It’s the run up to Christmas and one way to have fun, learn a little about Christmas and get some reading practice in is to do a class Christmas Quiz. Here is a selection of 10 Christmas Quiz ideas to try out with your learners. Remember – if they think they can do better than the ones on offer then either make one yourself using these to inspire you or even get your learners to make their own.
Test your learners knowledge of Christmas with these ten questions. You can either get them to write down their answer and pass it to the next person to mark (before returning it) and then take a class poll on what they think the right answer is. I always throw out a few bonus points as they come to me. After the question on the left I asked them to write down the names of the other reindeers, then looked them up online and gave out bonus points for each – it kept the game a little more exciting.
If you liked the last Christmas Quiz then give this one a go too. I think the questions are a little harder but if you think your learners are up for it then why not give it a go. You can always play this quiz straight on the end of the last one if you are looking for a quiz with more than just 10 questions. Play these two and you’ve doubled the amount of questions to 20.
I don’t know how your multiple computer access situation is but when my learners are on a computer in pairs I’m lucky enough to have a large screen connected to a computer at the front of the class. Learners told me where to click (moving from the reindeer towards the candy cane) and when they saw the question I gave them until the first pair said “next” to find the answer on the internet. I then took the direction the pair that said next told me to take in the game. This continued until we had finished. If you want to be extra sneaky (and give slower ones a little more of a chance) then get learners to write the answer down. You can then (sneakily) get them to write out questions to the answers they have written down at the end of the game.
The CBBC website has a few fun christmas quizzes up. The nice thing about this page is that there are a few quizzes there for learners to work through autonomously on computers. You can monitor and help with language (or even set an online dictionary for them to use) while learners take each quiz in turn. Encourage them to make a note of how many points they score in each so that you can declare a winner at the end of the activity.
A downloadable interactive PowerPoint Quiz for Christmas from the people at tes. No searching questions here – just 15 multiple choice questions based around Santa, The Nativity and Traditions. Click on the correct answer and you’ll get a ‘Well Done’, but click on the incorrect answer and you’ll get a ‘Try Again’ for the opportunity to go back and have another go.
Well sometimes it’s best just to do your own quiz so you can grade the language, add your own images and effects or simply so that it can be saved on a network computer for other teachers to use. If this is the case then check out this website for a large list of Christmas questions and answers. The site invites you to cut and paste but I find it’s a good idea to check their spelling and grade some of the language there for your own purposes.
This site has a mix of all the above. There are interactive quizzes, ideas for questions with answers and explanations as well as video quizzes with audio. It’s a bit like going to Santa’s grotto and having a lucky dip grab – you might be lucky and find something you really like here.
If you are feeling extra adventurous then one idea might be to have a Christmas quiz that goes with Christmas Carols. This quiz focusses on just that. What would be great now is if you can find all these carols online on a video sharing site and play them while the question is up there. Hey Presto! You have a listening and reading activity. Would be a great one to do but sadly I have two more ideas to come up with for this post so I’ll leave this one for you.
If you are not feeling so inspired to make your own Christmas Quizzes and you are simply looking for more to use in the connected classroom then here’s a nice little website. There’s a novice level quiz as well as a regular level quiz, which is a little trickier, and also a more challenging expert level. It’s worth making a note of the website too as there are a load of quizzes on all sorts of topics here.
There is some demand for downloadable PowerPoint quizzes that have already been made for you. Here are some more. A word of warning though – these have not been made with English language learners in mind so a little tweeking here and there may be needed. Good luck!