If you’re looking for some of the best Easter ESL classroom games and activities, then you’re certainly in the right place. Keep on reading for the top 15 of them, along with worksheets, lesson plans, vocabulary and more.
ESL Easter Activities
Let’s get into the best ideas for an Easter ESL lesson.
#1: Easter Egg Hunt
An Easter egg hunt is a fun way to celebrate this popular holiday. When the students are outside for lunch or recess, have the teachers hide some Easter eggs around the school. Once the students come back in, the hunt can begin! I generally keep some eggs in reserve for the students who are unable to find any. However, I buy cheap chocolate eggs so that there are lots to go around (at least five per student).
#2: Egg Decorating
I love to do some egg decorating with my students! There are a number of ways to do this, with varying levels of difficulty:
- The real deal! This involves making a small hole in an egg and extracting the yolk and the white. And then using wax and dyes. If you have the motivation and loves arts and crafts, this can be quite a fun thing to do. Look on the Internet for directions on how to do this. However, it does require a ton of work to organize and I’m usually not that motivated.
- Boil some eggs and have students decorate them using dyes. This involves less work but the eggs don’t last forever.
- Print off some Easter egg colouring worksheets and have students do that. It’s a fun way to decorate the classroom if you do this a few days before Easter.
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#3: Easter Charades or Pictionary
I love to use charades (acting) or Pictionary (drawing) during my holiday party lessons. Use Easter vocabulary (see the bottom of this article for a list of ideas), put students into teams and have some fun with these party games.
This activity also works well for other holidays like Thanksgiving.
#4: Guessing Game
#5: How Many Candies?
Put Easter-themed candies in a glass jar (chocolate eggs, Easter jelly beans, etc.) and count how many you are putting in as you do it. Seal up the jar well.
Then, let each of your students have one guess as to how many candies there are. I usually do this by giving each student a small piece of paper. They have to write their name, class, and guess. Then, the person who guesses closest to the correct number gets the entire jar of candies. They can choose to share, or not!
#6: Listening Lesson
I love to have some dedicated listening lessons instead of just the usual speaking ones all the time. Listening is an important skill that requires some dedicated practice and the more introverted students appreciate this as well.
Find a listening passage related to Easter. It could be someone talking about Easter traditions, or their own personal experience with the holiday. From there, follow the simple steps in this listening lesson plan template and you’ll have yourself a great class! Find out more here:
#7: Egg Drop Contest
This is a fun way to celebrate Easter in a science kind of way! Put students into pairs or small groups and give them each an egg. Then, scavenge around the staff room, recycling boxes, etc. for a variety of materials from which students can make a device to protect their egg when dropping it off the roof or out a classroom window. Things like popsicle sticks, string, and straws work well too.
When it comes to dropping the eggs, it’s best to have two teachers or get an admin person to help you. One teacher can remain with the eggs and students dropping them (if out a classroom window) at the top, while the other one can do crowd control with the rest of the students at the bottom. If dropping them off the roof, the teacher can bring all the eggs up and do it themselves.
It’s extremely important to make sure nobody gets injured so choose a low-traffic area and set up a perimeter using some tape or pylons in which no students are allowed to enter on the ground.
Drop the eggs and then get each group to open their package to see if their egg survived.
#8: Easter Vocabulary
#9: Easter Vocabulary Memory Game
A fun way to help students remember new Easter vocabulary is to play the concentration game. One card has a picture, while the corresponding one has the vocabulary word. Students can play a matching game in small groups. Find out more about it here:
#10: Vocabulary Auction Game
This TEFL game does require a bit of preparation, but it’s definitely worth it if you can recycle the activity for more than one class. Make up some sentences with a large amount of Easter vocabulary. Then, cut out each individual word.
In teams, students have to bid on the words in an auction. Then, there’s a trading round. Finally, students try to make as many grammatically correct sentences as possible. The meaning should make sense too. The winning team is the one with the most sentences. Find out more about it here:
#11: Holiday Presentations
A fun activity that I like to do with my slightly higher-level classes is to have them do a group presentation about a holiday, such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas. Students can do some research about the history behind the holiday, traditions, etc.
Then, they can make a PowerPoint with a few pictures and do a presentation to the class. It’s generally informative, fun and interesting. Here are even more ideas and tips:
#12: A to Z Warm-Up
It’s often the case that students already know a good deal of Easter vocabulary before you explicitly teach them, particularly at the higher levels. Doing a quick warmer activity can help students activate their prior knowledge, which can make new vocabulary more memorable.
The way this one works is that in small groups, students can write down the alphabet on a piece of paper. Then, they can try to think of one related word that starts with each letter in a certain amount of time. For example,
#13: Easter Traditions Around the World
This is one of my favourite listening-focused activities for higher-level students. Find, or write a passage of someone talking about their Easter experiences. Or, favourite things they like to at Easter.
Put students into pairs and read it out at a faster than normal pace for the level of students. Students can take notes and then compare them with their partners. The goal is to recreate what they just heard. Read it again and students repeat the procedure. Finally, they can compare what they have with the original version.
#15: Easter Vocabulary Spelling Challenge
This is a fun whiteboard game with lots of variations. For absolute beginners, say a word out loud and students have to work together in teams to spell it, letter by letter. For slightly higher levels, give hints about the word and students race to be the first to write it down correctly.
Easter ESL Lessons
If you’re a teacher, then you already know how much time it can save to use a lesson plan that another teacher has created. Here are a few Easter lesson plans to check out:
ESL Easter Worksheets
What teacher doesn’t love a good worksheet, right? Here are some of the top options for Easter-themed ones.
ESL Easter Vocabulary
Here are some popular Easter vocabulary words to consider teaching English learners:
- Easter egg decorating
- Easter egg hunt
- holy week
- jelly beans
Did you like these ESL Easter Classroom Games and Activities?
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