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Cultural spots


Countdown to Christmas




Compétence

Écrire et réagir à l’écrit : je copie et écris sous la dictée.
Culture : je découvre la civilisation des pays anglophones.

Did you know?

Christmas is a religious tradition which is now celebrated differently by many people around the world. What about you? What do you celebrate in December?
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Listen

1
Can you count from 1 to 12? From 1st to 12th?



2
Now listen and number the stamps from 1 to 12.



3
Sing along!



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4
Find the ordinal numbers in this word snake.
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thrigjbfsixthljbfvthirdlsbeleventhmsobjbsecondlo




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Stamps printed on Christmas Island

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

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Read

1
Observe the card. What is the message? How is it illustrated?



2
Write these numbers in letters:
a. 1897 / b. 1898

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Christmas card
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Read

1
Compare the different Santa Clauses.



2
Compare and contrast the British and American ways to celebrate Xmas.



3
Design an infographic about Christmas in the UK and in the US.



4
How to wish a Merry Christmas? Listen and repeat.
Scotland: “Blithe Yule”
Ireland: “Nollaig Chridheil”
Wales: “Nadolig Llawen”
Hawaii: “Kanakaloka”



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Christmas in the UK

British people decorate their Christmas tree and use holly or mistletoe to decorate their homes. They often attend Nativity Plays and Carol Services. Children await Father Christmas who brings them presents. He places them in stockings hung by their beds and then eats mince pies and drinks brandy that children offer him. Children write letters to him and burn them!

On Christmas day, for lunch, British people eat roast turkey, often served with bread sauce, with vegetables like carrots and peas or Brussel sprouts. Dessert is often Christmas Pudding.

Christmas in the USA

American people decorate their Christmas trees with pop-corn threaded on string.

They often decorate their gardens with lights and gigantic statues of Santa, snowmen and reindeers. Many churches have special Christmas Carol services and events where the story of Christmas is told. Many children believe in Santa Claus and they leave some cookies and glasses of milk as a snack for him. Children write and send letters to Santa Claus, to the North Pole.

On Christmas day, for lunch, American people often eat turkey with cranberry sauce.

Santa Clauses from around the world

Hohoho, I wish you...

Hohoho, I wish you...

Xmas card

Use Canva and write a Xmas card with a modern version of the “12 Days of Christmas” song.

How far can you go?

A1 I can copy some words and expressions.
A1+ I can imitate the nursery rhyme.
A2 I can add modern twist for an original Xmas card.
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