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Title: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: ajenkns1 on December 09, 2010, 03:22:57 pm
A powerpoint I made for an open class relating to the movie "Elf". Shots of Empire State Building, info, NYC and Rockefeller Center, and American Christmas traditions.
Enjoy!
Title: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: MissLu on November 16, 2011, 11:14:50 am
So... it's about that time of year! You know... when the students are pretty much finished with all their exams and couldn't care less about anything school related (as if they ever did in the first place ;)).

For my own sanity, I always show a movie the last 2 weeks of the semester. The problem is, my middle school students are expert complainers and have impossibly high standards when it comes to any movie I show them.

I am looking for a Christmas movie that will interest them. Last year, I showed them "Elf" and they were slightly entertained. Though, the humor was hard to grasp and they all felt sorry for him for being "mentally handicapped" (they refused to believe he was a real elf and instead felt sorry for the grown man in tights with serious issues).

Here's what I am looking for in a Christmas movie (or should I say, what won’t result in complaints):

1). Something NOT animated. My middle schoolers are “too cool” for that stuff right now. “Teacher, we not baby!” 

2). Something with NO SONGS. Usually, this is something that occurs in the dreaded animated film. Songs result in heavy sighs and eye rolling.

3). Something with limited “tender moments.” Cue the single falling snowflake, soft music, and man with tear rolling down his cheek as an innocent child teaches him the real meaning of Christmas. Cue middle school students with whispered swear words and heads plopping on desk.

4). Something not too popular in Korea. Sometimes when I say “Christmas movie,” they all start naming the same 3 Christmas movies they’ve been forced to see year after year (i.e. Home Alone).

5). Something popular enough so I can find Korean subs. We’re still working on making sentences longer than 2 words… The subs are definitely needed.

6). No offensive material. Though they would love to watch something highly inappropriate, I obviously cannot show anything with questionable content (sexual scenarios, swear words, blood… you get the point).

The only movie my students ever went crazy for was Karate Kid (Best Kid) with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. It had elements they crave: pre-teen boys fighting over a girl by kicking each other’s butts. Now, if only this movie took place around Christmas time, it would be perfect.

So, I welcome any suggestions that follow the guidelines above. There are so many good Christmas movies out there. What worked for your students?

Thank you!
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: camka902 on November 16, 2011, 12:25:14 pm
I have been thinking about showing the American classic "A Christmas story" but I don't know how well that would go over.  It has many different elements, but maybe its a little too young for the middle school students.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: pcunit2009 on November 16, 2011, 12:34:17 pm
Love Actually.... its ok for 3rd graders. not so sure it would be first and second graders - but my 3rd graders liked it!
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: daforshner on November 16, 2011, 12:38:01 pm
The Grinch who Stole Christmas - the Jim Carey version
Elf- Will Ferrell
The Santa Clause - Tim Allan

These may be a bit young, but they are big movies that you might find with Korean subs

Love Actually would be a great one to show for older students!
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: simplypanda on November 16, 2011, 12:51:19 pm


Love Actually would be a great one to show for older students!

If you do 'Love Actually' make sure you get the edited Korean version rather than the Hollywood version. My coteacher didn't realize they were different and showed it to her students. They were all very surprised about the stand in couple who is basically naked in every scene they appear in. Another thing about Love Actually, is that a lot of your students have probably seen it. It's really popular in Korea.

