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 12 Days of Christmas


BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: 12 Days of Christmas


DATE ADDED: Dec 07, 2010


  Large Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHuge Classes (40+ Students)Ô


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BRIEF OUTLINE: Study and sing the 12 days of Christmas.





    1. Pass out the lyrics and explain the 12 Days of Christmas song: Why is it the 12 days of Christmas instead of the 25 days, epiphany, How much all these presents cost, etc. The explanation is already written in Japanese on the right-hand side and the cost of the presents are at the bottom of the page.
    2. Listen to the song 2-3 times.
    3. Divide the class up into groups that evenly divide (12 students): 6 groups, 4 groups, 3 groups or 2 groups.
    4. Each group is responsible for certain days. If there are six groups then every group is responsible for two days.
    5. Sing the song with each group singing the days they are responsible for. If the class has six groups, then group one is responsible for days 1 and 7, group two is responsible for days 2 and 8, etc. Group one would start singing, "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a patridge in a pear tree." After they finish, the second group starts singing, "On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two turtle doves," then group one would sing. "and a partridge in a pear tree." I trust you get the idea. Basically, each group is responsible for singing everything about their days.


  • Everyone sings the whole song.



  • The students will need to practice for a little bit. I had the students practice their lines and let them write katakana (I know, the owner of Englipedia is cringing, but this this is the only time I let them use it). I then had the students read their lines the first time without trying to sing it. Afterwards it was time to sing!



  • The students are initially reluctant to sing even after all the practice they had. You really have to be energetic and get into it. Not a good lesson to teach while nursing a hangover from all the eggnog. In my classes, I had six rows so it worked out perfectly. I was running to each row and singing with them when it came to their part
  • The cost/price of everything at the bottom of the second page is old. If you want newer prices, try THIS website. They list the price for one of each item and the total cost if you bought one of each or bought multiples like the song does. It also explains where the price was derived from in case the JTE is curious as to how you can buy 12 drummers.

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