Each day, from Monday to Friday, you can try to solve a new crossword/challenge in English.
Please, send us your answers before April the 26th and you will get a reward thanks to DEPARTEMENT 13 !
Chaque jour, du lundi au vendredi, essayez de résoudre un nouveau défi en anglais pour réviser/approfondir un des thèmes étudiés pendant l’année. Envoyez-nous vos réponses avant le 26 Avril et obtenez une récompense grâce aux dons du Département 13, notre partenaire principal !
Chaque participant sera récompensé – plus il y aura de bonnes réponses, plus il y aura de cadeaux !
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Choisissez de répondre aux défis qui vous intéressent en utilisant ou non les indices/aides proposés dans les différents fichiers téléchargeables.
De manière générale, les défis se composent de :
- Définitions en français + indices/aides pour les jeunes enfants (4-6 ans),
- Définitions en anglais avec indices pour les 7/10 ans et les adultes débutants,
- Définitions en anglais sans indices pour les ados et adultes.
2021-04-12 : First day !
An EASY EASTER CROSSWORD to start.
POUR LES PLUS JEUNES OU DEBUTANTS :
2021-04-13 : DESCRIBING PEOPLE
Teens : you can choose what you prefer 😉
For Adults :
If it’s too difficult (beginners/teens), you can find clues/words in the file below :
For kids : a matching game about Appearance
2021-04-14 : DRINK & DESSERTS
For Adults :
For young kids :
For other kids/teens :
Pour vous aider, la liste des mots à trouver :
2021-04-15 : ST PATRICK’S DAY
Adults/Teens/kids (7-10 years old) :
Pour ceux qui ont besoin d’aide, la liste des mots à trouver :
Young kids (4-6 years old) :ST-PATRICKS-Day-Crossword-for-young-kids
2021-04-15 : THE HUMAN BODY
Adults and teens :
Kids (7/10 years old) :
Young kids (4/6 years old) – DEFINITIONS EN FRANCAIS:
KLAUDIA’S ADULTS CLASSES
MARCH 2021 : APPEARANCE & PERSONALITY
WEEK3 : DESCRIBE YOUR CHARACTER AND PERSONALITY
Write as many adjectives (linked to character/personality) as possible.
|Open to new ideas and different views|
|Open-minded – Ouvert d’esprit Unbiased – Objective Flexible Tolerant||Narrow-minded Biased Bigoted – Fanatique Intolerant|
|Know what you want and intend to reach your goals|
Determined Strong-willed Strong-minded Resolute Confident
Undetermined Weak-willed Indecisive Irresolute Unsure
|Love working and work a lot|
|Hardworking Industrious Diligent Ambitious||Lazy Idle Sluggish Unambitious|
|Learn and understand quickly|
|Intelligent Clever Bright Smart||Unintelligent Stupid Foolish Silly|
|Care for other people, altruistic|
|Unselfish Considerate Noble||Selfish Self-centred Vain|
Untidy – clean, tidy
Clever – stupid, silly
Narrow-minded – open-minded
Rude – polite, kind
Talkative – shy, taciturn
Sensitive – sensible/rational or heartless/cold
Impolite – polite
Altruistic – selfish, self-centred
Hardworking – lazy, idle
Dependable – independent
Funny – serious
Boastful – modest, humble
Mature – immature
Sophisticated – unsophisticated, simple
Loyal – disloyal
Active/dynamic – lazy, passive
|Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer||Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio||Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces|
Ex. Let’s write a horoscope for today. In this case, we will look up for some horoscopes online.