Christmas with the Kranks is pretty funny.
Home Alone is classic (but also popular in Korea I think)
Gremlins? Sorta a Christmas movie... right?
Edward Scissorhands
The Family Man
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: MissLu on November 16, 2011, 03:06:01 pm
Good suggestions! I'm glad to hear there is a Korean version of "Love Actually." I was a little shocked thinking teachers were showing the naked scenes to students! I will definitely look into those.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: mc2 on November 16, 2011, 05:23:51 pm
Home Alone worked great.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: atmosphere on November 16, 2011, 08:18:01 pm
Jingle all the Way.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: kkwalter on November 17, 2011, 12:31:28 pm
I am also trying to decide which movie to show my students.
I teach at an all girls middle school. I think I can take up two class periods with a movie hopefully the last two weeks of December. Easy for me and for them

I asked some of my students and they claim that everyone has seen Home Alone.
Love Actually sounds like a good one, but I don't know how to get the video with subtitles.
Another suggestion is the movie Serendipity. It isn't all christmas themed but I LOVE THIS MOVIE.. and it almost always makes me feel in the mood for Christmas. I would love to show it but need subtitles.. still searching for them.

Also could be cool to teach them a neat vocab word. Serendipity. And you could lead the class to talk about missed connections and hold a discussion about what you would do if you met someone you really liked but then didn't know how to contact them. How would you feel? What would you do?

I will keep checking back on this post to see what the other suggestions are.. I am really pumped to relax the final two weeks of December xx
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: K on November 17, 2011, 01:12:07 pm
I was thinking Christmas Story.. but it was mentioned.
What about National Lampoon's Christmas vacation? It's PG-13 and hilarious. If you know how to use any editing program, you can easily cut out any scenes you deem inappropriate.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: MissLu on November 17, 2011, 01:18:10 pm
I am also trying to decide which movie to show my students.
I teach at an all girls middle school. I think I can take up two class periods with a movie hopefully the last two weeks of December. Easy for me and for them

I asked some of my students and they claim that everyone has seen Home Alone.
Love Actually sounds like a good one, but I don't know how to get the video with subtitles.
Another suggestion is the movie Serendipity. It isn't all christmas themed but I LOVE THIS MOVIE.. and it almost always makes me feel in the mood for Christmas. I would love to show it but need subtitles.. still searching for them.

Also could be cool to teach them a neat vocab word. Serendipity. And you could lead the class to talk about missed connections and hold a discussion about what you would do if you met someone you really liked but then didn't know how to contact them. How would you feel? What would you do?

I will keep checking back on this post to see what the other suggestions are.. I am really pumped to relax the final two weeks of December xx

I'm also pumped for the last 2 weeks! I started counting down ^^

You're very fortunate to teach at an all girls school. You can stick to girly topics and those girls probably eat it up! I'd love to show a more sentimental movie (i like the stuff) but I have more boys in my school than girls. The boys are the ones who control the class. They are the ones that talk and engage in lessons, whereas the girls are too shy or too busy slathering on loads of make-up to care. I think I could show any movie and girls would watch it-- that's the lovely thing about girl students! It's the boys who are constantly complaining if it's not up to their macho standards.  Maybe I could edit Serendipity to have an explosion scene half-way through  ;)
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: cansom on November 17, 2011, 01:43:19 pm
If anyone has links to where I can download any of these Christmas movie suggestions, with subtitles please, can you please post them here. I have no idea where to try and find them.
Thank you so much!
By the way, Edward Scissor Hands would be a good movie and my middle school girls seem to love Johnny Depp...
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: K on November 17, 2011, 02:45:00 pm
If anyone has links to where I can download any of these Christmas movie suggestions, with subtitles please, can you please post them here. I have no idea where to try and find them.
Thank you so much!
By the way, Edward Scissor Hands would be a good movie and my middle school girls seem to love Johnny Depp...

torrentdown.kr
Have a Korean friend help you register.

