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13 Entertaining ESL Homework Ideas to Keep Your Students Engaged

Homework may not be many students’ favorite thing, but research says it’s truly an effective learning tool that teachers should use .

The trick is assigning great homework.

To help you do this with ease, we’ve compiled an awesome list of 13 homework assignments that will have your ESL students begging for more.

1. Read a Short Story

2. share a passion, 3. start a chat group, 4. listen to a podcast, 5. write a letter, 6. write an amazon review, 7. do a wikipedia edit, 8. write a short story or poem, 9. share their culture, 10. catch a movie, 11. meet new people, 12. analyze a song, 13. go on a photo scavenger hunt, what makes homework effective.

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Have students read a short story for homework and then ask them to tell the class about the story in the next session.

I would recommend giving students some suggestions on what short stories to read, depending on the level of your students.

Here are some suggestions of short story collections for each level of ESL learner:

  • “The Very First Americans” by Cara Ashrose: This collection of short stories features Native American culture and history, written in simple language.
  • “Oxford Bookworms Library: Starter Level” This series offers simplified versions of classic stories, such as fairy tales, adventure stories and more.
  • “Classic Tales for ESL Students” by L.A. Hill: This collection of classic stories from literature is retold with easier vocabulary and sentence structure.


  • “The Best American Short Stories” This series features contemporary short stories from a wide range of American writers, so there’s something for everyone here.
  • “Short Stories in English for Intermediate Learners” by Olly Richards: This collection of engaging stories is designed specifically for intermediate ESL students.
  • “Roald Dahl: The Collected Short Stories” This delightful collection of quirky and imaginative tales has become a favorite of many of my students.
  • “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri: This Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories explores the immigrant experience, something which many ESL students can relate to.
  • “Dubliners” by James Joyce: This classic collection of interconnected stories captures the essence of Dublin in 1914. But it still feels modern to many students.
  • “Nine Stories” by J.D. Salinger: This classic collection of short stories is a class favorite when I’ve used it.

What do your students really care about? Give them a chance to talk about it in front of the class. 

Have each person choose something they’re passionate about, something they might consider themselves an expert on.

Challenge students to think of a creative way to present five must-know facts about that subject. They might make a movie, create a poster or brochure, write a song or even put on a skit.

Have each person present their creative project to the class, and then give the class five minutes to ask questions of the presenter.

Set certain parameters like students must speak in complete sentences or require that every student ask at least two questions at some point during the presentations.

Students will love sharing about their passions, and they’ll get some great speaking, listening and discourse information in the process, as well as teach the rest of the class some interesting vocabulary.

Ask for class for a volunteer to start a class WhatsApp chat group. They can also decide to use another messaging app like Telegram, Viber, Voxer or any other app that has a group chat function. 

Encourage them to send at least one message and to respond to a couple others for their homework. 

This text group has the added advantage of students being able to make friends with one another, and a place to ask about missed homework assignments on days when they can’t make it to class.

Note that if a student doesn’t want to be included in the chat group, you should have a back up assignment prepared for them.

Listening is one of the ESL student’s most difficult skills to acquire, so listening to a short podcast episode is ideal homework.

You can ask students to write a little about the podcast to turn in to you, or you can ask them to briefly summarize what they heard for the class in the next session.

Here are some suggestions for well done podcasts:

The English We Speak : Produced by the BBC, this podcast focuses on teaching commonly used phrases and idioms in conversational English.

The Moth : A storytelling podcast where real people share their personal experiences and anecdotes in English.

Stuff You Should Know : Though not specifically designed for ESL students, this podcast covers a vast array of interesting topics, providing exposure to diverse vocabulary and subject matters.

Ask your students to write a letter . The letter can be written to a friend or family member (which they could then actually mail or email), or it could be a fan letter to a favorite musician or actor. They could even write a letter to Santa Claus or a historical figure. 

For example, a student might choose to write a letter to Marie Antoinette, asking her what it was like to be the queen of France at such a young age. 

You can also choose to have students write letters to one another. Then the next homework can be writing that letter writer back.

Ask you students to review a product on Amazon (or any other shopping website that has reviews). Ask them to select a product they have really used, so they have a genuine opinion on the quality of the product and whether it lived up to their expectations.

Then, in the next session, show the reviews on the overhead projector to the class and ask a student to read the review.

You can then go over any errors in vocabulary, grammar or sentence structure and revise the review together as a class.

Since anyone can edit a Wikipedia article, it’s a great place for ESL students to hone their writing and editing skills, and they’ll have a built-in readership, too!

Ask students to select a person that they know a lot about—a well-known figure from history, pop culture, music or film would all work. Then ask them to read the Wikipedia entry to see if they can add anything else to the article.

Perhaps the article on Ryan Gosling is missing a key detail about his recent Ken performance. If so, the student will revise and edit the article. They should take notes on what they changed, so they can explain it to you or the class the next day.

Ask your students to get creative. Have them write a short story or a poem . This can get them to use descriptive language that they don’t always have a chance to use.

One good activity to do before you assign this homework is an adjective bubble chart. For this, you start with one adjective. For example, write “moist” on the board, circle it and then draw 4-5 lines coming off of the”moist” bubble.

Ask your students to come up with other adjectives that are related to “moist” and so on. They may come up with “wet,” “watery,” “soaked” or “damp.” Then draw lines from each of those. This can lead to words that you never expected to come up.

Have your students select 3-4 adjectives from this introduction activity that they’ll use in their story or poem.

Ask your students to prepare a short presentation on an aspect of their home culture to tell the class about in the next session. 

For example, a student from China may explain the Lunar New Year, a student from Vietnam may explain Tet or a student from El Salvador may tell the class about their quinceañera .

They can use photos, art, a PowerPoint presentation or they can just explain in their own words.

Then open the class up for questions.

Can you legitimately send students to the movies for homework? You can when you’re teaching ESL.

Your students don’t have to commit to a full-length movie. Instead, you can use the videos on FluentU to screen mini-lessons using clips from TV shows and movies, movie trailers, news segments, vlogs or music videos.

english holiday homework ideas

Use these videos in the classroom or assign homework to watch a few and complete the subsequent quizzes. You can also ask students to complete flashcard quizzes based on vocabulary words you want them to pay special attention to. These quizzes are adaptable so every student will have a unique experience catered to his learning level.

There are plenty of ways to use a movie for language development. And whether students watch a new release or catch an old Elvis flick on TV, they can do any of the following activities as homework:

  • Summarize the plot.
  • Describe a main character.
  • Note new or interesting vocabulary (particularly slang) they hear while watching.
  • Write an interview with one of the characters in the movie.

I’m sure you also have your favorite movie-related language activities and many work as homework assignments. So get creative with how you have students share about what they watched.

For the most part, people are willing to help someone in need, and that is doubly true for someone who needs to complete an assignment for school.

That’s why sending students out to interview native speakers on campus is such a fun homework assignment.

Start by helping your students write a list of questions they’ll use for their interviews. Students can choose a topic or you can assign one, like leisure activities or celebrity news.

Tell students to list five to ten questions they might ask on that topic that will elicit specific answers. 

As a class, discuss how students might introduce themselves to a potential interviewee. 

Then send students out to their interviews after class. They can share the answers they got in the next session.

Music is great for English learners since it stresses many aspects of language that can otherwise be hard to isolate, like the emotion of language, intonation and stress.

Have students choose their favorite English language song to listen to for homework and then ask them to do the following:

  • Practice the lyrics to learn intonation and rhythm.
  • Note slang and cultural references in the songs.
  • Summarize the theme of the song, or just what it’s about.
  • Have students share their favorite lyrics and what a particular song means to them.

Give individual students or groups of up to three students a list of items to find on their homework scavenger hunt. But instead of being specific in your list (for example, including items such as cat), be descriptive in your list.

You might include items such as something frightening, something beautiful, something quiet, something cool.

Students find items they think fit the description. For example, someone who is claustrophobic might choose an elevator for something frightening. They then take a picture of it.

The next day, have each person get with a partner and show them the pictures they took for each item on the list.

If the connection is not obvious, students should ask their partner to explain why they chose a particular item, such as the elevator.

Assigning homework that works isn’t as hard as you might think, especially if you focus on the following points.

  • Put your homework in writing. It can be tempting to just announce homework assignments to students at the end of class, but language learners benefit when you reinforce what you say with what they can see. So take a minute to write any homework assignment on the board so students can read it as well as listen to it.
  • Let students know what goals you have for a particular assignment. Is it practicing a certain grammar point ? Improving their listening skills ? Pronunciation practice ? When students know why they’re doing something, they’ll be able to tell on their own when they’ve successfully completed their homework assignment.
  • Keep your homework practical . Your students may not find themselves planning out a menu for Thanksgiving when they leave your ESL classroom, but odds are they’ll have to order food at a restaurant at some point. Think about realistic ways students will have to use English in the real world and try to make your homework practical.
  • Let your students be creative . Give your students choices on how they express themselves or present information. It’s okay for students to make a home movie, put on a one-man play or paint a picture to present to the class. Just because you prefer a particular type of creative expression doesn’t mean your students do, so give them choices and let them express themselves.
  • Make homework fun! Every class has its own personality, so what’s fun for one might not be fun for another. Tailor your assignments to the personality of your class. Think about what they would think is fun, and go with that.

No matter what you believed in your student days, homework doesn’t have to be boring. With a little creativity when assigning homework, you might find that the activities you assign for outside of class become the highlights of your students’ days.

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20+ creative alternative homework ideas for teachers

english holiday homework ideas

When giving homework, it must always be based on learning goals your students have to reach, just like in your lessons. But it’s sad to see that lots of teachers are using homework as extra lesson time. Of course, as a teacher, you’re on a clock. But that doesn’t mean your students have to suffer from it and keep working on those boring textbooks and worksheets at home.

Consider goals like attitudes, real-life experiences, and practice, physical exercise, social encounters, creative solutions, and philanthropy as crucial as your lesson goals. These are things students don’t just pick up in your classroom. These are things they pick up in life.

In this blog post, I’ll give you some innovative homework ideas that will engage your students more. These alternatives to traditional homework will thereby also teach your students new things that can’t be taught in the classroom. You will find a variety of homework ideas: online and offline.

I will mention homework alternatives for primary school and high school. Some of these ideas can be changed a little bit, so they are the perfect fit for the right audience.