WEEK2 : Appearance word opposites drawing games
Choose one of the lines below and draw both sides until your partner can guess what you are drawing. If they can’t guess you can show them the list below, but don’t say anything.
a big nose/ a large nose – a little nose/ a small nose
a curved nose/ a hooked nose – a straight nose
a flat stomach – a bulging stomach/ a beer belly
a round chin – a square chin
bearded/ hairy – clean shaven
beautiful/ good looking/ gorgeous/ handsome/ pretty/ stunning – ugly/ hideous
broad shoulders – narrow shoulders
bushy eyebrows/ thick eyebrows – thin eyebrows
chubby/ fat/ obese/ overweight – bony/ skinny/ slim/ thin
curly hair – straight hair
lanky/ long-limbed – stocky/ short-limbed
long hair – short hair/ skinhead
long legs – short legs/ stubby legs
old – young
short – tall
thick fingers – thin fingers
Do the same but drawing only one side of the line above. Your partner should say what you have drawn and then its opposite.
Describe the physical appearance of your friend/partner. (5-10 sentences)
Who do you think is the most beautiful person in your country?
Who do you think is the most beautiful person alive today?
Who was the most beautiful person in history?
Who is the most attractive in your family?
Does beauty affect one’s success in life?
Is it better to be physically attractive or intelligent?
Is it better to be physically attractive or wealthy?
Is beauty related to power?
Can you think of anyone who is in a position of power that is not physically attractive?
Do people spend too much time and money on beauty?
How much time should be spent on making yourself look better each day?
Who would you say is beautiful that others maybe wouldn’t?
Do you think people should have cosmetic surgery to enhance their looks?
If so what is the minimum age when someone should have plastic surgery?
How popular is plastic surgery in your country?
What is the most popular feature for cosmetic alteration?
Do you think self-esteem affects beauty?
Do you think beauty affects self-esteem?
How important is beauty in your daily life?
Have you ever noticed anyone ever feeling pressured to be more beautiful?
What do you think of the proverb, « beauty is in the eye of the beholder? »
Do you have any proverbs or idioms from your country that relate to beauty?
What do you think « beauty is skin deep » means?
What are some beauty tips that you could share?
Do you think people with many tattoos can be beautiful?
How many tattoos are too many?
Would you ever get a tattoo?
Do you have a tattoo?
Do you think people with many piercings can be beautiful?
What kind of body piercing, if any, do you feel are acceptable?
What kind of piercing, if any, do you feel are unacceptable?
What personality trait is the most important for inner beauty?
How do you define beauty, using your own words?
Would you ever date someone who was not conventionally attractive?
What makes one person more attractive than another?
Do you think people from different countries than you see attractive the same way?
Is there someone famous that is considered beautiful, that you think is not?
Are beauty pageants good or bad?
Should children be entered into beauty pageants?
Do you think one gender or group worries more about beauty than another?
Would you want your children to be beautiful or talented?
What are some of the drawbacks of being beautiful?
What do you think about plastic surgery?
Would you ever have plastic surgery?
If so, what would you change?
What do you think of celebrities who get plastic surgery?
Do you think it’s necessary to have plastic surgery if you are famous in order to be successful?
Do you think skin color affects whether a person is regarded as beautiful or not?
Do you think that fairer skin makes you more beautiful?
What are some advantages of being beautiful?
What makes someone beautiful in your country?
What differs between that idea and the American idea of beauty?
What do you think « beauty is skin deep » means?
How many different adjectives can you think of to describe a beautiful woman or a handsome man?
GRAMMAR POINT : SIMPLE PAST
Use of Simple Past
Signal Words of Simple Past
- yesterday, 2 minutes ago, in 1990, the other day, last Friday
- Conditional II (If I talked, …)
Form of Simple Past
Positive sentence: I visited Italy. I went to cinema.
Subject + verb in past (-ed or irregular form)
Negative sentence: I didn’t visit Italy. I didn’t go to cinema.
Subject + did not (didn’t) + bare infinitive
Question: Did you visit Italy. Did you go to cinema?
Did + subject + bare infinitive
Exceptions in Spelling when Adding ‘ed’
|Exceptions in spelling when adding ed||Example|
|after a final e only add d||love – loved|
|final consonant after a short, stressed vowel|
or l as final consonant after a vowel is doubled
|admit – admitted|
travel – travelled
|final y after a consonant becomes i||hurry – hurried|
JANUARY 2021 : HEALTH & WELLNESS
WEEK1 – Klaudia:
- How did you celebrate Christmas? New Year’s Eve?