Or you can just download the subtitles separate and add them in.
Title: A Christmas Story movie and subtitles
Post by: samuelmp on November 30, 2011, 01:46:38 pm
to download the movie go here : http://www.filesonic.kr/file/3512794764/A.Christmas.Story.1983.DVDRip.XviD-FiNaLe.avi#


to download the subtitles go here: http://gom.gomtv.com/jmdb/view.html?intSeq=411417
Title: Re: A Christmas Story movie and subtitles
Post by: koreanlostinkorea on December 04, 2011, 09:54:14 pm
woah! great find!....might totally focus class for the next month around this....BIG THANKS!!!
Title: Re: A Christmas Story movie and subtitles
Post by: juskajo on December 05, 2011, 09:36:34 am
ah pity...  i thought somebody had finally found or made korean subs for this.

can anybody's middle school students actually keep up with english subtitles?
Title: Re: A Christmas Story movie and subtitles
Post by: marlon julius on December 05, 2011, 09:41:06 am
Hi,

I tried to download the movie, but I cant. Is the only option to pay?
Title: Re: A Christmas Story movie and subtitles
Post by: Koreachess on December 05, 2011, 10:41:04 am
to download the movie go here : http://www.filesonic.kr/file/3512794764/A.Christmas.Story.1983.DVDRip.XviD-FiNaLe.avi#


to download the subtitles go here: http://gom.gomtv.com/jmdb/view.html?intSeq=411417

The subtitles seem to be only in English. By any chance are there any files that have Korean Subtitles?
Title: Re: A Christmas Story movie and subtitles
Post by: samuelmp on December 05, 2011, 10:51:49 am
unfortunately, I was unable to find any korean subtitles for it. I have tried and tried but all I get is English subtitles.
Title: Re: A Christmas Story movie and subtitles
Post by: juskajo on December 06, 2011, 10:52:15 am
people ask about korean subs to this movie every year.  they don't exist, or somebody would've found them by now.

if somebody were to WRITE subs for this movie, he/she would be a hero to the waygook community for generations to come and would never have to buy a drink again.
Title: Re: A Christmas Story movie and subtitles
Post by: koreanlostinkorea on December 07, 2011, 09:28:39 am
bah yeah...just tried this the subs are all in ENGLISH...thanks for telling us >=(....

good thing i had back up lessons.
Title: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: actualstarfish on December 14, 2011, 10:00:51 am
If so, how did it go over with your students?

I'd like to show The Snowman because it is one of my favorite animations. However, I fear that the students might not have the attention spans to quiet down and appreciate its subtlety.

I'd be okay with showing the old Grinch cartoon too, except I wonder if the language would make it too difficult to understand the plot.

Anyone have any thoughts, opinions, or experiences they'd like to share? Or, does anyone have any good relevant materials for these two short films?
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: sambelina78 on December 14, 2011, 11:48:39 am
Hello actualstarfish

I showed The Snowman last year and a few times this year too - i also LOVE the movie. I have some questions and an activity to accompany it.... would love to hear any other ideas you have on it.
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: Paul on December 14, 2011, 11:56:03 am
Burndog blogs on using "The Snowman" in class annually complete with lesson plan overviews. The man is a genius. He's got me well convinced that if I ever need to plan all three thirds of a kampeu, that it'd be incomplete without it. Plus, Bowie: you freaky man, you. I'd link Burndog's blog but as its NSFW its better you just Google it along with "The Snowman" or sift through his posts here.
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: sambelina78 on December 14, 2011, 11:59:06 am
okay, so here are my comprehension questions and another activity - how to build a snowman
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: actualstarfish on December 14, 2011, 01:22:06 pm
I found some materials on the EFLclassroom website earlier today:

http://community.eflclassroom.com/video/the-snowman

But I wonder how well those activities would work with a class full of rowdy middle schoolers who just finished their finals.

When I taught Elementary last year, I showed it to my 4th grade after school class and they seemed generally interested in the movie and the activities I made. They even sang the "Walking in the Air" song with me. I'm just unsure of how my middle school students will react (especially the grade 2s from hell)
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: sambelina78 on December 14, 2011, 01:57:29 pm
I tried to also get my second grade middle schoolers to sing Walking in the Air - I gave them all lyrics. told them how famous the song was in the UK when the movie first came out, how much of a cherished Christmas memory it was for me... and got nothing!! They just stared blankly at the screen!!

Haha!! However, apart from the song, they enjoyed the lesson and the movie. Even the boys!!!
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: Jayne on December 14, 2011, 02:10:19 pm
Although I too love the movie, I could see The Snowman being risky with my students, especially after exams.