20 Creative homework ideas

You can divide homework tasks into the following themes or categories:

  • Crafts & arts
  • Outdoor activities & outings
  • Games and activities
  • Physical activities
  • Digital or computer activities
  • Philanthropy & social work
💡 Good to know : all the ready-to-use homework activities are created with BookWidgets . You can easily create activities like these yourself or duplicate an activity below for free, edit it if needed, and share it with your students. You can do so in the examples separately, or you can find all the homework examples in the BookWidgets Blog group folder .

Crafts and arts homework

1. prepare a dish from a recipe book.

english holiday homework ideas

2. Make a board game

english holiday homework ideas

3. Create a birdhouse

english holiday homework ideas

4. Transform a fictional book character into a hand puppet

english holiday homework ideas

Outdoor homework activities and outings

5. coupon game.

english holiday homework ideas

Students can also go grocery shopping with their parents. Here, they have to read the ingredients of the products and help their parents choose the healthiest products for the best prices, figure out the best deal between the sizes of items, …

6. Visit the zoo

english holiday homework ideas

7. Visit the local dumping ground or container park

english holiday homework ideas

8. Build a tree house

english holiday homework ideas

Games and activities as homework

9. bookwidgets games.

english holiday homework ideas

10. Minecraft

english holiday homework ideas

11. Play Cards

english holiday homework ideas

12. Play Zoo Tycoon or Rollercoaster Tycoon

english holiday homework ideas

Physical homework activities

13. rope skipping.

english holiday homework ideas

Many rope-skipping songs let your students do different tricks while rope-skipping. This is an excellent opportunity for homework as well. Ask your students to transform a rope skipping song into a song with lesson content. Let them count or spell or even sum up the different states or capitals. To engage their lifestyles even harder, you can additionally give them the assignment to create a TikTok in which they are jumping and singing.

Click here to see how you can get Tiktok more involved in the classroom.

14. Walking quest

english holiday homework ideas

If there aren’t any walking quests in the neighborhood, you could ask your students to create a walking quest like this for their fellow students. What a fun day it will be!

15. Obstacle Quiz

english holiday homework ideas

In order for students to answer the questions, they have to run and pass a challenging parkour. This is a fun homework exercise, and in the end, it’s a great lesson starter or lesson end.

16. Swimming games

english holiday homework ideas

After the activity, they can fill out an Exit Slip:

Swimming games

Digital or computer homework activities

17. create a picture album.

english holiday homework ideas

This teaches them to handle the online software, add pictures and write without spelling mistakes. And of course, creating memories is so much fun!

18. Video job application

english holiday homework ideas

19. Your life in 10 minutes - video

english holiday homework ideas

20. Email pen-pals

english holiday homework ideas

Is it still too complicated? Read the messages from your students, before they send them, and provide them with some feedback.

Email pen-pals

Philanthropy and social homework

21. grow a community garden.

english holiday homework ideas

22. Help in a retirement home

english holiday homework ideas

23. Help at a homeless shelter

english holiday homework ideas

24. Collect litter

english holiday homework ideas

Here’s another homework tip: Don’t call homework “homework”. Call it a challenge. Homework has become a negative word for students, and I bet they start rolling their eyes as you even mention the word.

Still looking for more inspiration? Check out the blog on short films and lesson activities that spice up your Google Classroom . Tip: even if you don’t use Google Classroom, there is a lot of inspiration back here.

Above you have read single assignments. But, you also have the option to involve your homework in a project. Find out more here .

So, as I mentioned earlier, there are many fun alternatives to traditional homework. Now it’s up to you to apply this in the classroom as well. In this folder , you will find all the examples you have come across.

Which idea do you or perhaps your students like the most? Let us know on Twitter . Of course, there are many more alternatives. If you have other ideas, you are always welcome to share it with other teachers in our Facebook group .

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Holiday ELA Activities for middle school and high school

Christmas ELA activities

I love the holidays and helping sprinkle classroom cheer really adds a lot of joy to my work life! In my area, public schools celebrate Christmas, but after being exposed to different viewpoints from around the globe and lots of reflection, I’ve since learned that you can still create a festive atmosphere in the middle school and high school classroom without centering Christmas. These holiday ELA activities will help you do just that!

Holiday ELA Activities

Holiday ELA Activity Character Sweater

Design a character sweater

I will start with one of my most popular resources of all time, The Character Ugly Sweater Writing Activity . This holiday ELA activity trends every December because it works for ANY text and students love doing it so much that they don’t even notice all the writing you sneak in. 😉 Pictured is an example from @ wellingworldela and you can see that students use color connotations and symbolism to design a festive character sweater.

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This character sweater activity can also be used to wrap up free reading choices for the semester or simply used as a creative writing prompt for any goal.

Free Christmas bookmarks

Color a holiday bookmark

Keeping with the festive holiday sweater theme, I made some holiday bookmarks that promote individuality and creativity. These bookmarks make a fun freebie for your students to color on their last day before winter break! You can grab your free download here: Free ELA Holiday Bookmarks

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english holiday homework ideas

Write a Christmas card to a book

As I mentioned in my Thanksgiving ELA post and Valentine’s Day ELA post , writing seasonal letters to a book is a fun and festive way for students to reflect on the books they are reading! In the Letters to a Book Pack , I have templates for every occasion with the holiday season being one!

Holiday podcasts for the classroom

Listen to a holiday podcast

As my long-time blog readers know, I’m a big advocate for using podcasts in the classroom. The holidays make the perfect, low-stakes time to try a podcast. While my Halloween podcast round-up is my favorite, I was able to find a few holiday-themed podcast episodes for secondary students. You can browse my list here: Holiday Podcasts for the Classroom

Holiday ELA Bulletin Board

Practice winter lit devices

I love creating beautiful yet functional classroom décor. These Winter Literary Device Posters can stay up long after Christmas and come in handy when setting up holiday ELA activities like winter poetry lessons, literary device gallery walks, or creative writing prompts!

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Diverse Holiday ELA

Read diverse holiday ELA selections

Most of the classics English teachers read during the holiday season are written by white male authors. I spent some time researching diverse selections for you to add this December. You can find the list here: Diverse Christmas Short Story Pairings I’m always looking for more holiday ELA pieces to add to the list, so DM @BuildingBookLove if you have a suggestion!

ELA Christmas Cards

Deliver holiday puns

These Literary Puns are holiday posters or cards that only an English teacher could love. Ha! But seriously, I hope you Thoreau -ly enjoy your winter break!

Winter poetry

I’m a weirdo because winter is my favorite season. From the cozy atmosphere to the lucky snow, I find everything about it poetic. To help you and your secondary students get into the winter spirit, I created a winter poetry pack full of digital poetry prompts like digital blackout poetry, digital paint chip poetry, and lots more! You can find it here: Winter Poetry Pack : Christmas poetry pairings and winter holiday writing fun!

Remember, for diverse winter poetry selections, check out this post!

Christmas or winter blackout poetry

Make a holiday ELA craftivity

Speaking of blackout poems, if your students would prefer a craftivity over the digital version, here’s a fun take! Tell students: Words are gifts! What will you create with yours? Next, simply use pages from an old book to make gift shapes that students will use to create their blackout poetry. Since it’s difficult to read my example, here what it says:

Radiant light shadows

cast on flurry snow

flash, blush, glow

I think that elementary teachers do a fantastic job of making their students feel loved around the holidays. While I don’t have time to make 100 perfectly crafted gifts, I do have time to make something quick that my students will appreciate. Like all block scheduled high schools, the last day before winter break will be the last time I will see my students until graduation, so I want to make sure to leave them with a little gift that will remind them of how much I enjoyed having them in class. It doesn’t take much!

On the last day, play a cozy ambient scene like the one below, plan a creative activity like any listed above, and if you are feeling extra, bring a few snacks like hot chocolate and donuts for your cozy coffee shop classroom!

If you like to plan ahead, here are some ideas for the new year! New Year Back-to-School Ideas

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November 27, 2016 at 10:47 pm

Cute outfits! Thanks for joining us! ~Julie

November 27, 2016 at 11:54 pm

I have not heard of Storybird but am now going to check it out – it looks amazing!! 🙂

November 28, 2016 at 1:52 am

So many clever ideas and useful tools! Thanks for sharing Storybird.

November 29, 2016 at 8:51 pm

Those literary Christmas cards are adorable!

December 7, 2016 at 2:54 am

Ashley, How do you do it? This post is seriously jam packed with so many ideas that I want to try!! You are just a non-stop force of creativity. I love following your blog and Instagram (super fan!) and I don't even know which idea I want to try first. My only problem with your post is your Green Bay sweater 😉 Go Bears! 🙂 xo, Amanda

December 12, 2016 at 1:44 am

lol on the Green Bay! This G is our school mascot, so it looks like we can still be friends ;). And, thank you so much for the kind words. I'm humbled considering the source of your awesomeness. Xoxo

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10 entertaining homework ideas for online English Language Learners

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Did hearing the words, “do your homework,” when you were a child excite you? 

For most of us, the word homework doesn’t conjure up exciting or fun memories. 

Homework was likely one of the last things you wanted to do as a student!

However, what if you could make homework fun for students? What if homework was entertaining? 

In this article, we share some entertaining homework ideas for English language learners to help them improve their English while having fun!

You might be familiar with lots of ESL games and activities for your students , but assigning the right homework can feel overwhelming. 

This is particularly true if you don’t want to burden your students with a tremendous amount of information. 

Have you ever thought about combining games with homework? 

There are many alternative ways to create memorable lessons, such as incorporating karaoke songs to learn English. 

Here are 10 fun and entertaining homework ideas for your ESL students:

  • Cafe hopper
  • Tiktok star
  • Let’s go to the movies
  • Hello Mr. Teacher
  • Interview a stranger
  • Shine like a Karaoke star
  • Expert on the loose
  • 24 hour challenge
  • It’s a wrap!
  • Masterchef in the making

1. Cafe hopper

Most people love checking out cafes and this is an easy homework task to assign to your students.  

Have your students visit a variety of cafes as part of their homework. 

Then, consider what they could do for homework in a cafe of their choice.

Here are some fun ideas for turning cafe-hopping into homework:

  • Practice ordering in English off of the menu.
  • Take a photo of the cafe’s and share the differences and similarities with you in class.
  • Speak to a stranger in each cafe in English and ask them some interesting questions about their life.
  • Interview the barista about their favorite kind of coffee or beverage.

This is a stress-free homework idea that your students will love, especially if they are coffee or tea lovers!

2. TikTok star

Tiktok is a fun social media application where you can watch videos and songs from creators. You can also watch creators lip-synching to catchy tunes.

