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Re: Had anyone tried showing "The Snowman" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
« Reply #40 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.


Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #41 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:


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Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #42 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.


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Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #43 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=FX2d1LamXb0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zyoMQ4Khts


Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #44 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.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2016, 11:16:33 am by Chinguetti »


Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #45 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


Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #46 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


Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #47 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.


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Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #48 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. )
« Last Edit: December 16, 2016, 11:07:44 am by debbiem89 »


Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #49 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.


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Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #50 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


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Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #51 on: December 19, 2016, 02:21:58 pm »
Im busy showing my grade 1 middle schoolers the Grinch and they are really enjoying it.


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Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #52 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.


Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #53 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!


Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #54 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.


Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #55 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).


Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #56 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/

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.


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Re: Christmas Movie Ideas?
« Reply #57 on: April 05, 2017, 05:11:01 am »
thanks a lot :)