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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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