This is my favourite Christmas video – an ingenious piece of work from animator Felix Sputnik. Please excuse the lack of PDF. At the time of upload, there are only three days of school left before the holidays. There’s just no time right now!
Part one: Elves
Make sure that students know what elves are. We are *not* considering elves from the Hobbit / Lord of the Rings. Christmas elves are a different variety. They are small, wear green hats and help Santa Claus.
Use an image search site to show some examples. Click here.
Part two: Grammar hangman
Grammar hangman is just like normal hangman except that it works at the level of individual words rather than individual letters. So, the grid below represents the chorus to Eric Carmen’s 1975 power ballad, All by myself (All by myself, don’t wanna be all by myself anymore.)
Let students hear the song. Draw attention to the chorus. Ask students to suggest individual words that they hear and also say where on the grid each word should be placed. Whenever a student makes a mistake (an incorrect word or position) the hangman diagram grows.
Part three: Misheard lyrics
Introduce students to misheard lyrics. Misheard lyrics are lines from songs in which the singer says one thing but people think that he / she says something else. Here are two quite well-known examples:
Jimi Hendrix: Excuse me while I kiss the sky
Misheard: Excuse me while I kiss this guy
Bob Dylan: The answer my friend (is blowing in the wind)
Misheard: The ants are my friends
Perhaps you have some misheard lyrics of your own to share with your students. Or perhaps your students have some to share with you / each other. There are websites full of them that you can make use of. See this one for example.
Part four: Obama’s elf
Tell students that the chorus to the song, All by myself is also associated with misheard lyrics. Play the chorus again and ask them to listen carefully and suggest ideas. The following grid will provide help:
Part five: And finally …
Play the Obama’s elf video and find out if students think that it is funny. Then repeat the process with this one: