Holiday season fun activities

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

Picture from:http://www.123learncurriculum.com/
Holiday season everyone, and may I just point out the obvious…. I love all the Christmas-y stuff, so here is a blog post about Rudolph!! You will find Rudolph themed activities and ideas on how to use them in class. I hope you enjoy this post and happy holidays everyone : )
Project writing activity: Get your students to do some research on Rudolph and then write a project. They can either give a poster presentation or a PowerPoint presentation. I would suggest you do this with older students. Helpful links: The story behind Rudolph: Wikipedia or from Altogether Christmas

Colouring:   Online colouring Yeap, your students can color Rudolph online. I tried this page out and used the water brush. This website also gives the option of starting over and saving. It is a really fun website so check it out.
Colouring sheets: If you prefer more traditional coloring pages, then click here for an example.
You can practice colours with your learners or even animal body parts during this colouring activity. Once they have coloured their Rudolphs, they can make cards for their loved ones or little Rudolph streamers and decorate the class.

Picture from http://www.coloring-page.net/pages/rudolf.html
Games:

Pin the nose on Rudolph: How do you play? Your students have to pin Rudolph’s red nose onto his face. If you want to make it more fun, you can blindfold your students and tell them to turn round in circles for a few seconds. Once they are twirling for 6 seconds they can then pin Rudolph’s red nose. 

Online game: Where is Rudolph? If you press the link, you will see a picture of a snowy house and a Christmas atmosphere. Rudolph is missing. Your learners need to guess where he is (spoiler: click close to the chimney. That is where he is hiding!!). You can use this as a guessing game and learners can practice using prepositions whilst you are the one doing the clicking on the computer screen.


Rudolph the movie: You can watch the movie Rudolph the red nosed reindeer in class and get your students to summarise it or write a review of the movie (this would be great for an exams class)!!

Screen shot from the movie

Listening:

You can find the YouTube video here but be careful, the lyrics are on the video, so use the sound only as part of the listening task. You can then use the video to check the answers. If you do not want to use YouTube,  I am sure you will be able to find the Rudolph song somewhere on a Xmas carols CD.

Gap filling task A1/A2 level students

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall?
The most ———- reindeer of all?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Has a very ——— nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer’s
Used to laugh and call him ………
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then all the reindeer’s ——– him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
You’ll go down in ———-!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very ———- nose
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows,
And all of the other reindeer’s
Used to laugh and call him ——–,
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games,
Then one ——- Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Wont you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then how the reindeer’s ——— him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You’ll go down in ———–!

B1 + level students: Get them to guess the lyrics of the song. delete a whole chunk of it and ask them to write down the missing lyrics. Then listen to the original song and see if anyone was close to it.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall?
The most famous reindeer of all?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Has a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer’s
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa …………………
You’ll go down in history!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows,
And all of the other reindeer’s
Used to laugh and call him names,
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games,
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa ………………

Answers (from metrolyrics.com)

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall?
The most famous reindeer of all?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Has a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer’s
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then all the reindeer’s loved him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
You’ll go down in history!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows,
And all of the other reindeer’s
Used to laugh and call him names,
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games,
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Wont you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then how the reindeer’s loved him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You’ll go down in history!

If these ideas are not enough, you may want to visit this site for more on Rudolph themed activities (suitable for young learners).

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments section below how the activities went!

Till next time……..

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