But I did the Grinch with my 1st grade MS this week. So far, it is going over pretty well! I first tell them the story of the Grinch (found on here posted by someone else, thank you ^^) Then we listen to the Grinch song, which they have loved so far! That leaves me with 5-10 minutes of class left in which I show them the new movie with Jim Carrey. I just show them a clip, around the 1 hour mark, where the song begins and he starts making his sleigh to steal Christmas, since this is the part we talked about in class.

But, if you wanna do the whole movie instead of the song, I'm sure you can pull it off. I would just present the story of the Grinch to them. Maybe read it on powerpoint or something and make sure they know Dr. Seuss is about rhyming and silly words so they understand that aspect. Then show them the original version! :)

good luck!
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: jwnyy on December 15, 2011, 08:06:50 am
Thanks, actualstarfish! It will help alot! ^_^
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: actualstarfish on December 16, 2011, 08:07:23 am
Thanks for the ideas everyone. I think I'm gonna show The Snowman to my 1st graders on Monday and see how it goes. I will give a short speech before the movie telling them the importance of the movie and asking them to do their best to appreciate it. Or, if not, at least try not to bother the students who are interested in it.

If The Snowman bombs then I will throw together a Grinch lesson for the old 1966 cartoon. I'll let you all know how things went.

By the way, if any of you are also big fans of The Snowman, I'd highly recommend watching another short animated film by the same director (Dianne Jackson) called "Granpa."
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: auster on December 16, 2011, 09:03:06 am
I showed it to MS 2nd grade boys, they seemed to like it. I think the animation style, the magic of the story and, of course, the famous song in the middle part interested them. I recommend showing the DVD or doing what a friend* did and download the version form P$rate Bay (other file sharing websites are available) because the visual quality of the YouTube version is poor. I'm disappointed my version as an intro by Santa voiced by Mel Smith rather then the version with the Thin White Duke at the beginning.

*I would 'never' advocate illegal file sharing, err, umm.
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: ktrzm on December 16, 2011, 11:36:04 am
I was thinking of using the grinch this year, change it up a bit since I haven't taught it yet. But I forgot about the snowman. Good tip. Decisions decisions.
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: actualstarfish on December 16, 2011, 03:11:20 pm
okay, so here are my comprehension questions and another activity - how to build a snowman

Hey sambelina. How did you run the "How to make a snowman" activity? Was it a speed game in groups? I'm trying to think of something to do related to The Snowman but I don't want to have my kids do worksheets the week before winter break. They would literally rip them apart. I think an activity like this would be the best substitute
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: Paperinkness on December 19, 2011, 05:54:51 pm
I soooo wanted to show my kids National Lampoon's Christmas vacation, as it's a family tradition, but I can't find the Korean subtitles for it.

I'm starting to believe it doesn't exist, which is such a shame. Has anyone found it?
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: K on December 20, 2011, 07:51:49 am
I soooo wanted to show my kids National Lampoon's Christmas vacation, as it's a family tradition, but I can't find the Korean subtitles for it.

I'm starting to believe it doesn't exist, which is such a shame. Has anyone found it?

I don't think they exist. I spent SO much time searching in English and Korean. I tried so many sites. I don't think it exists. Sorry. I settled for English in the end. I guess you could always make your own subs if you have the time and patience.. haha. I was thinking of editing the movie (taking out some scenes that aren't appropriate and making it shorter for class) and then adding subtitles, but I'm running short on time. If I do, I'll PM you ASAP.
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: scottab123 on December 22, 2011, 09:29:41 am
See this thread for ideas and materials relating to the 1966 animated version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

http://waygook.org/index.php/topic,16538.msg131277.html#msg131277 (http://waygook.org/index.php/topic,16538.msg131277.html#msg131277)

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: CorbenDallas on December 22, 2011, 01:27:04 pm
I showed How the Grinch Sole Christmas... it was pretty hit or miss.
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: scottab123 on December 22, 2011, 02:53:56 pm
I showed How the Grinch Sole Christmas... it was pretty hit or miss.

