Well, it was my idea a couple of years ago, to have my 6th graders decorate a DIFFERENT Christmas tree , practicing their english at the same time!
I therefore, made two Christmas Trees ( one, for each of my classes) using card and put them up on the classroom walls!
I browsed the net and came up with hundreds of famous people’s quotes about Christmas . Later, I prepared handouts with them on, and asked my students to go home, read them all, decide about their favourite ones and justify their choices in class during our next lesson!
A class discussion followed about what’s really important in life, what Christmas is or should be about, about life priorities, life values, family, consumerism….and many more topics!
They just loved it !
I ask them to do about the same, every year…..I always provide them with the templates where they write their favourite quotes. I ask them to decorate them and make them look unique before we all together , decorate our Christmas trees with them!I’d like to share a couple of my favourite quotes with you all….
” I stopped believing in Santa when I was six.Mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph!” Shirley Temple
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under the christmas tree” Roy L. Smith
“At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year” Thomas Tusser
“Christmas ….is a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart” Freya Stark
Another idea, I used a few years ago for some time was a Students Photos Christmas tree, outside our classroom: I stick all the students photos on paper ornaments and asked them to write their wishes or New Year Resolutions on them, before I put them up on our Christmas tree…
Last year, I decided to use a smaller Christmas tree in the classroom decorated with flags from all the different countries my students or members of their families come from! Our International Class Christmas Tree!
I plan to do this again, some year soon…brings the class together!