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FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS


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general

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list of US holidays
Historical and social background (us holidays)

http://www.usis.usemb.se/Holidays/celebrate/index.html

educational resources

songs, holiday crafts, stories, etc...

http://www.wilstar.com/holidays

http://www.theholidayzone.com/

Origins

with lesson plans

http://www.patriotism.org/page2.html

List of holidays + downloadable worksheets

http://www.onestopenglish.com/Culture/festivals/index.htm

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Kwanzaa

a non-religious African American holiday which celebrates family, community, and culture. It is celebrated for seven days: December 26-January 1.

http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/holidays/kwanzaa/

http://www.cnn.com/EVENTS/1996/kwanzaa/

History | Celebration | Food | Sites

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Halloween

Vocabuary + the Raven

Halloween exercises which will help you improve your English vocabulary and understand this American holiday. A classic Halloween tale, "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, is also included with vocabulary reference help for the more difficult words.

http://esl.about.com/library/weekly/aa101600a.htm

Halloween on Yahooligans

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/Yahooligans/Halloween

Open ended spooky stories

http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-3127.html

Halloween people places and things

People  places , and things which you can cut into strips . Get the pupils to draw  3 slips . They will use them to build a Halloween story

http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-3125.html

Origins explained on Howstuffwork
Halloween is one of the most eclectic celebrations around. Find
out where this holiday and its traditions actually come from!
http://www.howstuffworks.com/halloween.htm

Irish Halloween traditions

http://www.ireland-information.com/articles/irishhalloweentraditions.htm

about Barmbrack

http://www.irishabroad.com/Culture/Kitchen/Margaret.asp?StrID=8721

recipes for Barmbrack cake

http://www.nireland.com/the.mccourts.of.moneyglass/page22.html

http://www.irishabroad.com/Culture/Kitchen/Recipe.asp?RcpID=116

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Guy Fawkes

General

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A199488

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/Guy.html

Cooking ...baked potatoes etc. yum! yum!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A201646

Gunpowder plot game

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/society_culture/protest_reform/launch_gms_gunpowder_plot.shtml

Worksheet

worksheet (pdf)

glossary (pdf)

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Thanksgiving

About the Pilgrims and  the story of the first Thanksgiving.
http://www.pilgrimhall.org/thanksg.htm
Information about the Pilgrims, Native Americans, and Thanksgiving.
http://www.plimoth.org/
A short history of Thanksgiving and the text of George Washington's proclamation of the holiday in 1789.
http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/thanks.htm

Plenty of resources

http://members.aol.com/calebj/mayflower.html

Read the story do the quiz!

http://www.wilstar.net/holidays/thankstr.htm

Wordsearch

http://wilstar.com/holidays/puzzles/thankspuz.htm

 Lesson plans, recipes, songs, psalms, games, and other resources.

http://www.night.net/thanksgiving/

The first Thanksgiving

an interactive visit + a quiz

http://teacher.scholastic.com/thanksgiving/index.htm

Webquest

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Christmas

The Christmas resistance movement

No shopping, no present, no guilt! 

http://www.xmasresistance.org/

Santa and Coca cola

 http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/santa.asp

more legends

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/christmas.asp#immac

Printables
Santa Claus Countdown, Christmas Tree Countdown, Christmas
Word Search, Wish List, and coloring pages.

http://atozteacherstuff.com/printables/month_dec.shtml

craft

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/christmas/

lesson plans

http://www.uptoten.com/home.phtml
http://www.onestopenglish.com/News/Magazine/children/teens_main.htm
Christmas Around the World
http://christmas.com/worldview/

Christmas carols

Christmas Carols

Reading Comprehension + quiz

'Twas The Night Before Christmas:

About the Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding

a Chritmas meal

http://www.hwatson.force9.co.uk/cookbook/menus/Christmas.htm

How stuff work (origins ...)

http://www.howstuffworks.com/christmas.htm

Online activities (based on how stuff work)

Christmas online activities
-Xmas jokes & local tradition  lesson plan
http://www.developingteachers.com/tips/xmasplan_01.htm

Downloadable Christmas activities

http://www.tefl.net/lessonplans/tbw.htm

Christmas shopping webquest
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/ttroiano/introwq.htm

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New Year  

New Year resolutions

All sorts of activities

http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-6649.html?egs120101

Essay writing

http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-4136.html

Making a New Year's Resolution
     http://www.how-to-keep-your-new-years-resolution.com/

Listening comprehension + exercise on vocabulary + essay http://perso.wanadoo.fr/absolutenglish-972/notes/tests/resolutions/page1.htm

Hogmanay Explained
      http://www.edinburghshogmanay.org/explained.cfm

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Valentine day

Love bytes
She was his ideal woman and he was her soul mate. But they were on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Nick Gillett on romance by e-mail

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Get_The_Net/Feature/0,3868,322675,00.html

(worksheet - vocab) interactive crosswords

 Write a Valentine poem

web based activity

Write a love letter

click

plenty of ideas for the class

http://www.eslflow.com/Relationships.html

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Saint Patrick's day

loads of printables

http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-6666.html?wtlAC=gs020301,email-t

a webquest

http://www.onestopenglish.com/Culture/festivals/march.htm#feature

 

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April the first

 The reasons why people fall for scams and hoaxes.

with links to: 
· Museum of Hoaxes
· Skeptic magazine
· Read about the moon men
· War of the Worlds broadcast
· 10 rules for tricking people
· How computer viruses work
· The Greatest Mistakes of All Time
[ un texte intéressant et constructif.]

Optical illusions

http://www.sandlotscience.com/Distortions/Distortions_frm.htm

 Museum of Hoaxes April Fool's Day Gallery

The Origin of April Fool's Day, 

The Top 100

April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time, 

quiz : sort the truth from false stories reported by the media on April first. 

a chronological index of hoaxes from the Middle Ages to
      the present,

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/aprilframe.html

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Easter

How Easter works

http://www.howstuffworks.com/easter.htm

Easter's Date
Religious Easter Celebrations
Commercial Easter Celebrations

 Worldwide Easter Celebrations


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