Show some fun examples in your class of some famous TikTok songs being lip-synched to by others and practice doing one together.

  • For homework, have them choose their favorite song on TikTok.
  • They can lip-synch to the song and download the song to their camera album without having to actually post it to TikTok.
  • Have them share their creation with you in the next class!

Depending on the age and location of your student, TikTok might not be an option for them. If you are teaching older students or adults , then it might be easier for them to use social media for this homework assignment rather than young children.

If they are too young to use the app, have them find an online video of their favorite song and ask a parent to record them singing!

3. Let’s go to the movies

Going to the movies doesn’t sound like homework, does it? Well, as you might already be discovering, homework doesn’t have to be conventional!

Find some interesting movies that are playing in your students’ area or ask them to watch a movie of their choice in English. 

Tell them that their homework is going to be based on the movie they watch.

Here are some ideas for making going to the movies part of their homework:

  • Have them write a summary of the movie or their favorite part.
  • Tell them that they have to give you a movie review in your next class.
  • Have them act out their favorite part of the movie with a sibling or family member and record it (in English of course!).
  • Ask them to make a poster advertising the movie with captions, titles and text to accompany any drawings.

If you are struggling to find movies they can go and watch in the cinema, you can always use these ESL movies and TV shows as a resource. 

Students can also watch movies from the comforts of their homes. 

4. Hello Mr. Teacher!

Students love playing the role of the teacher! 

This can work for in-person or online ESL classes.  

Tell them that as part of the next classroom activity, the first 5 – 10 minutes will be their time to shine as the teacher!

For homework, ask them to:

  • Think of one topic that they know a lot about (This could be a sport, musical instrument, game, topic, etc…).
  • Have them prepare 5 important things that someone needs to know about their topic.
  • Tell them that in their next class they will be the teacher and share their knowledge! (They can even give you homework!).

Have fun with this homework idea and role-play the student where you ask them questions after they finish. 

Your students will love this one!

5. Interview a stranger

This one might need some parent support and guidance if you are teaching children, but having them interview someone is an entertaining homework idea for English language learners.

  • It encourages their own voice as they come up with ideas.
  • It helps with writing skills as they write out their questions.
  • Interviewing encourages conversation and role playing which is a fun way to learn English.

You could have your younger students interview a family member and ask questions related to that family member’s childhood. 

Here are some sample questions you could help your students form:

  • What kind of things did you like to do when you were my age?
  • What was your favorite thing about school?
  • What types of sports did you play when you were young?
  • Tell me about what life was like when you were a child.

Have them choose and write out 5-10 questions and come back to class to report on their findings!

6. Shine like a Karaoke star

Who doesn’t like a bit of karaoke? Imagine….singing your heart out to “I love rock n roll” in the privacy of your own home!

You don’t need to go to a karaoke place to actually sing karaoke songs. There are lots of great karaoke songs available online to learn English with your students.

YouTube is a great place to start, just by searching for your favorite song + “karaoke lyrics” in the search bar.

In class, help your student(s) choose a song and task them with finding the online karaoke lyrics to sing along.

Have them sing this for homework! You could even ask a parent to help them record it if they are comfortable with that.

Here are some fun and popular karaoke songs online to learn English:

  • “I Will Survive” with Gloria Gaynor
  • “Livin’ on a Prayer” with Bon Jovi
  • “Summer Nights” with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John
  • “Don’t Stop Believin’” with Journey

7. Expert on the loose

There is an expert in all of us, including your students!

In this fun and entertaining homework idea, have your student share their expertise on something!

To add a different dimension to the homework idea, “Hello Mr. Teacher,” task your students to dress up as the expert and make a short speech on their topic of choice.

Here are some examples:

  • Harry Potter
  • Michael Jordan (to talk about basketball)
  • Favorite sports athlete
  • Insect scientist
  • Astronaut (if your student knows a lot about space)
  • Presidential candidate
  • Pilot (for students who know a lot about countries)

Even if they are not an expert on the topic, part of the homework assignment could be to do some research and learn more about their chosen field.

You could even ask them to dress up and come to class in the role, ready to share their knowledge with you! 

8. 24 hour English challenge

This one is self-explanatory and incredibly fun!

Set a challenge for your student to only speak in English for 24 hours. 

This means that you might need to get parents involved with the homework assignment, so that they can help out.

The idea is that they have to speak only in English (as much as is possible given their situation) when interacting with family, friends and at school.

Your students might already be immersed in English environments, but, oftentimes, they are speaking their native language at home with family and friends.

Having your students force themselves to only speak in English is challenging and a great way to encourage English outside the classroom.

9. It’s a wrap!

Lots of students love to rap! Rap music is poetic and encourages a lot of ESL language skills that we want to build in our students.

This is an activity that you can model with your students in class and assign it for homework for them to create their own rap.

Again, they can come back to class and rap their new song to you! It might, however, work better with older students who have a good base level of English, to begin with.

Here are some fun homework assignments incorporating rap:

  • Create their own rap if they are the creative type
  • Find a well known rap online and practice it to present in class
  • Assign your students to find a rap online that they sing and record with their friends

10. Masterchef extraordinaire

For the food lovers, creating a homework assignment that includes cooking can be really fun.

Most kids love the idea of cooking, especially if it centers around cooking their favorite food!

When considering this as a homework idea, consider these possible assignments:

  • Create and write out a recipe for a unique culinary dish.
  • Make a video about the cooking experience.
  • Record a tutorial of how to cook something.
  • Turn it into a competition if you have multiple students.

Plus, this works with physical and online classrooms. 

Of course, if you have a physical classroom with multiple students, this could be a really fun in-class experience with some homework assignments to accompany it.

Who doesn’t love a food-related assignment? 

If you choose Masterchef extraordinaire, allow your students to share the food they make with the class and encourage lots of conversations in English.

Homework doesn’t have to be boring!

As you can see, homework doesn’t have to be boring! 

Most of your ESL students have a lot to do even outside class, and that’s why assigning homework that doesn’t feel like homework is ideal!

This is an opportunity to get creative, creating excitement for your students to learn English.

If you use some of the homework ideas mentioned here, make sure you document the experience and continue to discover new activities that bring laughter and joy to the classroom. 

And when you are applying to online teaching jobs , be sure to share how you plan to creatively incorporate class assignments and homework for your students!

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The term ‘holiday homework’ raises a collective groan when you mention it in class. The last thing your students want to do during their holidays is spending more time with their noses buried in textbooks. But who said homework had to be a dull and dreary activity? There’s plenty of time and then some to learn concepts at school; holiday homework can focus on skill-building and be a lot more fun! Here’s a list of top creative assignment or homework ideas to help students take the ‘work’ out of homework, and replace it with a whole lot of fun! 

“Assignment 1: For the Filmy Fans”

As a life coach who holds film therapy workshops in Bengaluru, Rohit Sasvehalli believes that movies can have a deep impact on the psyche when approached consciously. “Pick a specific concept the child wants to learn about, say Apartheid. Ask them to watch a movie like Invictus to understand the tensions in South Africa. It will invoke an explorative mindset,” says Sasvehalli. Give your students a choice of topics and movies to watch, review and write an essay or make a presentation on what it got them thinking about. Surely your students aren’t about to complain about watching a movie or two!

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“Assignment 2: For the Wanderlusters”

Families often set out on trips during the holiday season. A trip is often a great platform to learn about new places and new cultures. Ask your students to document every bit of their travel, discover fascinating aspects about the place they’re visiting and turn their findings into a fantastic travel presentation for the class! It could cover a long vacation or even a day trip to the museum, beach or a nearby park.

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“Assignment 3: For the Bookworms”

This creative assignment may not appeal to all your students, but the voracious readers in your class will surely welcome some binge-reading over the holidays! For this set of students, assign a list of books they can review over the holidays. Encourage them to get a library membership or even a Kindle, if they’re more accustomed to reading digitally. Give them a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles that will broaden their knowledge and urge them to think. It doesn’t have to strictly follow the curriculum; books on current events will also help them get a better perspective of what’s going on in the world.

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Assignment 4: For the Crafty Ones

Do you see your students stumbling over certain difficult topics in class? Ask them to bring out their ‘crafty’ sides over the holidays and turn those concepts into flashcards!  Flashcards make learning easier , and making them will help your students hone their artistic skills!

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Assignment 5: For the Volunteer Wonders

A school in New Zealand recently got its students involved in building an outdoor classroom and won an award for creativity! Volunteering as a homework idea will help them understand the kind of problems the world is facing, put things in perspective and also help them learn how to work in a team! You could give them a list of places they could visit over the holidays or plan a class trip yourself. Let them volunteer at an animal shelter, old-age home or orphanage, where they can perform different activities like maintaining the gardens, teaching other children, reading to the elderly, or even organising a performance for the underprivileged.


Assignment 6. For the Budding Philosophers

If your students are at a stage in life where they have critical future decisions to make, ask them to ‘introspect’ over the holidays. What makes them happiest? Which activities do they most look forward to? What piques their interest and what fails to grab their attention? Give them a homework idea and ask them to write a detailed summary of their interests and how they could translate into a career option a few years down the line. If they’re confused, ask them to opt for professional guidance that will help them discover who they really are and what they should pursue in the future. We can help with that.  Students with clarity on their future are likely to be less stressed in class and focus better on their academics!

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Holidays are perhaps the only time when students can study at their own pace without the looming burden of a jam-packed schedule. The holidays give students enough time to explore their interests and  use them to enhance their studying technique . Don’t overburden them with lesson plans and tough projects; instead, let them focus on building skills, exploring interests and making the most of the holiday season both in terms of education and entertainment!

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ESL Holiday Lessons: Games, Activities, Worksheets & Resources

If you’re looking for some of the best ideas for an ESL holiday lesson, then you’re in the right place. Make holiday ESL lessons fun, engaging and interesting with these games and activities, worksheets, and more.


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ESL Holiday Activities and Games

Let’s get into the best ideas for an ESL holiday lesson.

#1: Picture Prompt ESL Holidays Warm-Up

It’s often the case that students are familiar with holiday vocabulary before you explicitly teach them. They may have studied some of the vocabulary in previous classes or heard people talking about it on TV shows or movies.

If this is the case with your students, consider using picture prompt to help students activate their prior knowledge. This can help make anything new they learn more memorable. Find out more about it here:

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If you’re looking for the ultimate ESL holidays activities and games book, then consider picking up this one: 63 ESL Holiday Games & Activities . You’ll find dozens of ideas for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, New Year’s and more.

