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“Spring” Idioms

 Discuss the meaning of these idioms with your class.

1. No Spring Chicken Bouquet of tulips

2. Spring Into Action

3. Spring To Attention

4. Spring Up

5. Spring To Mind

6. Spring At Someone

7. Hope Springs Eternal

8. Spring Back To Life

9. To Spring For…

10. Spring To Someone’s Defense


How Many Words?

How many words can you make out of “April Showers”.

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Easter Vocabulary

Write the words on the right in alphabetic order on the lines on the left. cute young woman

1 :___________________________   basket

2 :___________________________   bunny

3 :___________________________   candy

4 :___________________________   egg

5 :___________________________   daffodil

6 :___________________________   dye

7 :___________________________   jellybean

8 :___________________________   symbol

9 :___________________________   bonnet

10 :___________________________  lily

11 :___________________________  chocolate

12 :___________________________  parade

13 :___________________________  chick

14 :___________________________  hiding

15 :___________________________  decorate

B: Describe the meaning of each of the words.

C:Write a story using all of the above words.


Easter Self Survey

A. Give 10 reasons why you like Easter using “I like Easter because…”  

B. Now, ask these questions to others in your class, or find a practice partner. preschoolers

1. I like Easter because __________________________________.

2. I like Easter because __________________________________.

3. I like Easter because __________________________________.

4. I like Easter because __________________________________.

5. I like Easter because __________________________________.

6. I like Easter because __________________________________.

7. I like Easter because __________________________________.

8. I like Easter because __________________________________.

9. I like Easter because __________________________________.

10. I like Easter because _________________________________.


Easter Poem

“The Chocolate Rabbit” Butterfly Queen of Spain Fritillary - spring landscape

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate word.

 Eat  Rabbit  Easter  Ate  Moment  Tail  Love  Chocolate  Nibbled

I got a __________ rabbit

For an __________ treat,

A great big chocolate rabbit

Good enough to __________.

So I __________ his ears on Sunday,

His nose I finished Monday.

Tuesday I __________ on his feet.

I ate his __________ on Wednesday

Thursday I kept on,

By Friday he was going,

Saturday he was gone.

Oh, I loved my chocolate __________

From the __________ that he came,

And if I get another one,

I’ll __________ him just the same.


Work with a partner to discover what the idiom means.

  1. To egg someone on
  2. To put all your eggs in one basket
  3. To walk on egg shells
  4. You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs easter
  5. Like a rabbit caught in the headlights
  6. To be like a rabbit caught in the headlights
  7. To pull a rabbit out of the hat
  8. A goose egg
  9. To have egg on one’s face
  10. Pull a rabbit out of a hat

Easter Egg Emotions

Using real egg shells (before class get some eggs, puncture a hole at both ends and blow out the insides of the egg, then wash out). Use coloured felt pens to draw faces in the different emotions below:

  • Happiness Easter Kids
  • Surprise
  • Discovery
  • Kindness
  • Respect
  • Appreciation
  • Wonder
  • Love
  • Friendship
  • Hope

Go over the words with the class first and get them to guess individually and in groups which word goes with which egg.


How Many Words can You Make from “Happy Easter”?

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Advanced Easter Conversation Discussion Prompts

happy easterThese conversation prompts are perfect for an Easter themed discussion lesson. The questions are easily scaled to any level of speaker and they allow all to be involved, whether in small or large groups or presentation format. Happy Easter! 

 1) Do you celebrate Easter in your country?

2) How do you celebrate Easter in your country?

3) Do you have any special family traditions?

4) What do you do to celebrate it?

5) Do you consider it an important holiday? Why or why not?

6) Do you think it used to be more important than it is today? Why or why not?

7) What are the 40 days before Easter called?

What special activities or events happen in those 40 days?

Do you observe these 40 days?

8) What is the Sunday before Easter called?

What is it remembering?

9) What is the Friday before Easter called?

What is it remembering?

10) Do you think most people consider Easter time a religious celebration? Why or why not?

11) How do you think the Easter bunny and hiding colored eggs came to be part of the celebration of Easter?

12) Do you think it is wrong to associate religious holidays with other types of things, like Easter and the bunny? Christmas and Santa Claus?



Restaurant ESL

Taking your young adult ESL learners to a restaurant, or at least talking about restaurant culture, is an important step in acclimatizing them to life in a new country through a very “typical” English experience. As you probably know, restaurants are the perfect way to introduce a number of different subjects to your students:

• Food
• Table etiquette
• Manners
• Asking directions
• Common restaurant expressions

Exposing students to the above subjects is an important step in building confidence for life outside the home. Restaurant experiences are often spontaneous, so they require students to be ready and comfortable with the language.  James from Engvid provides several great teaching points you can incorporate into your classroom lesson or class trip to a restaurant. Here are some things he highlights:

• The differences between fast food, casual and fine dining
• Using “May I have…” or “Can I have…”
• The meaning of “Party of” or “Table of/for”
• What’s in a menu?
• What is a drink order?
• The differences between appetizers, main course, pls sides or substitutes, and dessert
• What is a “Special”
• Paying for the meal; cheques, bills, taxes and tips
Check it out below!

While “role plays” have their place in the classroom, there’s nothing better than experience to really cement something in a students mind. That’s why taking them out to a restaurant for the real thing is invaluable.

Go over the above points during one or two classes and get your students comfortable. Then take them out for a meal and coach them through the experience. They’ll be nervous and make mistakes, but with you there they’ll begin to build up their confidence.

Good luck and good teaching.

Question: What is your favourite kind of restaurant? (Leave a comment below):

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