- What are your New Year’s Resolutions?
- What is your favo(u)rite Christmas tradition?
- How did you celebrate Christmas/New Year’s Eve when you were a child?
- How would you organize your perfect winter holiday/vacation?
HOLIDAY – when you go abroad
VACATION – when you stay at your place
Write a short story using the words below.
- Letter to Santa
Writing New Year’s Resolutions
- Travel more
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Learn a new skill or a hobby
- Live life to the fullest
- Quit smoking
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Eat healthier
- Save more money/spend less money
- Go abroad
Now write your own New Year’s Resolutions.
GRAMMAR POINT – EXPRESSING ACTIONS IN THE FUTURE
FINALLY, let’s speak about Present Continuous. Even though Present Continuous is a present tense, it can allude to the future.
I am seeing Martha in town tomorrow.
We use the present continuous tense for definite future arrangements. Often, it doesn’t really matter if we choose ‘be going to’ or the present continuous. In the following example, there is really very little difference in meaning:
- I‘m going to the cinema tonight.
- I‘m going to go to the cinema tonight.
We use the present simple tense in two cases. First, we use it for a timetabled event in the future, like public transport or the start of a class:
- My train leaves at six tonight.
- His class starts at 9am tomorrow.
Second, we use it after certain words, when the sentence has a future meaning. These words are: before / after / as soon as / until / when:
- I’ll call you when I get home.
- She’s going to study after she finishes dinner.
- Please drink some water as soon as you complete the race.
LISTENING: VIDEO (FRIENDS) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ELglSwEON8
- Where are they going?
- Who is going there?
AVRIL 2021 :
– Continue ABC 123 song
– Easter Egg Hunt. Verbs: put, hide, look for, find
MARCH 2021 :
WEEK4 : FINISH SHAMROCK CRAFT
WEEK3 : BEGIN SHAMROCK CRAFT
ABC 123 song activities :abc-jackson5
WEEK 2 : Review vocab from before the holiday
– The legend of the leprechaun
– Prepositions of position: under, on, in, behind, in front of, between, next to
– Saint Patrick’s Day treasure hunt and writing activity : Find the pot of gold, the leprechaun, the rainbow, the shamrock and the green hat.saint-patricks-day-vocabulary-esl-picture-dictionary-worksheet-for-kids
FEBRUARY 2021 : PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
WEEK3 : Physical description and Music topic
– « Guess who » matching review gamephysical-description-choose
– Ordinal numbers – first, second, third. Listen to 3 songs: which song do you prefer? I prefer the first song / the second song / the third song.
WEEK2 : Physical appearance
– New vocabulary : curly/wavy/straight hair ; a beard / a goatee
– « Guess who » matching gamephysical-description-match-the-names-with-the-pictures
– Drawing activity: listen and draw the character. Who is it? Whose drawing looks most like the character?
WEEK1 : Personal Descriptions writing practice and review
Write a description of a character from the « Guess Who » game.
Put all the descriptions in a box. Draw one description and read it out loud. The class must guess who it is.
« Hangman » game with clothing and personal description vocabulary.
JANUARY 2021 : WINTER & NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
WEEK4 – in person : Describing people
Introduce new vocabulary for describing people and clothes.
Play « guess who! » in pairs.
Is it a girl/boy?
Does he/she have … a hat/glasses/a big nose/blue eyes/ blond hair/ dark hair/brown hair/long hair/short hair… ?
Is he/she wearing… a dress/a skirt/a sweater/a hat/boots/pants/shorts?
Is he bald?
Is it… Melvin?
Describing movie characters: Clips from Aladdin and Cinderella
WEEK3 – in person : Winter time
« winter clothes » vocabulary review games:
– Relay race- rock paper scissors
Points for complete sentences only: « I wear … » or « I don’t wear … »
Video: « Three little kittens » https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6X2wJ6L0SY
Reading practice: read each sentence and decide who said it, the mother or the kittens? Then perform the play!