You can get the book in both digital and print formats. Keep a copy on the bookshelf in your office to pull out before a holiday ESL lesson. Or, take the digital version with you to your favourite coffee shop for some lesson planning on the go.

Whatever the case, get ready for some ESL teaching awesome in your life. Find out more about it here:


#3: Candy Jar Guessing Game

Here’s a fun activity for any ESL holiday lesson. Fill up a jar with candies, counting as you go. I choose holiday-specific ones like Halloween candy corn, Christmas jelly beans, or Easter chocolate eggs.

Then, let each of your students have one guess as to how many there are. The winner gets to take the jar home with them! If you’re looking for some fun on ESL holidays, this is your activity!

#4: TEFL Holiday Trivia

I love to do some trivia in my TEFL holiday lessons if I think the students may know a bit about the specific holiday already. You can find lots of great trivia on YouTube for any holiday.

#5: Running Dictation for ESL Holidays

This is the ultimate ESL game for any kind of lesson, including just about any holiday. Find, or write a conversation between two people talking about their hopes, or experiences for the specific holiday.

Then, students have to work together to dictate the conversation. Once done, they have to put the conversation in the correct order. It’s a fun way to finish up a TEFL holiday lesson. Check it out:

Running Dictation .

#6: Valentine’s Day

I love to talk about the history behind this popular holiday as most students don’t know. Then, I have students take a turn at writing some simple love poems. It always makes a fun class! Learn more about it here:

Valentine’s Day ESL

Valentine’s Day Idioms

#7: New Year’s

New Year’s lessons are really fun because it’s a nice time of year to reflect on the previous year and also look forward to the next one. There are lots of things to talk about for sure! Here are some of my top ideas:

New Year’s ESL .

#8: Spring ESL Holiday Activities

Have a listen to the Let’s Talk TEFL podcast as Jackie and Jennifer discuss some of their favourite ways to celebrate spring holidays like Easter, New Years, Saint Patrick’s Day and more.

#9: Black Friday ESL Activities and Lesson Plan Ideas

I like to talk about some of the more unusual holidays in my classes, such as Black Friday. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual holiday lessons on Easter or Christmas.

Here are some of the best ideas and activity ideas for Black Friday:

Black Friday ESL .

#10: Word Association Vocabulary Activity

It’s often the case that students know a good bit of holiday vocabulary before you teach them it! They may have celebrated the holiday before, done a unit on it in previous years, or it may be the case that some words are crossovers from their first language.

Whatever the case, it’s a good idea to help students activate this prior knowledge before adding new words into the mix. Check out one of my favourite ways to do this:

#11: Memorial Day ESL Holiday Lesson

Memorial Day is a great holiday to talk about if you’re teaching students in the USA. It’s an important American holiday but not much is known about it by people from other countries. Here are some of my favourite ideas:

Memorial Day ESL .

#12: Cinco De Mayo ESL Activities

Cinco de Mayo is another one of those, off-the-beaten-track holidays that students may not know a lot about. That’s why I like to be the one to introduce it to them! I almost guarantee that students won’t know a lot about this one. Find out some of the best ideas:

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#13: ESL Valentine’s Day Activities

#14: Saint Patrick’s Day

I love to talk about St. Patrick’s Day with my students, and if they’re adults, have a green beer or two. There’s a lot of history and tradition behind this holiday that most people don’t know about, which can make it an interesting lesson. Check out some of the best ideas here:

Saint Patrick’s Day ESL.

#15: ESL Christmas Ideas

Of course, Christmas is a popular ESL holiday lesson! It’s fun and there are just so many things you can do, from watching Christmas movies to making Christmas cards and talking about holiday meals. Check out some of things I do with my own students here:

ESL Christmas .

#16: I’m an Alien

It’s often the case that students know a good bit about the various holidays before explicitly teaching them. If that’s the case, use this simple warm-up activity to elicit a bunch of information:

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#17: Easter Classroom Games

I love to celebrate Easter with my students! Who doesn’t like to decorate eggs and have an Easter egg hunt? Instead of focusing on the religious aspects of it, I think of it as kind of a spring celebration of new beginnings. Check out some of my ideas here:

Easter ESL .

#18: ESL Holiday Charades

Try out this fun activity if students know a good bit of holiday vocabulary, or you’ve recently taught them some. You know how charades works I’m sure. Students have to act out what’s on a piece of paper and their team has to guess what it is. Find out more about using this game in TEFL classes:

ESL Charades .

#19: Dictogloss ESL Holiday Activity

This is a challenging listening activity that can be adapted for just about any topic, including any holiday. Try it out with higher-level students! Find out more about it:

Dictogloss ESL.

#20: Conversation Starters

Maybe you’ve had a similar experience? If you tell students to talk about Halloween with a partner, there’s silence! A better way is to give some conversation starters to get the conversation going. Check out the details about that here:

Conversation Starters. 

#21: TEFL Christmas Activities

#22: Halloween ESL Lessons

If you teach children, Halloween activities and games are kind of like teaching gold! Dressing up, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, etc. can make for an enjoyable day. Check out some of my favourite ideas:

Halloween ESL

#23: Halloween Phrases and Words

If you want to learn some of the spookiest and creepiest Halloween vocab, then you’ll want to check this out:

Halloween Phrases and Words .

#24: ESL Holiday Taboo

You’ve maybe played this popular party game before. You have to describe a word but can’t use a set of related words. I’ve adapted it a little bit to make it easier for English learners. It’s ideal for teaching holidays. Find out more:

ESL Taboo Game .


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#25: Juneteenth Classroom Activity Ideas

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th and celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the USA. Here are some of the best ideas to talk about this holiday with students:

Juneteenth Classroom Activities .

#26: Thanksgiving ESL Activities

American Thanksgiving is a very popular holiday and I like to celebrate it with my students as well. Here are some of the best ideas, from flag football and turkey bowling to a potluck and learning about the history of Thanksgiving. Check them out:

ESL Thanksgiving Activities .

#27: Labour Day Guessing Game

#28: Door Decorating

A nice option for many holidays including St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas is to have students decorate a door in the school. Better yet, make it into a friendly competition and have some fun with it!

#29: Ramadan Vocabulary Quiz

#30: would you rather thanksgiving questions.

Have some fun with this!

Would You Rather Thanksgiving Questions .

#31: Thanksgiving Words and Idioms

Have a look at this handy guide for some idioms, words, and phrases to use around this important holiday.

Thanksgiving Idioms and Phrases .

ESL Holiday Worksheets

If you’re a teacher, then you already know how much time it can save to use what other teachers have created. Here are some of my favourite resources for Holiday ESL worksheets:

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ESL Holiday Vocabulary

Here are some of the most important ESL holiday vocabulary words to teach students:

  • April fool’s day
  • Black Friday
  • Buy nothing day
  • decorations
  • Father’s day
  • mashed potatoes
  • Mother’s day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Valentine’s day

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Yes? Then you’re going to love this book you can find on Amazon: 101 ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults. The key to better TEFL classes is a wide variety of interesting, engaging and student-centred ESL activities and this book will help you get there in style.

You can find the book in digital, print, and audio formats. Pick up a copy and get ready to level up your English classes! Check it out for yourself:

ESL Holiday Lessons FAQs

There are a number of common questions that people have about ESL holiday lesson planning. Here are the answers to some of the most popular ones.

Which holidays are the most popular in the USA?

The most popular holidays in the USA are Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

What are some fun activities for an ESL holiday lesson?

Some fun activities for ESL holiday lessons are learning about the history of the holiday, having a potluck with some of the popular food associated with it, or making a craft project.

How can I celebrate Thanksgiving with my students?

To celebrate Thanksgiving with students, there are lots of fun options, including turkey bowling, door decorating, learning about the history of Thanksgiving, a turkey craft project, or a lesson on what people are thankful for.

What are some classroom activities for the holidays?

Some fun classroom activities for the holidays include craft projects, a class party, door or cookie decorating or doing presentations about one aspect of the holiday.

ESL Holiday Lessons: Join the Conversation 

Do you have any go-to ESL holiday ideas ? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you.

Also, be sure to give this article a share on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. It’ll help other creative English teachers, like yourself, find this useful resource.


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Creative Homework Ideas

How can you create homework assignments that build on the day’s lessons and encourage creative, student-led learning? It’s a challenge for most teachers, especially as motivating pupils to complete homework can add a whole extra layer to your lesson plans. But it’s essential to bridge the gap between teacher and student learning –  the skills gained through independent study reinforces knowledge from your class, as well as a host of other benefits:

  • Extended learning time – outside of the constraints of the school day, students are free to learn at their own pace and in their own environment.
  • Independent learning – vital skills for exam preparation and higher education
  • Teaches students to be resourceful and to overcome challenges independently.
  • Gives students the freedom to be creative in their learning, gain valuable problem-solving skills and confidence in their own abilities.

Tips For Setting Creative Homework

  • Plan independent learning both in and out of the classroom – you can monitor students effectiveness and address issues that may arise in the classroom before they become problematic for pupils at home.
  • Don’t leave homework assignment to the end of the lesson, rushing through the task might leave some students confused which inevitably leads to a lower homework completion rate. Write plenty of time for explaining homework assignments into your lesson planning – read our Beginner’s Guide To Lesson Planning here
  • Homework should to not too easy nor not too hard, offering pupils a challenge that reinforced the topics learnt during the day
  • Give room for creative expression – allowing students to add their own diagrams, decorations or chose their own project topics from a selection. 
  • Try using peer or self-assessment to mark homework – a double whammy of reducing your workload and allowing pupils to take control of their own learning.
  • Include timings and explicit steps for completing more complicated assignments, especially for pupils that you anticipate might struggle. Comprehension of the task is the biggest hurdle in getting pupils to work on an independent basis.
  • Self-driven projects, posters, creative tasks and research are more exciting than standard comprehension tasks and might encourage pupils that find sitting and writing dull or hard to complete the homework set – give students the freedom to learn and be creative in their home study.
  • Provide specific instructions and internet safety reminders for research-led assignments. It’s very easy for children to find research overwhelming with a vast amount of information available online. Provide suggested websites and links in your homework to keep things on track!
  • Don’t introduce a new topic for homework – keep it to topics that you’ve already covered in class
  • Taking note of the subjects that excite and engage your class and set homework accordingly – try keeping dryer topics and  for the classroom so that you can monitor engagement
  • Mark work promptly – essential to keep students motivated to complete work in their own time!
  • Offering students the opportunity to select the homework that they would like to do from a selection guarantees a higher rate of completion. We’ve seen some teachers create grids or sheets of homework assignments for the pupils to select, or offer baskets of activities for younger children to take home and complete with an adult.

