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Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

Voltaire (1694-1778)

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day SheetSunday 10th of December is Human Rights Day. How many human rights can you name? How many human rights are there? Here's a worksheet with text culled from the United Nations Human Rights Day webpage on one side and a crossword on the other. It's for students with advanced skills.

As a warm-up before handing out the sheet play a kind of twenty questions game to get the students to guess what day Sunday is. So far none of my students have known.

There are plenty of videos on YouTube about the Declaration of Human Rights. Here's a link to one that ties in nicely with the sheet:: The 30 Articles of Human Rights

You can expect to hear a lot more about Human Rights in the coming year as 2018 marks the Declarations's 70th anniversary. Imagine that! (Thanks John)

Christmas is coming...

Father Christmas

For all we receive may we be thankful
For all we receive may we give thanks
For all we achieve may we be thankful
For all we achieve may we give thanks

For all we conceive may we be thankful
For all we conceive may we give thanks
For all we believe may we be thankful
For all we belive may we give thanks

For the truth we perceive may we be thankful
For the truth we perceive may we give thanks
For the truth we perceive may we be thankful
For the truth we perceive may we give thanks

Christmas Tree Crossword

Christmas Crossword SheetThis is a seasonal crossword puzzle for children who have mastered the concept of 'double letters'.

There are no numbers so it's a good idea to give out some scrap paper for practising spelling and working out which word goes where. Alternatively, print out page two of the PDF which features teh same words in anagram format. Two useful questions are:

"What's this?"

"How many letters...?"

The arrows have boxes so that a word can be checked off once it has been used. The words are as follows:

bell, candle, Christmas tree, gift, elf, ornament, reindeer, sack. sled, Santa, snowman, star.

Christmas Who is Where?

Here is the video game we are planning to use at our Christmas lesson parties for elementary school aged children and younger. It's designed so that the teacher can talk over the top of the video and give extra hints as needed. In each scene players need to watch carefully so they can answer the question about the five starring characters. Who is where? Ready, steady go!

  • Christmas Who is Where

Score Sheets and Ice Goblins

Chris Sato kindly sent me a score sheet for use with the video. I've amended his original design slightly to fit 2 on a B5 page so as to save paper. If you use the sheet you may need to pause the video between "rounds" so everyone can keep track of their score. Alternatively you can use between 3-6 ice goblins. Stick them on the frame of the TV and then every time the group get a correct answer remove one of the goblins. Can the group clear the TV of goblins before the quiz ends? If they can't then have a supply of extra questions to exercise their memory. For example, how many candy canes were in the video? Who was in the green sleigh? And so on.

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