Hm, I'd be interested to know how you used the film.

I spend about five minutes introducing the film and the characters, then watch the film.  It's short, about 25 minutes.  It's old, but it's zaney enough to interest most students.

After that, I play a quick trivia game for candy prizes.  And finally I play a game in which a few students are "The Grinch" and steal the other student's gifts.  Check my earlier post for a link to the lesson materials.

It's been going over pretty well for my middle school students.
Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: lennonloverlady on December 23, 2011, 07:47:41 am
I showed the Grinch, but to only my higher level classes. I couldn't find Korean subtitles, but the higher levels did really well with the English subs. I gave a Christmas introduction where I introduced the verbs; decorate and feast (also a noun) as well as other Xmas vocabulary; stocking, christmas tree, ornaments, a Grinch, etc.
  I made a Movie Scavenger hunt worksheet and told my students that they must find the answers during the video. I awarded completed worksheets with 3 stickers, so my students were pretty keen on finding those answers and following the movie. I helped a bit by writing the sentences they needed with the answer blanked out on the blackboard.
  The kids loved the dog Max, and the scenes of the Grinch stealing things and knocking down the ornaments like a pool shot!

I showed my lower levels 'Shrek the Halls' and also made a Scavenger Hunt worksheet. I will attach that as well.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and can spread the theme of Family and Love without presents to all your students!

Title: Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Post by: actualstarfish on December 23, 2011, 03:36:59 pm
Thanks everyone. I decided to show The Snowman to all 22 of my classes this week. I gave a short speech before watching the movie in each class and made it clear that I wanted no talking during it. I found myself walking around policing some of the classes whereas others seemed to be okay. The grade 1s enjoyed it the most. The grade 2s were, as always, the most difficult to deal with and the grade 3s were somewhere between the two.

There were of course a few students in every class whose eyes were totally glued to the screen and in a couple classes it went over very well. The best class was actually the lowest level grade 1 class (my grade 1s are separated). They were absolutely silent throughout the movie and even one kid who made a racist comment in class the week before was totally entranced by it and I caught him and a couple other students misty eyed at the ending too. Ah, how I love that movie.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: actualstarfish on December 09, 2016, 09:27:00 am
It's been many years, but I've decided to use The Snowman (animated version) in class again. I wanted to share some great materials that I found online:

https://earlyyearsenglish.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/the-snowman/

They can be easily adapted to different levels. I particularly like the idea of story sequencing, student responses, and retelling to other students rather than just filling out a comprehension worksheet after the film. 

I am going to fiddle around with the retelling frames to make an activity that will work with groups. At the moment I'm thinking of putting students in pairs, having one pair put a story sequence together and the other filling out their responses on the cards (all based on the retelling frames), then having pairs share with each other in groups of four. It isn't perfect as it will involve only half of the class sharing their opinions, but it's the best I can come up with off the top of my head for a limited class time of 50 minutes. I should mention that I am teaching low level high school now.

If anyone has suggestions for how to run the post-viewing story activity better, I'm all ears. If I modify any materials I'll post them here.

Side note: That Bowie introduction has become suddenly poignant this time around :sad:
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: K.parris03 on December 14, 2016, 09:10:23 am
You guys are crazy. I would never show  the Snowman to any of my classes again. Just showed it to a 1st grade group, and yes they were quiet throughout, but as soon as it was finished and I turned the lights on, half of them immediately put their heads down as if they were bored out of their minds and determined not to do anything else pertaining to the movie from there on.