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Coming up with innovative ways for students to reinforce their knowledge at home can be difficult – many of these ideas would be suitable for lots of subjects with a little tweaking!

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World-renowned clinical child psychologist and best-selling author, Dr. Ross Greene said that No kid should be getting three or four hours of homework a night. There's no breathing time, there's no family time, there are just extracurriculars and homework, and then, going to bed.

Holiday homework is intended to make students independent and enhance their skills and capabilities. Holiday homework helps to keep students on track and keep their brains ticking. While holiday homework ensures that the students don’t lose touch with what they have learned, it is important to give them enough space to enjoy the holidays. To ensure the same, you have got to analyze the feasibility of the work that you are assigning them and the gravity. Without further ado, let us take a look at five important things that teachers should keep in mind while assigning holiday homework to their students.

1. Understand Your Students

The first and most important thing that you have to take into consideration is your students. Understanding your students is the first step. The holiday homework should be on par with their capacity and ability. Of course, there’s no harm in making it challenging and pushing their limits a little but make sure to strike a balance. There’s no point in talking Latin when your students don’t understand the language. Assigning holiday homework that is way beyond their intellectual capacity or way below their capacity will not do them any good and that’s why you have got to understand them. There might be students who like challenges and to address this population of the classroom you can create an additional section on the assignment sheet and make it optional. Make sure not to discriminate against your students based on this optional section.

2. Define the Objectives

What do you want your students to accomplish through the holiday homework? For example, if the holiday homework is to write a poem, what are the learning objectives? That the students should understand the structure of the poetry, poetic figures, and poetic justice? The teacher must have a clear sense of the same. In addition to this, the teacher must be able to articulate the learning objectives to the students so that they can do complete justice to the holiday homework.

3. Make it Interesting

More often than not, students find holiday homework boring and drab.  While designing the holiday work, teachers should put in the effort to make it challenging and interesting. If it is a simple coloring exercise, you can give tiny riddles about the colors and they have to figure out what the color is. Similarly, you can make all the work interesting so that the students would ill feel like doing it.

4. Keep Parent Involvement to a Minimum

Let’s face it. More than 90% of homework is done by  parents. If you ask second graders to make the model of the Taj Mahal, of course, the parents would do it. This is why we mentioned in the first step that the teachers should understand the students and give them a mountain that they can climb. As mentioned, articulate the learning objectives and while interacting with the parents, let them know that you are expecting minimum involvement from them. If you are assigning holiday homework to high school students and students in higher grades, this step can be skipped.

5. Clarify the Criteria

On what basis are you going to grade the holiday homework? The criteria and the grading pattern must be transparent so that the students have a clear understanding of what to focus on. When you are designing the holiday homework, create a proper framework that you want to stick by and share with your students.

Holiday homework is an amazing way to let your students stand close to what they have learned. As mentioned, it is important to strike a balance and help your students have a good holiday while learning new skills and polishing the existing ones. It is up to the teacher to make homework dull or interesting and the tips that we have discussed are sure to make it the latter. Go ahead and create homework that the students would enjoy doing!

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Holiday Homework Solutions for class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 (During Summer Vacations) facility for the academic session 2022–2023 is being maintained to help the students and parents to do the holiday homework comfortably in Summer 2023-24. You are requested to upload your holiday homework in PDF format based on Latest CBSE Curriculum 2023-24 and get the solutions with in a week. You can also ask your Maths or science problems through Discussion Forum. If the problems are related to NCERT or NCERT Exemplar Problems please refer to NCERT Solutions page to get this. The solutions of holiday homework should be uploaded along with the school name at the end of this page. Notification of completion of homework will not be given by the website, you have to check yourself after a week for the solutions.

Download NCERT Solutions for all classes. Students of the upper primary level (Class 6, 7 and 8) are already well informed and are keen to find and learn more. According to CBSE, while assigning and preparing homework for the students, it is important to note they are able to develop the skills like relating, thinking, concluding, inferring. Homework should be such that the student neither feel it burdensome nor they lose interest in the subject matter. Moreover it is useful in providing them a happy experience. Homework therefore needs to be thought about and worked upon differently. Emphasis should be given on Vedic mathematics, designing quality homework rather than its quantity. Download NCERT Books and apps based on latest CBSE Syllabus.

Encompassing the aforesaid ideas, the CBSE has brought forth a Manual, “Alternatives to Holiday Homework” for classes VI to VIII. It is collection of ideas transformed into suggestive activities that are creative, interesting, meaningful and interactive, enhancing various skills, directly or indirectly related to subject matter providing students to enhance their learning and gaining knowledge based on NCERT Books following the latest CBSE Syllabus.

Suggestive Holiday Homework for Class 6

  • Holiday Homework for Class 6 Hindi
  • Holiday Homework for Class 6 English
  • Holiday Homework for Class 6 Mathemaitcs
  • Holiday Homework for Class 6 Science
  • Holiday Homework for Class 6 Social Science

Suggestive Holiday Homework for Class 7

  • Holiday Homework for Class 7 Hindi
  • Holiday Homework for Class 7 English
  • Holiday Homework for Class 7 Mathematics
  • Holiday Homework for Class 7 Science
  • Holiday Homework for Class 7 Social Science

Suggestive Holiday Homework for Class 8

  • Holiday Homework for Class 8 Hindi
  • Holiday Homework for Class 8 English
  • Holiday Homework for Class 8 Mathematics
  • Holiday Homework for Class 8 Science
  • Holiday Homework for Class 8 Social Science

A well rounded development of individual knowledge happens not only from textbooks and formal education but more from the learner’s personal experiences, individual inquisitive nature and social surroundings. Homework is an area of importance and to make it more relevant for the NCERT Books classes 6th, 7th and 8th, appropriate strategies and meaningful activities may be suggested to the schools that give more time to child to explore the environment to develop creative thinking.

These activities (like OTBA for class 9 & 11 ) would be so framed that they keep the child interested in subjects and therefore would also help in enhancing the learning power. Homework is one of the areas that need urgent attention. As the students of class VI, VII and VIII develop a certain learning style and want to know and find more and more. Efforts should be made to make homework more creative and interesting so that the students do not feel burdensome while doing the same and the ultimate purpose of providing homework is served.

A survey was conducted through questionnaire prepared by CBSE to collect feedback from parents, teachers, students and other educationists on “Alternatives to Homework at Upper Primary Level” for Class Sixth, Seventh and Eighth so that appropriate strategies and meaningful activities can be designed and suggested to schools. The questions were directed to know the ideal quantity and purpose of the homework, whether homework should be assigned in all the subjects, internet usage should be a part of the homework or not, how homework helps in teaching.

Keeping in view emerging issues, there is a need to think about giving quality homework emphasizing on acquiring applied learning skills. Few points can be kept in mind while designing a quality homework by teachers: 1, Provide students capacity building activities which are followed up and acknowledged like drawing, creative writing, making puzzles, stories, plays, online games, reading online books and craft.

2. Provide them assignment sheets which improve their reading & writing abilities. Homework must enable the student to practice a skill independently. 3. A possible discussion can be held with different children on what they would like to do at home to improve in which ever area they deem necessary. Homework must be designed in a way that maximizes the chances of its completion by the students.

4. Parents should be able to understand the child’s needs and schools suggestions on how to learn mathematics, logical reasoning, etc. by doing puzzles, writing letters, reading to elders from the newspapers, making household lists, recipe making and cooking. 5. Learners who have dyslexia or number difficulty should have practice assignments overcoming their problems.

The child in middle school have a keenness to discover more and prepare for the examination. Learning is about developing new faculties, which become useful as an adult. The years 12 to 15 are years when rules become important, and doing well, excelling are given importance both at home and in the class. As the child grows chronically his/her emotional maturity also grows and there are interests which are beyond just what lessons can give.

The homework assigned should: 1. enhance study habits and practice skills (which learners are able to perform independently) 2. reinforce necessary skills both scholastic and co-scholastic among the learners. 3. enable learners to become independent learners and thinkers and develop among them 21st century skills so that they can participate in Make in India in future. 4. lead to the improvement in the academic achievement of the learner.

5. expand on the existing knowledge of the learners and be a part of the already acquired competencies in the classroom. 6. not put unneeded pressure or stress by including new learning material or difficult material to be worked upon by learners themselves. 7. be CBSE Syllabus based and as per developmental needs of the learners. 8. not require specific resources or technology which is not accessible to all learners. 9. have clearly defined, purposeful, creative and engaging activities.

It is also advised that teachers can refer to Life Skills Manuals, Health Manuals and Environmental Education Manuals which contain age appropriate and interesting activities which can be taken up by the learners individually. These activities can be assigned to learners so as to enhance their life skills, values and make them health conscious.

Homework is needed, and necessary for a teacher to be able to follow up with each child. The correction and feedback on homework is an important input that helps both parents and children to follow up and improve in areas which are needed. The recourse extra classes, can be reduced if the homework is used for learning improvement and acquisition of diverse skills. We are providing a handful help to solve or helping in solving the holiday homework.

What are concepts of the Holiday Homework for Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5?

The Holiday Homework 2023-24 for class 1 and Class 2 should be totally creative work only. We should prepare the homework in such a way that student enjoy the work like play. The holiday assignment for class 3, 4 and Class 5 should be totally creative work.

What are the Holiday Homework suggestions for Class 6, 7 and 8?

The ideas for Holiday Homework 2023-24 for class 6, 7 and 8 Maths, Science, English, Hindi and Social Science are given on Tiwari Academy. We should also include the interesting facts related to daily life with the topic of NCERT Books.

How to prepare the Holiday Homework 2023-24 for class 9 and 10?

The collection of Important Questions from NCERT Textbook, From board Papers, CBSE Sample papers and NCERT Exemplar Books may be the good holiday homework practice material for High School students.

What would be good the Holiday Homework for class 11 and 12?

The Holiday Homework for class 11 and 12 are generally selected as the NCERT Textbook topics. The NCERT Books back exercises and related questions which are asked in CBSE Board Examination may be a good assignment for intermediate students.

