Any holiday, whether local or international, provides teachers with a chance to incorporate cultural lessons and new vocabulary into the ESL classroom. In the spring, ESL students from around the world can enjoy fun games involving Easter eggs, bunnies and both religious and secular Easter lessons while working on their English speaking, reading and writing skills.
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Egg Hunt Story
The best part about this game is it gets ESL students excited about writing. Write two to three dozen Easter-related words, like "bunny" or "candy," on small slips of paper. Place each slip in a plastic Easter egg, then hide the eggs around the classroom or wherever your class egg hunt will take place. When the game begins, give each student a basket and let her hunt for eggs. After the hunt students will sit down and open their eggs to see what words they have. Their job is to write a short story (determine the length based on the proficiency level of the students) about Easter that uses every word found in their eggs.
Creating a set of Easter Dice may inspire a few different Easter games for the ESL classroom. Websites like SparkleBox and DiceCollector offer printable dice templates that you can customise and print. Use words like chocolate, hunt, find and purple on your dice, including verbs and adjectives as well as nouns. A simple but fun and educational Easter game is having each ESL student take turns rolling the dice, then making a sentence out of the two words they roll. For a more competitive game, divide the class into two teams and assign each word a point value. For example, chocolate is two points and bunny is four. If a team rolls those two words and writes or says a correct sentence using both, six points is the reward.
Easter Bunny Says
This Easter version of Simon Says will allow ESL students to move and let out some energy, as well as follow instructions in English. Have students stand in a line in front of you and tell them to do what the Easter Bunny says. Start with an easy instruction, like "The Easter Bunny says hop on one foot." Act the instruction out with children. You can use different types of hops (big, small, forward or backward, or in different directions), "Roll like an egg" or "Hunt for eggs." Don't forget to occasionally call an instruction without saying "The Easter Bunny says." Children who follow this instruction are out. Continue until there is one student left.
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