WEEK2 – in person : Winter time
– Song, Questions, ‘Leader’ activity
– Warm-up: which word doesn’t fit? (and why?)
o Boots, scarf, sunglasses
o T-shirt, shorts, coat
– Present new verb: « To Wear » (in present)
– Write: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter on the board
o In pairs (each pair is assigned one season): DRAW or WRITE clothes we wear in spring, summer, autumn, winter (1 point for a drawing, 2 points for a word, 3 points for a complete sentence)
– Vocabulary games
WEEK1 – KELSEY’S CLASSES : NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
Winter vocab review
Happy new year! Listening practice: « Kids Share Adorable New Year’s Resolutions » : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3687xlRNOdI– Exercises for the video (attached)- What’s your resolution for 2021? Write a sentence and draw a picture.
NOVEMBER 2020 : FOOD & DRINKS
Songs: Snack Time and Let’s make a pizza
Crafts/Games/Activities: Favorite pizza toppings graph; Food board game; Make a pizza contest
Sort food vocab into the following categories fruit, vegetables, meat, drinks, desserts
A/an, Some, a little, a lot of
Do you have any… ?
Do you like… ?
What’s your favorite… ?
DECEMBER: Holidays and Celebrations
Songs: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer; We wish you a merry Christmas;
Crafts/Activities: Rudolph gap fill, Reindeer “guess who?”, Christmas crackers, advent calendar; holiday jokes
Rudolph lyric video:
ANSWERS FOR RUDOLPH ACTIVITY :
1st row: laugh (rire), sleigh (traineau), shouted (a/ont crié)
2nd row: Santa (Père Noël), recall (se rappeler/souvenir), reindeer (renne)
3rd row: foggy (brumeux/avec du brouillard), nose (nez), game (jeu)
Super Simple Songs « JINGLE BELLS » :
Review verb TO HAVE
Flashcard games about Christmas.
Who am I? Game with Christmas vocabulary.
More resources :
Christmas quizzes, games and jokes :
Remember how to use « to be » (you can watch it during the holidays 😉 ) :
SOME BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS STORIES FOR KIDS :
WEEK3 – KLAUDIA’S CLASSES :
DESCRIBING THE MEMBERS OF ONE’S FAMILY
- Long/short hair
- Blond/dark/black/chestnut hair
- Curly/wavy/straight hair
- Blue/green/grey/brown eyes
- Special features: moustache/beard/goatee/earring/necklace
Example: My sister is tall and slim. She’s got long blond hair and blue eyes. She always wears earrings.
EXERCISE 1. Describe your family members.
EXERCISE 2. Let’s play HANGMAN.
EXERCISE 3. Matching game.
WEEK2 – KLAUDIA’S CLASSES :
- ME AND MY FAMILY
SOME GRAMMAR POINTS
What’s your mother’s name?
My mother’s name is………………
What’s your father’s name?
My father’s name is……………….
What’s your grandma’s/grandpa’s name?
Do you have a brother or sister?
Yes, I have two brothers. /Yes, I have an older sister.
No, I don’t.
EXERCISE 1. Draw your family. Then, try to describe your picture.
In the photo, you can see my family.
On the left, you can see…
On the right, you can see…
In the middle…
EXERCISE 2 (in pairs). Ask your friend three questions concerning their family.
What is your name?
What is your surname/last name?
What is the best name for a pet?
What is your favorite teacher’s name?
Do you have a middle name?
WEEK1 – KLAUDIA’S CLASSES :
- Write as many Christmas-related words as possible.
- GAME: Santa says
- Stand up
- Sit down
- Close your eyes
- Turn around
- Star jump
- Clap your hands
- Put your hand on your shoulder
- Put your hand on your head
- Revising winter/Christmas activities (snow fight, sit by the fireplace, etc)
- Speaking :
- How do you celebrate Christmas?
- Do you get Christmas presents?
- Who decorates the tree?
- What is your favourite Christmas meal?
- What do you like most about Christmas?
- Do you know any Christmas songs?
- NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
- To have good marks at school
- To study more
- To read more
- To travel more
- To exercise more
- To play with friends
- To spend more time with family
WEEK 1: Past continuous review and DETECTIVES game
MARCH : IRELAND
WEEK4 : Past Continuous introduction and games
WEEK3 : Listen to Aisling’s answers
Aisling’s answers part1
Ireland research (Cliffs of Moher, Trinity College, Bacon and Cabbage, Dermot Kennedy…)
WEEK2 : Video questions for Aisling
– Describing an image
WEEK1 : Ireland / Saint Patrick’s Day quiz and fact sheet.
– Reading comprehension skills: identifying key words and using context clues to understand a text.
– Learn about Irish dance and practice some steps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=595AKDailds
FEBRUARY : UNITED -STATES
WEEK4: School holidays
WEEK3 : Games before the holidays
– Relative clauses with « that », « which », « who », « where »
– Taboo game using relative clauses
WEEK2 : American / British culture
– Quiz book. Choose a quiz topic and do the quiz together.
– Create a quiz about your home!
– Check quiz questions for correct question construction.
WEEK1 : Warm-up: Show drawing of a groundhog and discuss
« Groundhog Day » and French and American cultural difference.
Questions format: Question word – Auxiliary – Subject – Verb
Game: « One minute challenge »: write topics on the board. Throw a paper ball at the board to choose a topic. In groups, speak for one minute about the topic. Each group member should ask one follow-up question (using the correct question word and structure).
Guess Who or Story Cubes
Extra links to learn more about Groundhog Day:
Short history of the tradition: https://dltk-kids.com/crafts/happy_groundhog-history.htm
News Report: Groundhog Day 2021:
JANUARY : NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
WEEK4 : Daily life of an American Teenager
Warm-up: A-Z board race game. Topic: things you can find in a school
Video: « Daily life of an American Teenager » https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8QwKTGLlyw
Discussion: what are the similarities and differences between the American teenager’s routine and yours? Are there any aspects of American life that you prefer? Is there anything in the video that you find weird or funny? Basketball review game.
WEEK3 : What do you really know about the USA?
Warm-up: Name the country represented by each flag.
Introduce « English-speaking countries » video project.
Learn some names and flags of English-speaking countries.
« Concentration » review game for country names and a few bonus categories.
American culture quiz in teams.
WEEK1 : Celebrating the New Year: US vs France
– Video: « Resolutions! » (American teenagers):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj_hqugXDH4 (first minute)
– Understanding spoken English: gonna, wanna, gotta.
Here is a link for extra practice: https://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-103131.php
NOVEMBER : FOOD AND DRINK
Videos / Texts: Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
World’s weirdest food
Games / Activities: Board game, Logic puzzle, Tongue-twisters, captions contest, make a pizza contest
Language focus: cooking verbs; food vocab; descriptive adjectives + making adjectives from other parts of speech; countable vs uncountable nouns
DECEMBER: Holidays and celebrations
Videos / Texts: Secret Santa video; “All I want for Christmas is you”
Games / Activities: “Categories” game; advent calendar; Christmas quiz; “all I want for Christmas is you” gap fill
Mariah Carey lyric video :
Christmas / holiday vocabulary;
adjectives ending in -ed vs -ing;
talking about plans with BE + V-ing
WEEK2: Christmas Personality Quiz for Teens
– « Which of Santa’s reindeer are you ? » https://www.beano.com/posts/personality-quiz-which-reindeer-are-you
– « Have you been naughty or nice this year? » https://www.beano.com/posts/naughty-or-nice-christmas-quiz
Choice of Christmas song gap fill: « All I want for Christmas is you » by Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber or « White Christmas » by Lady Gaga
Grammar point: « May » for a wish vs possibility or permission.