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english holiday homework ideas

Holiday Homework

english holiday homework ideas


Kendriya Vidyalaya Bamangachi

Holiday Homework for 40 Days Summer Vacation

Session 2023-24

1. (a) Borrow a book from the school library or any other public library or listen to an audio book of your choice downloaded from and write a book review in about 100 – 300 words. In the book review mention the following points –

(i). Name of the Book (ii). Name of the Writer/ Editor (iii). Year of Publication (iv). Name of Publisher (v). ISBN Number (vi). Genre - Fiction/ Non-Fiction (vii). Type of Binding – Hardcover/ Paperback (viii). Brief sketch of Major Characters (ix). Which character did you like the most? (x). Why did you like that character? (xi). Which character did you hate the most? (xii). Why did you hate that character? (xiii). Brief description of Storyline/ Plot/ Sequence of Events/ Chronology of Events (xiv). Did you like it, or did you dislike it? Why did you like or dislike it? (xv). Was the printing easy to read and clearly visible? (xvi). How is the quality of the pages?

1. (b) Write an article/ story/ poem/ travelogue/ biography (of your icon)/ bio sketch (of a family member whom you admire) for the school magazine. It should be an original work. It MUST NOT be copied from any source whatsoever. If you are inspired by anybody else’s written/ creative / literary work, then do mention the source and give credit to the original writer. Submit a neatly typed soft copy (Font Times Roman, Size 12) through WhatsApp or Email. Write your full name, roll number, class, section in the end of your write-up/ creative writing.

2. Draw a picture from any of the following lessons in an A4 size white paper under Art Integrated Learning Project Work and submit the A4 size paper after the Summer Vacation - Tiger King/ Deep Water. You may use colours or black and white sketch or a pencil sketch. Write your full name, roll number, class, section in the right bottom corner of the A4 size paper.

Suggestive drawings which can be submitted from the lesson Tiger King/ Deep Water under AIL are as follows (you may do anyone)

(i). Tiger (ii). Ju 87/ Stuka Bomber (iii). Crown (iv). Gun (v). King (vi). Tiger Hunt (vii). Wooden Tiger (viii). Elephant (ix). Diamond Ring (x) Any other topic/idea connected to the lesson

(i). Face of a bully (ii). A boy/girl sinking (iii). A swimming pool (iv). Water wings (v). A man/woman swimming (vi). A man/woman fishing (vii). A man/woman canoeing (viii). A canoe (ix). A buoy (x). A sea beach (xi). A river (xii). A waterfalls (xiii). A lake (xiv). Face of a winner (xv). Terrified face (xvi). A man/woman helping another out of a pool or water body (xvii). Swimming costume (xviii). Portrait of William Douglas (xix). Trout (xx). Any other connected to the lesson (xxi). Father and son on the sea beach

You can present your idea through stick figure/ figures. You may present a pencil sketch. You may use colour. You may also make and present digital art. You may also make animation through GIF maker.

3. Download and install in your or your parent’s smart phone the following App from Google Playstore and use it to practice Spoken English. Link

4. Click on the link and practice the listening exercises. In your copy do the question-answers from any two such exercises.

5. (a) Complete the CBSE Project Work Survey as per the following guidelines

A. The project file should have the following

(a) Cover Page having the title of the project and the names of the group members (Handwritten)

(b) Certificate of Completion (Handwritten)

(c) Acknowledgement (Handwritten)

(d) Content (Handwritten)

(e) Introduction to Global Warming & Sustainable Lifestyle in 200 – 300 words (Handwritten)

             (i) Objective (ii) Action Plan (iii) Introduction

(f) 05 Survey Sheets having 20 questions each (Typed with Responses of 05 people)

(g) Survey Data Analysis/ Survey Chart

(h) Survey Report/ Findings

(i) Conclusion - Reflection/ Experience (Handwritten) about what is

             (i) learnt from taking part in the project,

(ii) liked best about the project, and

(iii) found most challenging in the project

                             (j) Photographs – Photographs of any 03 of the 05 respondents attempting the Survey (Printed)

(k) Bibliography (minimum four references/ sources used for completing the project) (Handwritten)

H. The project file should be in A4 size white paper.

I. The project papers must be stapled and submitted in a transparent stick file.

J. A video of you asking any one of the 05 respondents the first 05 questions from the Survey Questionnaire (This is mandatory.) In the video introduce yourself by telling your name, class and school. It must be in English. In the end of the video thank the respondent. Share the video file through Google Drive or Class WhatsApp Group or Email.

5. (b) Write a skit and record it. Submit the recorded file through Google Drive link/ WhatsApp/ email. Make a file of the same as per the following guidelines given by CBSE for Project Work.

A. Work in a group of 5-10 students. Students from different sections can work together.

B. The script must be typed in Times Roman font in size 12 and submitted for approval.

C. Once approved the participants must act their respective roles and make a video of the same.

D. Costumes and props can be used to make the video interesting and realistic.

E. The length of the video shouldn’t be less than 5 minutes and more than 10 minutes.

F. Any socially relevant topics can be used for the skit. But political/ religious and any other controversial or taboo topics must not be used.

G. After the video is ready, a project file must be made. The project file should have the following

(a) Cover Page having the title of the skit and the names of the group members (Handwritten)

(e) Introduction in 100 – 200 words (Handwritten)

(f) Script (Typed/ Handwritten)

(g) Reflection/ Experience (Handwritten) – One line from each member about what he/she

(h) Bibliography (minimum four references/ sources used for completing the project) (Handwritten)

Survey on Global Warming & Sustainable Lifestyle

Survey Done by _________________________________________ (Name) on _____________ (Date)

Note - Read the questions given below and tick the most appropriate options

1. What is Global Warming?

  a. Because of old age we feel more cold  b. Summer in different countries of the world

  c. Gradual increase in temperature because of increase in CO 2 in atmosphere    

  d. Because of spending time in AC we feel more heat in non-AC environment

2. Is the extreme climate, harsh heat wave, more devastating cyclones and flooding a symptom of Global Warming?

Yes  b. No  c. I don't know

3. Have you ever planted a tree?

4. Did your planted tree survive to grow big and give shade, fruits and flowers?

5. Did you take care of the tree after planting it?

Yes   b. No

6. What have you done to reduce your carbon footprint? (You may choose more than one option)

Used bicycle  b. Used public transport   c. Didn't waste water  d. Didn't waste electricity

  e. Didn't waste petrol or any other fuel  f. Used solar energy/ wind energy/ hydro energy

  g. Didn't waste paper  h. Recycled used items  i. Didn't use single use plastic

  j. Didn't waste food  k. Planted a tree  l. Didn't cause pollution

  m. In addition to above I also did something else  n. I did something else

  o. I didn't do anything to reduce my carbon footprint

7. Are you aware of the connection between your carbon footprint and Global Warming?

8. In the next 50 years what will happen to a city like Kolkata because of unchecked Global Warming?

Nothing will happen. Life will go on as usual. There will be no change in climate.

Large areas of city will not get submerged in flood water because of rise in sea level

More devastating heat waves, extreme climate  and more flooding  d. I don't know

9. Which one is better for the environment and our future?

Petrol car  b. CNG car  c. Electric car

10. The future of the planet is in your hands. You have the power to choose a sustainable lifestyle. Your actions today will make a difference in the life of future generations. If you change your lifestyle today then you will improve the quality of life in the present and the future. You must choose a sustainable lifestyle and save the future of humanity by preventing Global Warming. Do you agree?

Yes, I agree.

I don't care. My present enjoyment is more important than the future.

Individually I can't bring about any change, so, I don't try anything.

It is not my responsibility. It is the government's responsibility.

I haven't tried it but it is a good idea and we all should do it.

11. If you get a choice between wasting resources and saving resources, which one will you choose?

It will depend on my convenience.   b. It will depend on financial viability.

  c. It will depend on my mind-set.  d. It will depend on government policies.

  e. It will depend on all the above.  f. It will depend on none of the above.

  g. It will depend on ___________________________ (Please mention your idea).

12. Do you keep the tap running while doing household chores like washing vegetables or works related to personal hygiene like shaving?

13. According to you, what is more important - saving the environment by curtailing waste of resources or personal freedom to enjoy life fully even by wasting resources?

Saving environment   b. Enjoying life

14. Do you keep lights, fans or any other electrical appliances switched on even when not needed?

Yes, because I am forgetful.   b. Yes, because I have money to pay the electricity bill.

  c. Yes, because I don't have to pay the electricity bill.

  d. Yes, because I don't care about all these.

  e. Yes, because in my family everybody does the same.  f. No

15. Would you want your child to —--

Live on a polluted planet.  b. Live on a beautiful planet.

16. According to you, what is the most important aspect of a sustainable lifestyle?

Mind-set change  b. Availability of viable alternatives

  c. Government policies  d. Individual choices

17. Have you ever taken any initiative towards adopting a sustainable lifestyle?

18. Did you do anything to make others aware of ways to save the environment?

19. Do you feel that you are doing enough for the environment and ensuring reduction of the carbon footprint?

20. Are you fully aware of the impact of your actions on the environment?

Details of the Person giving response to the above questions

Name - _______________________________; Sex - M/ F Age - _____; Phone No. - __________________;

E-mail (if any) - _______________________; Full Residential Address - ____________________________


Educational Qualification - Illiterate/ Skilled Labour/ Class 10/ HS/ Graduate/ Post Graduate/ PhD/ Diploma/ Professional Degree/ Any Other; Job Profile - Employed/ Unemployed

Holiday Homework 2022-23

Survey on Career Choice

 1.When you were in school, what did you want/ wish to become?


2. When you were in school, what did your parents want/ wish you to choose as a career?

Parents wanted you to get/ do any job for the upkeep of family

Parents were not at all aware of different career opportunities

Parents wanted you to get involved in the family business

Parents wanted you to get educated and do a respectable job

Parents wanted you to get married and beget children

Parents wanted (any other) ________________________

3. What job are you doing presently?

Government sector - managerial staff

Government sector - clerical staff

Government sector - Sub - Staff

Private Sector - managerial staff

Private Sector - clerical staff

Private Sector - Sub - Staff

Professional (Doctor/ Engineer/ Actor/ Dancer/ Player/ Pilot/ Driver/ Teacher/ CA etc.) Government Sector

Professional (Doctor/ Engineer/ Actor/ Dancer/ Player/ Pilot/ Driver/ Teacher/ CA etc.) Private Sector

Professional (Doctor/ Engineer/ Actor/ Dancer/ Player/ Pilot/ Driver/ Teacher/ CA etc.) Private Practice/ Enterprise/ Start-up

 Inherited Private Enterprise/ Business

Self Established Private Enterprise/ Business

Any other _______________________

4. Could you realise your dream and choose a career as per your choice?

5. If you choose your dream career, then what helped in that choice?

Adequate monetary resources

Adequate academic preparation

Adequate opportunities

Adequate planning

Adequate career guidance

Adequate knowledge, understanding and skill

Adequate parental/ family/ social support

Adequate choice as per individual capacity

Adequate focus, will power and determination

No family obligations/ financial constraints

6. If you failed to choose your dream career, then what stopped you from choosing that?

Lack of monetary resources

Lack of academic preparation

Lack of opportunities

Lack of planning

Lack of career guidance

Lack of parental/ family/ social support

Lack of career specific skills

Lack of self knowledge

Lack of focus, will power and determination

Lot of family obligations/ social restrictions

7. When you were in school were you aware of many different career options available to you as per your aptitude, attitude and acumen?

