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Christmas toy theatre

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Holidays around the world

  • 110 min
  • In class
  • Project
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1


Learning goals

  • Make and perform a Christmas toy theatre play

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria

  • Describe the basic structure of a story
  • Create a script for a play, based on a classic Christmas story
  • Perform a Christmas play that has a suitable structure and accurately uses language to tell a story

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Activities (8)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

This lesson involves students presenting their own drama using a toy theatre they have created. While this is likely to appeal to younger students, it is a good opportunity for students of any age to use English in a free and creative context.

Please note that this lesson plan may span more than one period. This is to provide enough time for students to write their scripts and make their theatres.

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 5 min
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss some of the experiences that are associated with Christmas.

Conduct this activity as a poll. Once students have submitted their answers, send the results to the class and discuss them in pairs, groups, or as a class.

 

Watch 1

Watch 1

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and then answer the questions in Watch 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to show students an example of a toy theatre. This will help to give them an idea of what a toy theatre looks like. This is an very unusual example of toy theatre from a TV comedy show.

The 'drama' in the video is largely unspoken. When students create their own dramas in Plan, there should be spoken parts.

The video features gentle humour about a model nativity scene. It is a good idea to preview the clip to ensure that it will not cause any offence.

 

Watch 2

Watch 2

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

What happened in the video? Write short descriptions of the things that happened.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to summarize a series of events and describe the plot of a toy theatre drama.

This will help students to develop their own productions in Plan.

 

Make your theatre

Make your theatre

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Watch the video for instructions on how to make a toy theatre.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to show students how to make a toy theatre stage.

A more basic video can be found here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4kTNLmAhnk

It conveys roughly the same information, but has no narration, and lists the steps out in a more succinct way.

 

Plan

Plan

Recommendations

  • 60 mins
  • Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to plan their own Christmas toy theatre productions.

Ask students to get into groups of three or four. Tell them that each student should have a speaking part.

Set a time limit for the performance. As a suggestion, groups could perform for 3–4 minutes, depending on the classroom situation.

Students can create the characters in the drama by gluing paper figures to sticks, or alternatively they could bring in toy figures.

 

Produce

Produce

Recommendations

  • 30 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to perform their pieces using the scripts and sets that they made in the Plan activity.

Students can perform their stories to other students or in front of the class. Alternatively, students can record their work and send it to you for review, or present their videos to each other.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual, Group
  • Support activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review their work from the lesson, and identify what they did well and what they would like to improve.

 
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