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That's the Spirit
L4 - U3

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Unit Overview:

Level 4 Unit 3: “That’s the Spirit” explores the joy, traditions, and cultural significance of various holidays around the world. Students will learn new vocabulary related to different holidays, practice grammar with suffixes, and share their own holiday experiences. Each lesson is designed to enhance English skills while immersing students in the festive spirit. From family gatherings to national celebrations, this unit brings the magic of holidays into the classroom.

  • Holidays: Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Hanukkah, Ramadan

  • Birthday: Party, Cake, Presents, Balloons

  • Party Activities: Games, Dance, Sing, Feast

  • National Holidays: Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Women’s Day

  • Cultural Festivals: Carnival, Lantern Festival, Diwali, Day of the Dead, Parade, Fireworks, Dance, Costume, La Tomatina (Spain), Holi (India), Running of the Bulls (Spain), Harbin Ice and Snow Festival (China)

  • Seasonal Celebrations: St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Traditions: Gift-giving, Decorating, Feasting, Caroling

  • Holiday Stories: Myth, Legend, Fable, Tale, Character, Setting, Plot, Moral

  • “I was (fearful) in the graveyard at night.”
  • “The pumpkin was (brightened) with a candle.”
  • “Her mom gave her an (adorable) teddy bear.”
  • “The clown costumes were so (colorful).”
  • “The haunted house was (frightening).”
  • “The birthday cake was ___.”
  • “We ___ with joy at the party.”
  • “The gifts were ___.”
  • “The party atmosphere was ___.”
  • “The music ___ the mood.”
  • “Things will improve if you are ___.”
  • “This holiday is ___.”
  • “Our love ___ each year.”
  • “Your contribution is ___.”
  • “The sugar ___ the cake.”
  • “The BBQ made everyone feel ___.”
  • “It is ___ to say thank you.”
  • “The Carnival parade was ___.”
  • “Day of the Dead is a ___ event.”
  • “The sky was ___ with fireworks.”
  • “The dancers performed ___.”
  • “Each costume was ___.”
  • “Cultural festivals are a ___ time.”

Lesson 1:

Today, we discussed popular holidays and practiced using suffixes to describe holiday activities and celebrations. You shared some wonderful holiday traditions and memories.

Vocabulary: Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Hanukkah


Lesson 2:

Today, we discussed birthday celebrations and practiced using suffixes to describe birthday elements and activities. You shared some wonderful stories about your birthday experiences.

Vocabulary: Party, Cake, Gifts, Balloons, Games, Dance, Sing


Lesson 3:

Today, we discussed national holidays and practiced using suffixes to describe these important celebrations. You shared some thoughtful insights about the significance of national holidays.

Vocabulary: Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day, Presidents’ Day


Lesson 4:

Today, we explored various cultural festivals and practiced using suffixes to describe festival scenes and emotions. You shared some fascinating insights about different cultural traditions.

Vocabulary: Carnival, Lantern Festival, Diwali, Hanukkah, Parades, Fireworks, Dances


Lesson 5:

Today, we reviewed the vocabulary, phonics, and grammar learned in previous lessons. You did a great job recalling the information and applying it in different contexts.

Vocabulary: All holiday-related vocabulary from previous lessons


Lesson 6:

Today, we discussed various religious holidays and practiced using suffixes to describe their significance and celebrations. You shared some insightful thoughts about different religious traditions.

Vocabulary: Easter, Diwali, Eid, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Yom Kippur, Christmas


Lesson 7:

Today, we explored various seasonal celebrations and practiced using suffixes to describe the festive activities and emotions. You shared some great stories about your favorite seasonal celebrations.

Vocabulary: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day


Lesson 8:

Today, we explored various holiday traditions and practiced using suffixes to describe these festive activities. You shared some lovely stories about your family’s holiday traditions.

Vocabulary: Gift-giving, Decorating, Feasting, Caroling, Lantern lighting, Tree planting, Community service


Lesson 9:

Today, we explored different types of holiday stories and practiced using suffixes to enhance our storytelling. You created some imaginative sentences and shared great insights about famous holiday tales.

Vocabulary: Myth, Legend, Fable, Tale, Character, Setting, Plot, Moral