8. Did you get any sort of career counseling at school?

Yes, from friends

Yes, from teachers

Yes, from qualified career counsellor

9. Did you choose your career?

10. Did others choose your career for you?

Yes, parents chose

Yes, relatives chose

Yes, friends chose

Yes, teachers chose

Yes, other adults chose

No, I chose it myself

11. Are you happy with your career choice?

Don't know

12. What is more important for you?

Job Satisfaction

Salary Package

13. According to you, for a girl/ woman what is more important?

Marriage as per social customs

Career as per individual choice

14. According to you, for a boy/ man what is more important?

Get married at the right age with a person of your choice

Get married at the right age with a person of his/her own choice

Get married at the right age with a person of his/her own choice and with your approval/ social sanction

Become successful in a career of his/her own choice

Become successful in a career that you have chosen for him/ her

Become successful in a career of his/ her own choice and with your approval

16. According to you, what is the most important aspect of a career?

Doing a job that makes your parents/ family happy

Doing a job that helps you earn a lot of money

Doing a job that gives you satisfaction and fulfilment

Doing a job that gives you power and respect in society

Doing a job that gives you opportunities for growth and development

17. Have you ever taken an online/ offline career test?

18. Is it important for the husband to earn more than the wife?

19. In the case of a working woman, is it important for the woman to take care of the family by doing all necessary household chores in addition to doing her job?

20. Do you believe that career choices should be as per gender i.e., men and women can't do the same work with equal success and sincerity?

21. Do you believe that there is nothing wrong if women should be involved in earning a livelihood and men should do cooking, cleaning, washing, upbringing of children and other household chores?

Yes, it is perfectly okay in a techno-centric modern society believing in gender equality, inclusiveness and individual capacity/ capability

No, it is unacceptable and against the social customs and traditions and it is not pragmatic or practical in a patriarchal social set-up

22. What will make you more happy —-

A married daughter making her husband and in-laws happy

A daughter who is financially independent by means of a successful career

A married son taking care of all the financial needs of the family

A son who is financially independent by means of a successful career

23. If you had a son/ daughter, then would you —---

Choose different careers based on the gender of your children (for example teacher/ doctor for the daughter and armed forces/ engineering for the son)

Make no distinction between the son/ daughter

Allow the son/ daughter to choose his/ her own career

Arrive at a consensus with your son/ daughter after discussing various aspects of a career like future prospects/ job hazards/ financial investment/ pay package/ job security/ job satisfaction etc.

24. Did your parents give you freedom to choose your own career?

25. Did you choose your career because of (choose the most important reason)

Parental pressure

Peer pressure

Social obligations

Financial obligations

Personal choice

Special skills and aptitude

Pay package

No other opportunities available

Financial constraints

Lack of academic achievements

Lack of career counselling

Name - __________________________________________ Sex - M/ F Age - _______

Phone No. - _______________________ E-mail (if any) - _______________________

Full Residential Address - _________________________________________________


Educational Qualification - Illiterate/ Skilled Labour/ Class 10/ HS/ Graduate/ Post Graduate/ PhD/ Diploma/ Professional Degree/ Any Other

English Holiday Homework / English CBSE Project Work 

Class 11-12

Session 2021-22

The Pages of the Project

Page 1 Name, Roll, Class, Sec, School, Session

Page 2 Topic - Work From Home and Its Impact On Mental Health

Page 3 Objectives

Page 4 Certificate of Completion

Page 5 Acknowledgement

Page 6 Content

Page 7 Action Plan

Page 8 Introduction to COVID 19 Pandemic

Page 9 What is Work From Home?

Page 10 - 19 Survey Sheets (Total 10 Filled Up By Different Respondents)

Page 20 Survey Chart/ Data

Page 21 Survey Report

Page 22 Conclusion

Page 23 Photograph & Video CD

Page 24 Bibliography

Page 25 Blank Sheet/ Page - White A4 Size


Print the Questionnaire provided in WhatsApp/ Google Classroom/ English-e-Classroom

Make 10 photocopies of the Survey Questionnaire

Get 10 people (above 18 years of age and earning a livelihood) surveyed using the survey questionnaire (Minimum 10 and Maximum 20)

Take photo of any three people surveyed and print the photos and paste in the photograph page

(a) Make a video recording of you surveying (only you asking first three questions and options and the respondent replying) one person

(b) Upload the video in your Google Drive

(c) Share the drive link through WhatsApp and in Google Classroom under the Assignment titled Holiday Homework and Project Work Term 2, Class XI, Session 2021-22

(d) Submit a CD/ DVD with the video file written inside and attach it in PAGE 23  of the project

Complete the project in A4 size white paper

Staple the pages as per page number and put the project inside a stick file

Objectives are shared below. Write it in your own handwriting in PAGE 3.

Acknowledgement format is shared below. Write it in your own handwriting in PAGE 5.

In the Content PAGE 6 write the content shared below.

In the Action Plan PAGE 7 write in your own handwriting the action plan shared below.  

Survey Chart format is also shared below. Some questions may have more than one option as a response. Write all the responses in the box meant for recording the responses in the survey chart.

Give the website link or search URLs in the Bibliography page. Minimum 4 links should be given

Except Pages 10 - 19 all pages (Page 1 - 9, Page 20 - 24) should be handwritten

Last date of submission is on or before 31st Jan 2022

If you do not submit on time, then be prepared to get ‘ZERO’ marks . No excuse whatsoever will be entertained.

The project was given in the Month of November 2021. You had more than 2 months’ time to complete it.

The project file should be kept ready for submission and must be submitted without fail or any excuse whatsoever on any day after 31 Jan 2022 as notified by the school authority.


english holiday homework ideas

CBSE English Project Work for Class XII

Imagine yourself to be an employee or an entrepreneur and then think of the impact of the pandemic on your job and your enterprise. What would you prefer - Work From Home or Work From Office? Justify your preference by giving viable arguments and evidence.

Did you enjoy the lockdown and online classes from home or did you look forward to the reopening of the school and start of offline classes? Connect things with your real life and build upon your experiences to arrive at a conclusion about the impact of the Work From Home culture resulting from the pandemic. 

Research and find out more about Work From Home and its impact on mental health. Find out the advantages and disadvantages. Make a list of all the advantages and also of all the disadvantages. Establish a connection with your own life and experiences during the pandemic and reflect upon it. Write about your reflections (experiences, thoughts, understandings and ideas) in the form of a paragraph or paragraphs. 

Then do the following -

Make a Questionnaire of 20 Questions. Get 20 copies of the same printed and conduct a survey among people around you, especially those who are employed and have worked during the pandemic or lost their job or source of earning during the pandemic. 

If you are interviewing a person who doesn't understand English, then you may translate the questions and options and take a video recording of the interview as proof. In such a case you may fill up the questionnaire yourself on behalf of that person. 

Collect their responses and based on their responses write a report of 800-1000 words. First make a rough draft and then show it to the teacher for approval and only after that make the final report.

The final report should have the following

Cover page, with the title of the project, school details/details of students.

Statement of purpose/objectives/goals

Certificate of completion under the guidance of the teacher.

Action plan for the completion of assigned tasks

Materials such as scripts for the theatre/role play, questionnaires for interviews,

Written assignments, essays, survey reports, and other material evidence of learning progress and academic accomplishment.

The 800-1000 words essay/Script/Report.

Student/group reflections.

Photographs that capture the positive learning experiences of the student(s).

List of resources/bibliography.

A sample is given below. You may use the sample given below or frame your own questions.

Instructions - Fill up the details and then choose the option that suits your response to the questions given below.

Title - Mr/ Ms/ Mrs/ Dr

Full Name ____

Profession/ Job  _______

Sector - Private/ Government

Address _______

Contact No. ______

Email (if any)______

During the pandemic from Summer of 2020 to the Summer of 2021 did you get your salary on time or did you earn as much as you earned before the Pandemic?

No, I earned less

No, I earned more

No, the difference in earning was negligible

I lost my job

My business remained closed for most of the months

Did you work from home during the pandemic?

For only a few days (less than 30 days)

For only about 1-2 months

For only a few months (about 3 - 6 months)

For many months (more than 6 months)

Which one is better - Work From Home or Work From Office?

What are the advantages of WFH?

Comfortable home environment

No formal dressing

Food readily available

Can take a break anytime

Support from family

Multitasking possible

Take care of family/child

Complete household chores along with work

Cuddle my pet whenever I want

Receive easily online delivery

Save money and time by not travelling to work 

Any other advantages _____

There were no advantages

What are the disadvantages of WFH?

Too much online work

Too much screen time

Too much dependence on cell phones, computers and internet

Too much time spent with family

Too little time spent with colleagues and friends

No boundaries, work and home getting mixed up

Very little meaningful human interaction

No time to relax

Too much strain on eyes

No scope to get dressed and go out

Too much disturbance caused by family

Any other disadvantage _____

There were no disadvantages

What are the advantages of WFO?

Office and home are two different spaces

Face-to-face interaction with colleagues

Working hours not getting mixed up with family time/ me-time

More productive interaction with customers and clients

Travelling to work makes life more interesting

Any other advantages ___________________________

What are the disadvantages of WFO?

Constant supervision by boss

Disturbance caused by colleagues

Time and money wasted while travelling to office

Office environment is not as comfortable as home

Canteen facility and toilet not good/ not available

Any other disadvantages __________________________

Would you want to adopt a hybrid model having both WFH and WFO?

Did the pandemic have an impact on your job and earning?

