This ESL resource consists of a 6-paragraph 359 word text – a light-hearted look at how Canadians cope with winter. It’s a great way to introduce the topic of the season to ESL students and encourages discussion. Written at a grade 7/8 reading level.
Following the text is an exercise matching winter idioms: students match the meaning in Column A to the idioms in Column B. Fun to do as a class, but can also be done in groups, or individually. Students are then asked to choose 4 of the idioms and write their own sentences.
The third part of the lesson is a great brainstorming exercise where students work together to solve winter problems – e.g. where to get information on the weather, what to do if you have an exam and there’s a blizzard outside, etc. This is a great way to practice writing simple sentences. One page has the problems” and the second sheet has the chart for solutions.
Teacher answer sheets for both activities are included.