ESL Christmas Vocabulary Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

This lesson plan will help ESL students learn and use Christmas vocabulary words by participating in a read aloud, completing practice drills, and playing cooperative games. Finally, students will use the vocabulary words to write an original Christmas story.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define Christmas vocabulary words
  • Write using Christmas vocabulary words in the appropriate context
  • Use Christmas vocabulary when speaking, reading, or listening


Approximately 30-45 minutes

Curriculum Standards

This lesson is aligned to the following Common Core standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).


  • Santa Claus
  • Sleigh
  • Snow
  • Reindeer
  • Ornaments
  • Presents
  • Caroling
  • December
  • Merry
  • Holiday


  • One read-aloud text about Christmas
  • Copies of the list of vocabulary words
  • Large image of a classic Christmas scene (use a simple Internet search to find an image); try to find an image that portrays as many of the vocabulary words as possible
  • Multiple sets of flashcards with the vocabulary terms (one card with the word and another card with the corresponding image)
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Christmas music

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