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Google Doodle

[Atividade em inglês sobre datas comemorativas com material para impressão] On August 30, 1998, Google’s conventional 4-color logo was first redesigned by Larry and Sergey, founders of Google, to celebrate The Burning Man Festival, and they liked that idea. Since then, the corporation logotype has been changed from time to time to celebrate holidays, birthdays and the life of artists and scientists. According to Wikipedia, then-intern Dennis Hwang has been in charge of designing Google doodles since the logo for Bastille Day in 2000.

However, not only new versions of the Google logo have surprised users. Google is said to have created the first playable logo on  May 21, 2010,  to celebrate the 30th birthday of Pac-Man. Additional interactive logos came subsequently with the Electric Guitar logo and the Lunar Eclipse logo.

The following video features Dennis Hwang presenting a time lapse video on Google doodle creation:

Exploring Google Doodles on http://www.google.com/logos/index.html might be an opportunity to learn more about local and global holidays, date expressions as well as to discuss cultural diversity. The following slideshow displays a few samples of Google Doodles that celebrate special dates all over the World. Can you match logos and the dates listed right below?



  • Apr 22, 2001: Earth Day – (Global)
  • May 03, 2005: Teacher’s Day – (US)
  • Feb 14, 2009: Happy Valentine’s Day (Selected countries)
  • Jun 15, 2011: Total Lunar Eclipse. Live imagery provided by Slooh. – (Global)
  • Sep 07, 2011:  Brazilian Independence Day – (Brazil)
  • Feb 17, 2011: Lantern Festival – (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)
  • Jan 28, 2008: 50th Anniversary of the LEGO Brick – (Global)
  • Mar 06, 2003: Michelangelo’s Birthday – (Global)
  • Apr 23, 2000: Happy Easter (Selected countries)
  • May 12, 2002: Happy Mother’s Day – (Global)
  • Sep 10, 2005: Teacher’s Day – (China)
  • May 21, 2010: PAC-MAN’s 30th Anniversary Doodle – PAC-MAN™ & ©1980 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.  – Global
  • Sep 01, 2011: First Day of School – (Selected Countries)
  • Sep 01, 2011: Tarsila do Amaral’s 125th Birthday – (Brazil)
  • Oct 24, 2010: Menino Maluquinho’s Birthday – (Brazil)
  • Dec 25, 2007: Merry Christmas (Global)
  • Nov 23, 2000: Happy Thanksgiving – (US)
  • Oct 31, 2002: Happy Halloween – (US)
  • Sep 15, 2000: 2000 Summer Games in Sydney – Opening Ceremony – (Global)
  • Aug 29, 2004: 2004 Athens Olympic Games – Closing Ceremony (Global)
  • Sep 05, 2008: Teacher’s Day – (Poland)
  • Apr 18, 2011: 129th Birthday of Monteiro Lobato – (Brazil)
  • Jan 01, 2010: Happy New Year – (Global)
  • Mar 30, 2005: Vincent Van Gogh’s Birthday – (Global)

Printable PDF material:

Google logos teacher’s version (5-page version with answers): click here to download.

Google logos student’s version 1 (5-page version): click here to download.

Google logos student’s version 2 (1-page version): click here to download.

Teaching tips: to display the sequence of Google logos, you may either provide students with a hard copy of Google logos student’s version 1 or show them on screen using a projector. If you wish to display the logos sequence on screen, toggle full screen mode on the right lower corner of the slideshow applet. Students may also access this post by themselves so they can handle the slideshow. Don’t forget that by exploring vocabulary related to holidays and special dates, other issues are likely to arise, such as date expressions (days, months, years and abbreviation forms). At the end, you may also wish to discuss cultural differences and similarities with your puppils and request a paperwork or research on that theme. Pair work should be a good choice for this activity.

TOD wishes a great time in class!


September 7, 2011 Posted by | For students, Printable Material, Teaching resources | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“English Listening Lesson Library Online : Learn English Naturally!”

Elllo is a very useful teaching resource when it comes to oral comprehension practice. The site is a free listening activity database with hundreds of audio files featuring speakers of English around the world talking about a huge variety of subjects from fast food to ethics. You may find a Mongolian talk about vacations to an American and a Canadian compare Christmas traditions with a Sweddish girl. For written support, each audio file comes along with a script.

Try Elllo at http://www.elllo.org/

Suggested by teacher Francine

June 8, 2011 Posted by | Teaching resources | , , , , | 4 Comments


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