Confused? The next time you're out and about, think about how baffling this holiday time must be for our students. Yesterday I was shopping and I stumbled upon a huge Christmas display with shelves stocked for a holiday that isn't even this month or next.
There are many potential lessons wrapped up in our holiday traditions. I've often told my students (at the higher levels) that most American holidays came from Europe where they were already a mixed up combination of ancient animist traditions and newer Christian holy days that were sometimes moved to coincide with the less religious celebrations. Personally, I get very frustrated when I hear someone say that Halloween is about death or the devil or satanism. Who started this rumor?
If you want to know the true origins of Halloween and get some great lesson activities as well, check out these online resources or do a Google search using the keywords "ESL Halloween." Click the underlined text to go to a link.
- For the teacher: A fact-packed Halloween history lesson from The History Channel.
- A short, easy history of Halloween with worksheet
- Color flashcards of Halloween symbols
- Board game featuring Halloween colors. The game helps identify letter sounds. The instructions follow the game board and picture cards.
- A variety of Halloween lessons. Scroll to the bottom of the first page for links to activities you can print and use!
- Bogglesworld always has something for everyone whenever you need a lesson or worksheet. Halloween is no exception.
Finally, you should definitely explain to your student that on Friday night, little costumed creatures will be knocking on the door and looking for candy. those with kids in elementary school may be expected to provide party treats or a costume for their child at the very least.
Here's hoping your Halloween is more treats than tricks. --SM