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Winter Activities ESL Lesson Plan

5 Things To Do In The Winter ❄️ (ft. Amsterdam!)

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Video Length: 3:21

Updated on: 12/09/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Winter Activities ESL Lesson Plan Description


This winter activities ESL lesson plan contains activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials for B1 intermediate students. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to describe the winter season and a variety of winter activities. They’ll also be able to make a plan of winter activities to do in their city/region.


This winter activities ESL lesson plan starts by having students talk about the winter season in a mind map of different topics. They’ll focus on activities in cold weather climates. Then, they use a list of adjectives to describe what winter season is like in their city/region where they live. Then, in the third activity in this section, students look at some images of winter activities and describe the ones they like to do or would like to try.


Students watch a video of a girl, Nat, in Amsterdam in the winter. She takes you on a tour of the city and what kind of winter activities you can do there. She suggests activities such as ice skating, going to the Christmas markets, drinking mulled wine, eating some Dutch treats, and seeing the Christmas lights. Students listen for these activities and do an activity on them. Then, students listen to some adjectives she uses to describe each one.


After watching the video, students discuss their thoughts about the video and the winter activities that the girl talks about. They’ll compare the winter activities in Amsterdam with the activities in their home city/region. After that, they complete some of her sentences using some verbs. They move on to discuss some questions about winter using these same verbs that the girl uses in the video.


In the communicative activity, students think of any city or region they know well. Their task is to create a plan for a visitor to this city/region. They can choose any of the types of attractions/activities provided in the lesson plan materials, or think of some others. They have to write the specific names of attractions to see or activities to do.

In the second step, students imagine a friend (their classmate/teacher) is visiting their city/region in the winter. They suggest some attractions to see and winter activities to do. They use some of the phrases and adjectives in the lesson plan materials. Then, they ask each other questions about their suggested attractions and winter activities.


The bonus grammar activity featured in this winter activities ESL lesson plan has students plan focuses on conjunctions, based on the conjunction in this sentences:

Once the cold weather hits in the Netherlands, you can find these amazing Dutch treats — the poffertjes, and oliebollen.”.”

Students do a few activities matching the conjunctions to their usages, in addition to completing sentences using a subject + verb clause that fits the contexts.

Benefits of using this ESL lesson plan on winter activities:

Seasonal Relevance: The lesson plan is designed around winter activities, providing students with content that is relevant to the season, making learning more contextual and engaging.

Communication Skills: The communicative activity where students plan a winter visit and suggest activities for a visitor builds communication skills by encouraging them to express ideas clearly in a practical context.

Vocabulary Practice: Activities like describing the winter season and their preferred winter activities they like to do can help students develop vocabulary skills. In addition, there are a variety of adjectives they learn to help them talk about winter.

Video Description

Explore fun winter activities to do in Amsterdam. Enjoy the treats and mulled wine!

Lesson Activities


Winter Season, Winter Activities


Winter Activities (in Amsterdam), Adjectives, Question


Winter Activities, Adjectives, Verbs


Conjunctions (once, although, if, until, As soon as...)


Winter Visit & City Suggestions, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

Lesson Topics

Winter Season, Winter Activities

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