Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. My daughters are getting excited to wear their costumes (they’re going to be Winnie the Pooh and Tigger). Their excitement reminded me that it’s time for me to publish my annual list of Halloween-themed lesson activities and resources. This year’s list includes some of my old favorites and some new ones. Halloween Reading
ReadWorks offers a collection of Halloween-themed articles for a K-8 audience and a few for 9-12. The articles covered topics like the history of Halloween, pumpkin farms, and the history of ghost stories. Like all ReadWorks articles, you’ll find comprehension questions and vocabulary sets to accompany the articles. A read aloud feature is also available in ReadWorks.
Pumpkin Dice Latte Challenge
The Pumpkin Dice Latte Challenge comes from Justin Cahill at Keeping Kids in Motion. This is a physical education game that is played by rolling dice then completing an exercise like “spooky squats” and “boogedy boogedy burpees.” You can get the complete directions for the game and a video demonstration of the game right here on Keeping Kids in Motion.
Jack-o-Lantern Google Slides
Eric Curts recently published a new Google Slides Build a Jack-o-Lantern template. His new template includes an audio storytelling component for students. You can get the template and Eric’s complete directions for using the template right here on his blog, Control Alt Achieve
Halloween Science Videos
SciShow Kids has a playlist of videos covering topics that are frequently connected to symbols of Halloween. Those topics are bats, spiders, skeletons, and the changing colors of leaves. In the video about bats students learn how bats use sound to find their way at night, how and why bats hang upside down, and how they rear their offspring. In the video on spiders students learn about the role of spiders in controlling flying insect populations and how spiders create webs. In the video about the human skeleton students can learn about the functions of the skeleton as well as how bones grow and heal over time. Finally, in the video on leaves students learn about the correlation between chlorophyll, sunlight, and leaf color.
PBS Learning Media has a collection of Halloween-themed lessons for elementary school students. One of the those lessons is all about the historical traditions that contributed to the creation of Halloween. The materials for this lesson include a short video, video discussion questions, and a vocabulary sheet. All of the items in PBS Learning Media’s Halloween collection can be shared to Google Classroom where you can add questions for students answer after watching the videos.