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Meaningful Halloween activities

Meaningful Halloween activities

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Hello! I am currently student teaching. I have been head teaching for the entire day, under direct supervision, for the past couple of weeks. Next week, I begin head teaching without supervision. This also happens to coincide with Halloween. I was wondering if some people had some ideas on where to find meaningful Halloween-themed activities to incorporate with our curriculum. I tend to be very student-centered in my instruction and while I do plan out our day, I feel it is important to have students guide their day. For example, if we are trying to do math, and we just can't stop talking about what our costumes are gonna be on Sunday, I might scrap our lesson on making change (because we can go back to that moment) and spend the rest of time having the kids work on making a graph of what costumes people are planning to wear. Or something. Anyway, right now, I'm planning a bunch of cutesy, crafty-type activities just in case inspiration doesn't come--and also because I am planning to use these Halloween-themed activities in literacy centers (so they need to be easy enough that kids can do them in partnerships/independently but also both engaging and challenging). Your suggestions would be most appreciated!

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Ms. Chastain's picture

Edhelper.com is a great source for thematic units. I use edhelper a lot to spark ideas and then tailor what I find to meet the needs of my students. One idea from edhelper for Pumpkins is that you could teach a unit that focuses on reading comprehension & reading fluency (pumpkin themed reading), writing, math (when carving pumpkins), art (drawing and carving),and science (from seed to plant).

Keri: I love the haiku poem idea. In addition to that, students could write a shape poem (pumkin, witches hat, etc.)

Ms. Chastain's picture

I really like the Dias de los Muertos idea. I could definately use it for my high school students. The student demographic is over 90% hispanic. Perfect! Thanks.

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Lisa Dabbs
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What a great discussion thread happening here! I also love the cultural diversity piece of learning about Dia De Los Muertos as alternative to the typical Halloween. Highly suggest these awesome resources http://www.findingdulcinea.com/home.html

Cheers!

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ArielG89
Graduate Student, Inclusive Education (1-6)

Thank you so much for your time and suggestions! Now I'm wishing the week was longer, so we can incorporate all of them...luckily, I'm sure next week will still be full of Halloween talk, so I'm sure we can keep the momentum (and learning) alive. The edHelper site has been particularly interesting and helpful

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This will also be invaluable as I navigate projects connected with Thanksgiving.

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ArielG89
Graduate Student, Inclusive Education (1-6)

LOVE it, thank you!!! I think I will adapt this for science for our Painted Lady Butterfly unit.

Julie's picture

Sorry this is coming in late...October is the time for fall leaves, apple cider, shorter days and cool, crisp nights. It is also a time when many children's thoughts turn to Halloween, trick or treating and "things that go bump in the night", which makes October a great time to introduce nocturnal animals. Follow the link to download the Night Creatures page (From Edco Publishing) for students to read and discover answers to questions like:
What is a marsupial? - What are the only flying mammals and why are they important? - Which nocturnal animals are excellent swimmers? - How do owls eat without teeth? - What is a predator? - and many more.

http://www.edcopublishing.com/NightCreatures.pdf

We are using it as place mats for students and creating a game to seek and find things!

Sign up to get on Edco Publishing's mailing list, they have some great free resources (foldables). They are based out of Michigan, but some resources can be adapted for your area!

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Ms. Bea
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Trick or Treat? Treat your students and your favorite teachers with some 1-5 minute physical activities that will help them refresh, refocus and recharge.....

Get learning results with www.recessitate.com

Renee's picture

Have students cut pumpkins out of construction paper and have them write from the pumpkin's point of view as to why or why not it should be picked.

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Jessica
Building Confidence in Students, One Child at a Time

Fun learning is the best way to teach. Students love to learn while engaged in some interesting curricular activities. Such activities keep them on top and they allow their brain to run faster.

http://www.1to1tutor.org/

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