It's like 25 mins long, which is 15 mins longer than it should be. It's too cheesy for 12-year-olds. I'm stopping at that one class I showed it to. My confidence immediately dropped after that response.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: yirj17 on December 14, 2016, 09:15:42 am
I just show clips or short videos and then do crafts while playing Christmas music in the background. Thinking of these videos for this year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPblZa10_Pk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPblZa10_Pk)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX2d1LamXb0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX2d1LamXb0)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zyoMQ4Khts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zyoMQ4Khts)
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: Chinguetti on December 14, 2016, 11:14:46 am
I'm expected to have at least one movie day with my kids this winter camp, and I want it to be Christmas or Winter themed.

Which do you think would go over best with middle school kids (boys and girls):

The Santa Clause (1994)
Arthur Christmas
Rise of the Guardians
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version)
Jingle All The Way (I remember this being family friendly?)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (I love this film but I think a lot of my kids don't really like heavy musical numbers, so I'm probably not going to show it)

I'm also open to alternative suggestions, but the above is what I'm thinking about atm.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: steviegerro on December 14, 2016, 12:23:39 pm
You guys are crazy. I would never show  the Snowman to any of my classes again. Just showed it to a 1st grade group, and yes they were quiet throughout, but as soon as it was finished and I turned the lights on, half of them immediately put their heads down as if they were bored out of their minds and determined not to do anything else pertaining to the movie from there on.

It's like 25 mins long, which is 15 mins longer than it should be. It's too cheesy for 12-year-olds. I'm stopping at that one class I showed it to. My confidence immediately dropped after that response.

I'd agree with this, great if you're a kid from the west. We grew up with this.

Two videos I'm considering.

Mr Bean Christmas Special.

Ice Age Christmas special (with Korean subtitles).
I've posted the link to plenty of animations below.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLl4RI1pH-8dH2GvRe5riffuoSi3HnY3Tp
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: hockeyguard on December 14, 2016, 12:37:10 pm
You guys are crazy. I would never show  the Snowman to any of my classes again. Just showed it to a 1st grade group, and yes they were quiet throughout, but as soon as it was finished and I turned the lights on, half of them immediately put their heads down as if they were bored out of their minds and determined not to do anything else pertaining to the movie from there on.

It's like 25 mins long, which is 15 mins longer than it should be. It's too cheesy for 12-year-olds. I'm stopping at that one class I showed it to. My confidence immediately dropped after that response.

I'd agree with this, great if you're a kid from the west. We grew up with this.

Two videos I'm considering.

Mr Bean Christmas Special.

Ice Age Christmas special (with Korean subtitles).
I've posted the link to plenty of animations below.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLl4RI1pH-8dH2GvRe5riffuoSi3HnY3Tp

Your link is seriously amazing! Thank you for putting all these great movies in one place :)
I also found a few Doctor Who Christmas videos:
http://blog.naver.com/ssoljee/50158489590
http://blog.naver.com/ingangdosa/220570116584
http://blog.naver.com/ingangdosa/220584736697
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: lifeisgood6447 on December 14, 2016, 02:37:30 pm
I'm expected to have at least one movie day with my kids this winter camp, and I want it to be Christmas or Winter themed.

Which do you think would go over best with middle school kids (boys and girls):

The Santa Clause (1994)
Arthur Christmas
Rise of the Guardians
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version)
Jingle All The Way (I remember this being family friendly?)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (I love this film but I think a lot of my kids don't really like heavy musical numbers, so I'm probably not going to show it)

I'm also open to alternative suggestions, but the above is what I'm thinking about atm.

I was also planning a movie for camp, and I am also leaning toward The Santa Clause (Tim Allen; 1994). Hopefully I can find it with subs. I remember me being around their age during that time, and I rather enjoyed it, so I am sure they will get a kick out of it. I also considered  Elf and Bad Santa...just joking about the last one.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: debbiem89 on December 16, 2016, 11:05:31 am
The Grinch ( I LOVE LOVE this movie)
The Santa Clause


Father Christmas (1991 animated short)  was pretty good from what I remember! Not cheesy at all.

I can't remember everything about it as I haven't watched it for YEARS so maybe give it a watch and check it's appropriate or whether you think your students will like it.

