Match each symbol with its
holiday and month.
e) April Fools'
YOU’VE GOT STRANGE TELEGRAMS.
FIND OUT WHAT THEY SAY.
A little witch and a horrible skull appeared.
A white ghost and a green monster follow me.
A black cat and a bat scared me to death.
PUT THE SENTENCES IN THE RIGHT
ORDER TO FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE A
• Put the candle inside the pumpkin.
• Cut a nose and a mouth.
• Cut eyes.
• Put the pumpkin near the house.
• Take a big yellow pumpkin.
• Light a candle.
1. Take a big yellow pumpkin.
2. Cut eyes.
3. Cut a nose and a mouth.
4. Light a candle.
5. Put the candle inside the pumpkin.
6. Put the pumpkin near the house.
I am a pumpkin, big and round
(Use arms to show size of pumpkin)
Once upon a time I grew on the ground
(Point to the ground)
Now I have a mouth, two eyes, a nose
(Point to features on your face)
What are they there for, do you suppose?
(Right forefinger to forehead, thinking gesture)
When I have a candle inside shining bright
(Hold up right forefinger)
I'll be a Jack-O-Lantern on Halloween night!
(Thumbs in armpits, bragging gesture)
MATCH THE HOLIDAYS WITH THEIR DATES.
PUT THEM IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.
1. New Year's Day a. 5 November
2. St Valentine's Day b. 31 December
3. St Patrick's Day c. 1 January
4. Mother's Day d. 26 December
5. April Fool's Day e. 4 February
6. Easter f. 25 December
7. May Day g. The fourth Sunday in Lent
8. Spring Bank Holiday h. The second Sunday in November
9. Queen Official Birthday i. 1 April
10. Remembrance Sunday j. 31 October
11. Boxing Day k. The last Monday in August
12. New Year's Eve l. The second or third Saturday in June
13. Summer Bank Holiday m. Between 22 March and 25 April
14. Halloween n. The first Monday in May
15. Guy Fawkes' Day o. 17 March
16. Christmas Day p. The last Monday in May
GUESS THE NAMES OF THE HOLIDAYS
FROM THEIR DESCRIPTIONS.
• Millions of flowers are bought on this day. Cards are also
• People play tricks, practical jokes on each other on this day.
• It is an official holiday and it is not real. There are special
public ceremonies on this day.
• This is the day before All Saints' Day in the Christian
Calendar and is associated with the supernatural.
• On this day people remember the dead of both World Wars.
• People eat a stuffed roast turkey with roast potatoes and
• This holiday is based on events in the life of Jesus Christ. It
commemorates Christ's resurrection and His crucifixion.
• You can see bonfires burning and fireworks shooting across
the sky. Boys and girls push an old cart with a dummy.
FILL IN THE GAPS IN THE RHYMES WITH
THE NAMES OF HOLIDAYS.
1. Inside my heart the weather’s warm
There is no trace of wind and storm
And you just made the morning shine,
You said you’d be my ….. .
2. ...’s coming
The pumpkin’s getting fat.
Please put a spider
in the goblin’s hat.
3. … …, … …,
To blow up the Houses of Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow.
4. Twelve o’clock
And the world is still
As ….. star comes over the hill.
The angels sing, and sing again:
“Peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
5. It’s … Day, and our kitchen is crazy.
We all work together, and no one is lazy.
Dad mashes potatoes, and Hank sets the table.
We roast the turkey with my funny aunt Mabel.
Which of the resolutions do you find the
most important? Make your own resolutions.
On New Year’s Eve Americans write their New
Year’s resolutions. Here are some of the most
To get into shape
To get more organized
To give up smoking / drinking
To get / change the job
To keep a check on expenses and pay down debts
To buy a new house / renovate
To find new friends / love
To learn something new
To travel and enjoy more
DECEMBER, 31 - NEW YEAR’S EVE
What was the man’s answer?
Finish the humorous story.
500 Valentine’s Cards
Mike walked into a post office just before Valentine’s
Day. He noticed a middle-aged man standing in a corner
and sticking “Love” stamps on bright pink envelopes with
hearts all over them. Then the man got out a bottle of
Channel perfume from his pocket and started spraying
scent over the envelopes.
Mike got curious and asked the man why he was
sending all those cards. The man replied: “Every year I
send out 500 Valentine’s Day cards signed ‘Guess who?’”
“But why?” asked Mike. …….
FEBRUARY, 14 – VALENTINE’S DAY
APRIL, 1 – APRIL FOOL’S DAY
- Excuse me, could you tell me the way to Bath?
- Well, I always use soap and water.
- Where’s the best place to go when you are dying?
- The living-room.
- What’s lighter than feather but much harder to hold?
- Your breath.
- I’m losing my memory. It’s got me terribly worried.
- Never mind. Try to forget about it.
MATCH THE BEGINNING OF THE JOKE WITH
ITS PUNCH LINE.
1. - Tell me, little boy, how do you like school?
2. - And what will you do when you are as big as your mother?
3. - When is the best time to pick strawberries?
4. - If we get engaged, will you give me a ring?
5. - Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
6. - You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?
- When the farmer isn’t looking.
- Of course. What’s your number?
- No, sir, not a bit.
- Go on a diet.
- At the bottom.
What do you know about these people?
What are they famous for?
In English-speaking countries there is a
number of holidays dedicated to
Dr. Martin Luther King Day (US; 3rd Monday in
Burns Night (UK; January, 25)
Lincoln’s Birthday (US; February, 12)
Saint Patrick’s Day (UK; March, 17)
Columbus Day (US; 2nd Monday in October)
Guy Fawkes’ Day (UK; November, 5)
Which of them:
tried to blow up the British Parliament?
fought for civil rights of black people in the
is a patron saint of Ireland?
is a famous poet?
was an outstanding American president who
fought against slavery in the USA?
What are these holidays dedicated to?
How are they celebrated?
Find out more about them.
There are holidays with unusual, odd names:
• National Tooth Fairy Day (US; February, 28)
• National High Five Day (US; 3rd Thursday in April)
• Royal Oak Day (UK; May, 29)
• Pancake Day (UK; last Tuesday before Lent)
• Groundhog Day (US; February, 2)
Are you environmentally friendly? What does
this expression mean?
A number of holidays are dedicated to
nature and environment:
• World Day of Water (March, 22)
• Earth Day (April, 22)
• World Environment Day (June, 5)
Convince your friend to protect environment.
Discuss with your group mates whether they follow
• Sort out your rubbish.
• Use recycled paper to help save trees.
• Avoid buying plastic, refuse to use carrier bags offered by
• Don’t drop litter.
• Use less energy, switch off the lights, don’t waste water,
don’t boil more water than necessary when making a cup of
• Use a bicycle or walk instead of using a car for short trips.
• Buy organic food produced without the use of artificial
fertilizers and pesticides, use ‘environmentally-friendly’
detergents that cause water pollution.
Put the advice above in order of importance
to you. What else should you do to be
To stay healthy you should:
• Give up harmful habits
• Take vitamins regularly
• Observe healthy diet
• Stay away from the sun in summer
• Have enough of sleep
• Exercise, stay fit
APRIL, 7 - WORLD HEALTH DAY
Compare British holidays and their dates with
those in Ukraine. Which of these holidays don’t
we have in Ukraine? What other holidays do we
Which festival is the most unusual? Why?
Which festival would you like to take part in?
Design a poster about one of the festivals for
the English Week at school.
Introduce Ukrainian festivals to a foreigner.