Halloween (LPJ8)


Teaching targets






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Carnet de Voyage

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The parents have access to the Carnet de Voyage from the beginning of term so that they can accompany their children to progress and enjoy English. Teachers are advised to check the Carnet de Voyage each time to ensure the content reflects the session content you are planning to use.

Lesson Plan

1. Hello Song / 5 minutes (recommended for younger groups)

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2. Recap last session's target language / 5 minutes

Take out the flashcards from the last session and see who remembers the words or phrases

3. Story: Have you seen Elephant? / 15 minutes

You will need: Book

Read through the book, concentrate on encouraging repetition of your target words and or phrases. Give time for the children to see all of the details in the pictures.

For younger children (3-5), you may want to read only some of the text and concentrate more on key words. Ensure repetition of those key words. Make use of the detailed scenes to practise simple questions and answer forms (Where is..? This is.. There are...)

For the extra traction levels, encourage them to repeat full sentences based on your teacher target above.

For extra preps, encourage to children to take turns trying to read pages to the group and to decipher the meaning of the story at the end. 


4. Game / 20 minutes

You will need: Character flashcards, weather flashcards, feelings flashcards, story and narrative flashcards.

Before starting the story, try to explain what Halloween is to the children. Some of them may know the tradition some may not.

Having read through the story, introduce the character flashcards one by one. After the group has repeated the words several times, play at adding the accessories to the characters. Click here for examples and instructions on the flashcard section of the session.

Also play at adding the weather cards to practise "It's raining / it's windy etc"

Play at up and down (and left and right if the level and ge allows). You can move a certain flashcard up and down on the board and then choose a child to follow your instructions ("Up" and the child moves the flashcard up and so on). This can then be played as a group with hands. "Put your hands up, down etc"

Play at associating the emotion flashcards wit the images in the book. You could do this during the story or afterwards as a follow up game. 

For Extra traction groups, play at matching the story cards to the captions. Aim at recreating the story together, (putting the cards in the right order with the correct caption) and then one child or as a group, use the caption cards to tell the story.


For Extra Prep groups, interject the story with questions for the narrator at different points along the way.

"What is the weather like?"

"Is the dog on the broom yet?"

"Is the cat on the broom yet?" 

"What is the broom made of?"

"Is the witch happy now?"

You will obviously need to use a lot of gestures and encouragement for them to be able to understand the questions but it is good "deciphering" practice for them. 

Teacher tip: If you feel there is too much to get through in one session, you can always split the theme over two sessions.

5. Song / 10 minutes (recommended for younger groups)

A simple song to practise feelings vocabulary.


Individual activity/ 10 - 20 minutes

You will need:  handout and markers and/or pencils

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The aim of this section in the session is to spend time with each child individually. Encourage each child to either repeat vocabulary and sentences or to produce them independently, depending on their level.

For initiation level children, simply use the firts page of the handout.

For children at the "Extra Traction" level, use the second page too but cross through or cut off the "Extra Prep" section.

For children at the "Extra Prep" level, use all pages.

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7. Recap / 5 minutes

You will need: Flashcards for your target language.


8. Goodbye Song / 5 minutes (rcomended for younger groups)

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