Christmas Superstitions- 1st Conditional

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

If + Present Simple, will + infinitive to explain good and bad luck around Xmas and New Year

Christmas and New Year superstitions first conditional practice

Student A

Work in pairs with one Student A worksheet and one Student B worksheet per group. Take turns choosing one of the questions on your worksheet and telling your partner the whole sentence with three options (a, b and c) - the one true option that is written there and the two false options that you have made up (before or as you speak, as your teacher says).

 

If you find a ring in your Christmas pudding, you will

  1. a) be the next person at the table to marry b)

c)

 

If you put a piece of Christmas cake under your pillow, you will

  1. a) b) dream of your future husband.

c)

 

If the first person to enter the house after midnight on New Year’s Day is a dark haired man, you’ll

  1. a) have good luck b)

c)

 

If the first person to enter the house after midnight on New Year’s Day is a red head and/ or a woman, you will

  1. a) b)
  2. c) have bad luck

 

If you open the door at the strike of 12 midnight on New Year,

  1. a) b)
  2. c) good luck will come into the house and bad luck will leave

 

If a child is born on New Year’s Day, the family will become

  1. a) b) rich

c)

 

If you dance around a tree in the open air on New Year’s Day, you will

  1. a) remain healthy for the rest of the year b)

c)

 

If a girl sees a man passing her window when she first looks out on New Year’s Day, she

  1. a) b) will get married before the end of the year

c)

 

If you sweep the house on New Year’s Day,

  1. a)                             b)
  2. c) you’ll sweep the good luck out.

 

Do the same with other superstitions that you know or research, testing other groups and/ or your teacher.

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Student B

Work in pairs with one Student A worksheet and one Student B worksheet per group. Take turns choosing one of the questions on your worksheet and telling your partner the whole sentence with three options (a, b and c) - the one true option that is written there and the two false options that you have made up (before or as you speak, as your teacher says).

 

If you count the number of days between the first snow and Xmas Day, that will tell you

  1. a) how many snowy days there’ll be from then b)

c)

 

If the fourth of January is rainy, that means that April (the 4th month) will

  1. a) b) be rainy too.

c)

 

If you take a bath on Xmas day,

  1. a) you’ll stay clean all year. b)

c)

 

If the first person to enter the house after midnight on New Year is carrying some coal, this means that your family

  1. a) will be warm b)

c)

 

If you cut your animals to make them bleed, they will

  1. a) be healthy in the New Year b)

c)

 

If you don’t pay back your bank loans before New Year, you’ll

  1. a) b)
  2. c) be in debt all year

 

If you pour beer into the sea,

  1. a) the fishing will be better in the New Year b)

c)

 

Dogs that howl on Xmas Eve will

  1. a) go crazy b)

c)

 

If you are born on Xmas Day, you’ll never

  1. a) b)
  2. c) meet a ghost

 

Do the same with other superstitions that you know or research, testing other groups and/ or your teacher.

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