In the video below, helping verbs = modal verbs = LES VERBES MODAUX en français 😉
Christmas songs, lyrics and exercises:
Christmas quizzes, games and jokes :
4/6 YEAR OLD KIDS
WEEK 1: Prepositions song and Easter egg hunt
– Finish Easter Bunny book
– Prepositions song :
– « Easter Eggs ».
o It’s got… stripes / spots / stars / hearts / zigzags
WEEK3 : POPSICLE STICK LEPRECHAUN
– Begin Easter Bunny book
– Vocabulary: rabbit, easter bunny, egg, chick, Easter, hop, wiggle your ears, wiggle your tail
– « Bunny, Bunny, Chick » game
– Popsicle stick leprechaun (craft)
– « I’m a little leprechaun » song
Review vocab from before the holiday.
– « I’m a little leprechaun » song
– Saint Patrick’s Day treasure hunt activity
– Saint Patrick’s Day coloring activity.
– Begin « prepositions of position » : UNDER, ON, IN, BEHIND, IN FRONT OF, BETWEEN
WEEK 1 : School holidays
FEBRUARY 2021 : MY HOUSE
WEEK4 : School holidays
WEEK3 : Rooms of the house vocabulary (3)
– Vocabulary review games
– Rooms of the house game. « in » for location.
o Where’s the ____ ? Is it in the _____ ? Yes it is. No it isn’t.
WEEK2 : Rooms of the house vocabulary (2)
– Rooms of the house song,
– Flashcard games
– New words: window, door, chimney, garden, hall
– Drawing activity. Draw a house. Is it big or small? What color is it? How many windows / doors does it have? Does it have a bedroom, bathroom, etc. ?
WEEK1 : Rooms of the house vocabulary
House ; Apartment ; Bedroom ; Bathroom ; Living Room ; Dining Room ; Kitchen ; Hall ; Garden ;
« The House Song »:
Draw or make a play-doh house
JANUARY 2021 : WINTER SEASON
WEEK4 – in person :
« Freeze Dance » song; Winter clothes song ;
Review games for winter and Three Little Kittens vocabulary
Make a cardboard kitten. Use stickers for eyes, nose and buttons. With a marker, draw some whiskers, a mouth, some boots and a hat. Use yarn or a fuzzy pipe cleaner to make a scarf.
WEEK3 – in person :
« winter clothes » vocabulary review games: Simon Says, Memory
Video: « Three little kittens »https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6X2wJ6L0SY
Craft: Colorful paper mittens
WEEK2 – in person : Review numbers, colors, 4 seasons + Winter clothes vocabulary
– Winter clothes song (with « Head shoulder knees and toes » rythm »)
– Winter clothes vocabulary games : hat, coat, pants, boots, sweater, scarf, socks, gloves
– Peppa pig « snow » episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbKPdwBOPF8
– Peppa pig and snowman coloring activity
WEEK1 : Four seasons : Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
« I’m a little snowman » song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FczqntFwb6k
Draw a snowman. Give him… a hat, three buttons, a scarf, two eyes, a nose, a mouth- Dress for the season game: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/evscps.sci.ess.watcyc.dress/dress-for-the-weather/#.X_texC9TrUo
NOVEMBER 2020 : FOOD & DRINKS
Songs: « Broccoli Yogurt » and « Let’s make a pizza »
Book: Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
Here it is read out loud on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjXTNlW2qaU
Crafts/Activities: Invent a crazy food combination like in the song “broccoli yogurt”. Draw a pizza with your favorite toppings. Thanksgiving turkey craft:
Food items vocabulary: broccoli, ice cream, soup, pizza, popcorn, bananas, tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms…
Do you like…?
Yes I do / No I don’t
I like… / I love… / I don’t like…
It’s yummy! / It’s yucky! / It’s delicious!
Farm animals: Turkey, horse, cow, pig, sheep, rooster
DECEMBER: Christmas time!
Songs: “Santa’s on his way” and “We wish you a merry Christmas”
Book: « A letter to Santa » by Janet Palazzo-Craig
Draw and decorate a Christmas stocking. Is there a surprise inside?
Vocabulary : stocking, Christmas tree, Santa, reindeer, present, surprise, snowman. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
Crafts/activities: Letter to Santa; Christmas Crackers
SOME BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS STORIES FOR KIDS :