My kids LOVE Mr. Bean so anything with him I think you're golden.

(Whoever made the comment earlier about "Grandpa" by the way...OH MY GOD...I love this! I used to think it was so sad as a kid. )
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: Chinguetti on December 19, 2016, 12:26:51 pm
I was also planning a movie for camp, and I am also leaning toward The Santa Clause (Tim Allen; 1994). Hopefully I can find it with subs. I remember me being around their age during that time, and I rather enjoyed it, so I am sure they will get a kick out of it. I also considered  Elf and Bad Santa...just joking about the last one.

Yeah, I've decided to let the kids choose between Santa Clause, The Grinch, and Elf.

Did you manage to find Santa Clause with subs? If not, send me a PM.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: tledholmes on December 19, 2016, 01:06:20 pm
There is a bunch of Christmas movies including Shrek the Halls, Kung Fu Panda Xmas special and Elf on Netflix with Korean subtitles already included if like me anyone forgot haha.

Merry Christmas
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: DeaneJames on December 19, 2016, 02:21:58 pm
Im busy showing my grade 1 middle schoolers the Grinch and they are really enjoying it.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: MissSA on December 20, 2016, 07:40:05 am
noooooo ㅠ_ㅠ I was super excited to show my kids Home Alone 2 until I read this thread and now y'all have me convinced they'll be Super Bored (a notch above regular super bored). Oh well, it's for winter camp, so it'll be the polite kids who are good at feigning interest.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: lifeisgood6447 on December 20, 2016, 07:40:07 am
I was also planning a movie for camp, and I am also leaning toward The Santa Clause (Tim Allen; 1994). Hopefully I can find it with subs. I remember me being around their age during that time, and I rather enjoyed it, so I am sure they will get a kick out of it. I also considered  Elf and Bad Santa...just joking about the last one.

Yeah, I've decided to let the kids choose between Santa Clause, The Grinch, and Elf.

Did you manage to find Santa Clause with subs? If not, send me a PM.

I wasn't and I will.Help!...hahaha. thanks!
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: marbar23 on December 20, 2016, 08:53:48 am
I'm showing my kids The nightmare before Christmas and most of them seem to really enjoy it.
I try to choose a movie that I don't mind watching 18 times a week. So I'd recommend this movie.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: wantsomecoffee on December 22, 2016, 09:13:01 am
recently did elf in an english club. here is a worksheet i created to complement the movie.
be sure to change the chinese to korean (i am teaching in taiwan).
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: actualstarfish on February 21, 2017, 03:08:10 pm
Wanted to post this before I forgot. For those of you who don't have coal in your hearts, I put together some story sequence cards for The Snowman, based on some of the activities on the website I linked to before:  https://earlyyearsenglish.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/the-snowman/ (https://earlyyearsenglish.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/the-snowman/)

I'll attach a very quickly thrown together lesson plan which explains how the story sequence cards were used. Feel free to modify and tweak as you wish. My students are very low level so we weren't able to get through all of the story sequence activities I had planned, but they were interested enough. Having some cards without pictures allowed the students who liked drawing to really shine, while the rest could focus on ordering and making English sentences. I was pleasantly surprised. One could extend this into two class periods if desired.

My students may not have found this the most exciting movie, but it's not meant to be flashy. With the right introduction you can keep the students attention, and even give them activities to complete while watching the film (or questions to think about) so that they are engaged. It works well in class because it can be shown in a single period with time left over for activities. With very high level students you could discuss the symbolism and animation style, and with low levels you can create simple activities because there is no dialogue. Thus, you can customize the activities as you see fit. I much prefer showing something with substance like this to my students as opposed to most of the other options, even if it takes a little extra extra work. For the record I do see the value in using things like Mr. Bean from time to time, but my students have all seen the Christmas special too many times.
Title: Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
Post by: kiky4u on April 05, 2017, 05:11:01 am
thanks a lot :)