree.
Let's decorate the tree.

How about some holly?
How about some bells?
How about some snow?
How about some mistletoe?


Let's decorate the Christmas tree.
Let's decorate the tree.
Let's decorate the Christmas tree.
Let's decorate the tree.

As a follow from either the Christmas Shapes or Christmas words song, have a try at this epic number to learn a few more English words and the very useful phrase "How about .....?"

Here are the gestures:



Just in case you can't figure it out from the video, the gestures are:

Angels: Flap your wings.
Candles: Stand next to a partner and put hands above head like a flame
Elves: Get really small
Turkey: No gesture, wait for the kids to go "eehhh?" (I never introduce this when doing the vocab, I keep it as a surprise during the song!)

Holly: Prick your finger on the spike!
Bells: The kids favourite, move your head around like the hammer in a bell!
Snow: Fingers falling down
Mistletoe: In primary school you can get the girls to chase the boys!


Recommended Game: Exploding Santa!

This is a great mash up between the “Exploding Fat Man” game from Mido’s Book of Games and the “Do you like..?” running karuta game.

So first of all run through the song with the gestures and then …

Preparation:

1. Put up flashcards from today’s theme on the board.
2. On each side of the board draw two thin Santas, viewed from the side.
3. Next to each Santa draw 5 hamburgers.

The Game:

1. Put the kids in two groups.

2. One person from each group goes to the back and becomes the “runner.”

3. Go up to one student and say “Hello, let’s decorate the Christmas tree!”

4. That student then has to say “How about some ..” plus one of the words on the board.

5. You say “No, thank you!”

6. Repeat from step 3.

7. But …. every so often you say “Yes, please!”

8. When you say this the runners from the back rush to the front to get the word that the student just asked you.

9. The quickest team to get the card feeds one of the hamburgers to the other team's Santa! i.e. they rub out one hamburger, and redraw Santa’s waistline a bit fatter!

10. When all the hamburgers are gone they redraw the Santa exploding!!

Needless to say it’s tons of fun, lots of English and a healthy eating message all in one!

P.S. Just in case you’ve done the Christmas Shapes theme before, here are some plural flashcards that you can add to this game e.g. the kids can say “How about some holly, snow etc.” but they could also ask “How about some diamonds, stars etc.”





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