Yes but very little

Not in job and earning but in mental health

How did the pandemic change your outlook or perception with regard to your job and earnings? (You may tick more than one option)

It made me more insecure

It made me more vulnerable

It made me more confident

It made me more self-reliant

It made me more confused

It made me more determined

It made me more aware of my priorities

It made me more educated about personal hygiene

It made me more prudent about my earnings and savings

Have you made any preparations for any such future pandemics?

Yes, I have decided to save more money for emergency

Yes, I have decided to look for another job

Yes, I have decided to work harder and earn more

Yes, I have decided to ______

No, I haven't done anything and intend to continue as it was before pandemic

No, I am simply waiting for the pandemic to end

No, I have enough money and savings and therefore needn't plan anything else

No, I got my salary on time during pandemic and there were no adverse financial impact

Was WFH good for your mental health?

If you are given a choice then what will you choose - WFH or WFO?

Were your family members happy because of your WFH?

Were you more relaxed, productive and creative because of WFH?

Do you look forward to WFH to continue?

Are you eagerly waiting for things to go back to normal as it was before the pandemic?

Did you lose anyone (died) to the pandemic?

Did you feel sad because of so much suffering caused by the pandemic?

Did you do anything to help others financially during the pandemic?

Your project will be evaluated on the following points

Quality of content of the project

Accuracy of information

Adherence to the specified timeline

Content in respect of (spellings, grammar, punctuation)

Clarity of thoughts and ideas

Contributions by group members

Knowledge and experience gained


The above project has to be done individually. You may also do a group project. The group project will be 

A skit based on any social issue

Duration 6-8 minutes

Members minimum 4 and maximum 7

A single report to be submitted by the group

Hand written report (800-1000) must have entry from each member about his/her 

Experience of working in the project

Learnings from the activities

Role played in the project/ skit

The script must be enacted by the members using inexpensive props and home settings or home surrounding settings

A video needs to be shot of the skit and uploaded in Youtube

The script must be discussed with the teacher before final shooting and uploading

The script to be enacted and uploaded only after teacher's approval

This will be your Holiday Homework for the Autumn Break. The last date of submission of the final project report is after the Winter Break but the structure and rough draft of the same must be submitted after the Autumn Break. The date for submission of the Rough Draft of the Project is 25.10.21.

The project (Survey/ Skit) is mandatory for all students because the marks awarded will be added to your final Class 12 result. If you don't take part in the project then you will be marked absent and you may not be allowed to appear in the Class 12 Term 2 Board Exam of 2022. 

The final project must be hand written and submitted in the form of a file with spirally bound pages. You may also decorate it and make it look attractive. Marks will be awarded based on your written project and your viva-vice based on the project.

For any clarifications you may call the teacher or email the teacher. 

AIL Project Work Class xii, session 2021-22

Suggestive drawings which can be submitted from the lesson Deep Water under AIL are as follows (you may do anyone)

1. Face of a bully

2. A boy/girl sinking

3. A swimming pool

4. Water wings

5. A man/woman swimming

6. A man/woman fishing

7. A man/woman canoeing

10. A sea beach

11. A river

12. A water falls

14. Face of a winner

15. Terrified face

16. A man/woman helping another out of a pool or water body 

17. Father and son on the sea beach

18. Swimming costume

19. Portrait of William Douglas

21. Any other connected to the lesson

You can present your idea through stick figure/ figures. You may present a pencil sketch. You may use colour. You may also make and present digital art. You may also make animation through maker.

Take a A4 size white paper/ chart paper.

Make a drawing based on any one of the topics suggested from the lesson Deep Water.

You may use colour or you may make a pencil/ pen sketch.

Write your name, class, roll no. towards the bottom right hand corner.

Submit the hardcopy of the drawing on or before 30 Nov 2021.

This is not a drawing competition and therefore, your drawing need not be perfect but it should be neatly presented. 

You must make some sincere effort in making the drawing and it mustn't be just a casual drawing on a piece of paper.

This is as per CBSE guidelines.

This is mandatory for all students.

Your admit card will be issued only after you have submitted the AIL Project Work. 

Summer Vacation 2021

Topic - How I Spent My Holidays In Lockdown

Write/ Recite/Read and Record (on the above topic)

(a) a poem (MINIMUM 10 LINES) or 

(b) a story (MINIMUM 300 WORDS) or 

(c) an article (MINIMUM 200 WORDS). 

It should be an original creation. 

You may also draw a picture (MINIMUM 3 PICTURES TELLING THE STORY) based on any lesson from the textbook or on the topic given above. 

You may also get together with your friends online and make a video of maximum 5 minutes duration based on any lesson (story/ article/poem) from the textbook or on the topic given above. The video should be uploaded in YouTube and the link shared with the teacher. 

Original creations will be appreciated and suitably rewarded. You may share your creative attempts with the teacher through his email. 

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Download and install BBC Learning English App in your respective smart phones. The App is made available by Media Applications Technology. It is in fact a pocket language lab which can be used by all to enhance their English L, S, R, W Skills. 

Complete as many tasks/ listening exercises as possible. Use a headphone or ear bud. Minimum five exercises you should complete. CLICK TO COMPLETE  

Two unseen passages with solved answers to be done in the copy. The questions can be photocopied from any relevant source like reference books, previous years question papers etc., and pasted in the English copy. Then the answers to the questions to be written in the copy. 

Listen to the audiobook of the stories from the textbook. To listen CLICK . If needed, then listen to the reading of the textual lessons multiple times, till you know the chronology of the story, the characters and the unfolding of the plot as a sequence of events one following the other.

Take part in the following survey and share with me how you have spent your holiday during the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic.



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10 June 2021

"You must be wondering about how I spent my Summer Vacation. 

The vacation started with the announcement that there won't be any vacation for me since I am the Exam I/C and Class 10 Result has to be prepared and uploaded. CBSE sent a document which presented a very complicated system of making the result. I thought over it. It was difficult. It was extremely cumbersome especially because of my lack of knowledge about computers and complicated mathematical calculations. But I didn't give up. I chose to face the challenge. 

I spent two sleepless nights and came up with a solution. I made a software based on Microsoft Excel to calculate the Class 10 Result for the students of session 2020-21 as per CBSE guidelines. The software made the job very easy for then the excel file did all the complicated calculations and that also correctly. My hard-work made the job easy for the other teachers. Although the making of the software was exhausting, yet in the end it felt good for through it I was able to help other teachers.  Now as I write this, the result is getting ready to be uploaded in the CBSE website. The final uploading again has to be done by me. 

After the process of Class 10 Result uploading is complete, I have to initiate the process of Class 12 Result uploading. The pandemic has definitely increased by workload exponentially but then at the same time it has provided an invaluable opportunity to learn new skills. 

I love writing and I find it soothing. So, however busy I may be, I always find some time to write. Since the last few months, I was working on a book on human relationships.  Finally, I completed the book and soon it will be available as a Kindle e-book at Kindle Direct Publishing is a great way to publish your writings as an e-book. The best part of the deal is that it doesn't cost you anything.  You can check out the books published by two students of the school in the following LINK .

The next thing that I did was to delete my GoDaddy website for it was costing me a lot of money and the service was not good. I did a little research and relaunched my new website through . The google service is completely free. I just had to buy a domain for about Rs 1000 for one year. The domain has to be renewed every year. My new domain address is 

In the mean time there was a constant stream of work being assigned to me by the school administration. In one such assignment, I helped collate the examination related data for the Vidyalaya Plan 21-22. In case you are wondering as to what exactly is a Vidyalaya Plan, then let me tell you that every year a stock of performance and resources of the Vidyalaya is planned in order to make the school more productive. All the schools have to submit a plan of many pages to the concerned Regional Office.

I also helped organise the pending Practical Exam for Class 12. The schedule is fixed. Hopefully the online viva voice will be a hassle free experience. My past experience has taught me that it is easier to hold an offline exam than an online exam. Many students often come up with many excuses for not attending the exam. Lack of device access and network connectivity issue is a hot favourite among the students. May be this time they won't give any excuse and attend the viva voice without any issues.

In the doing of the daily household chores, it was my responsibility to clean and wash the utensils after my wife had cooked and after we had our food. I don't mind doing that. In a strange way it feels good to wash utensils under running water. The only trouble was with the 5 liter pressure cooker. It is heavy and becomes rather slippery after the application of the dishwashing gel. I don't like washing the pressure cooker and there is nothing soothing about it.

I loved taking out the dog for a walk. Since there was no school, therefore I got time to spend with my dog. My dog loves to go for a walk. The walk is not that important but the smells in the neighborhood definitely are. That is true for all dogs because they know their world through their nose. I also took the dog to the vet a few times for vaccination and for a skin infection to be treated. One day I even went to school to give two bags of dog food for the stray dog at school. Earlier I had made an arrangement with one of the school staff to provide the dog food daily during the vacation. 

The pandemic has ruined by visit to a cinema hall to watch a movie. So, I explored Netflix. After an extensive search, I found a series to my liking. I completed watching all the episodes (about 100) of that web series through Netflix. The title is 'The 100'. It is an intriguing post apocalyptic story of human survival on Earth, in space and in other planets. 

I am also planning to celebrate my wife's birthday. It will be a low key celebration for the pandemic protocol doesn't allow a social gathering. Then my paternal aunt died and I took part in the funeral rite and rituals. A birthday and a funeral. It is a strange combination but then that's how life is.

I also read a few story books and lots of online news articles especially at BBC website. I listened to a few podcasts of Hidden Brain and finished listening to a retelling of the stories of Mahabharata available online through Google Podcast. 

Well, there are many other day-to-day activities that I did to continue with life as best as I could during the pandemic. I couldn't travel to any place far for the curfew except an occasional drive to the market to get the essentials. I also talked a lot with my parents over the phone as I couldn't travel to my home because of the pandemic. I then clicked a lot of photos with my cellphone and shared those with my friends and family. 

I got my second dose of the COVID19 vaccine and also got my wife vaccinated (the first jab). 

A few more days are left to the vacation. Hopefully I will be able to do a few more constructive things and find contentment through creativity.

Now, tell me how was your vacation?" 

- Mr. Saptarshi Majumder

20 June 2021

This is an update to what I did during the Summer Vacation. I succeeded in fulfilling a long cherished dream. I made and launched a new website dedicated to the dog-human relationship. Please do visit my website . If you wish to, you may also take part in the activities there. Your feedback is always welcome. If you have a pet dog, then you may share a photograph of you with your pet dog. You may also share a story or experience or any interesting news or facts regarding dogs. I would be looking forward to your visit to my new website.

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