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Language Arts Activities For Halloween

One of the best things about teaching in the lower grades is that we get to learn about and celebrate so many different holidays. Although though I do complete creative art activities and play fun holiday games with my students, I spend much of our learning time focusing on language arts activities that use holiday words and ideas. Here are some of quick Halloween activities for you to use in your own classroom.

Learning With Holiday Themed Words
KittyWork with your students to write a class book The A-Z of Halloween: afraid, bats, black, broom, creepy crawly, candy, candle, carve, dark, decorations, evil, frightened, fright, fly, ghost, goblin, haunted house, icky, jack-o-lantern, kids in costumes, lantern, monsters, mummies, magic, mask, night, nocturnal, owl, parties, pumpkin, queer noises, rats, spooks, skeleton, scary, tricks and treats, ugly, vampire, witches, weird, wax, yells, zombies

Use the A-Z Halloween list and other Halloween words to practice clapping out and sorting words by syllables.

Brainstorm a list of costumes people can wear on Halloween. Write the words on index cards then categorize them by real or imaginary, scary or not scary, animals or people etc. This can be done as a whole class and then done as a follow up activity in centers.

Make words with the letters in the word Halloween. Here is a PDF of a list of words you can make with the letters in Halloween and a PDF of Halloween word strips for easy cutting. I give each student a strip and have them cut the letters out. After completing the making words activity as a class, have students spell many of the words on their own and write their own word list. Then have students choose some words for writing sentences with and some for labeling a drawing with.
Download making_wds_halloween_list.PDF
Download making_wds_halloween_strip.PDF

Ideas for Writers Workshop/Journaling
• What scares you? Why?
• List the names of all of the Halloween costumes you have worn over the years. Which one did you like the best? Why?
• Describe your Halloween costume this year with out telling what it is. Read it aloud, did someone guess correctly?
• Write a recipe for Wicked Witch Brew, Ghost Toast, Cream of Bat Soup, or Skeleton Spaghetti
• Pretend you are a witch flying on a broomstick. What do you see? How does it fell? What do you do? Did you scare anyone?
• You have a magic broomstick. What does it look like? What magic words does it listen to?
• Cast a spell, what would it be? What would you say? Who would you cast your spell on?
• Write 5 tips for picking out a perfect pumpkin.
• Write a story about the runaway pumpkin.
• Write a Halloween poem and alternate writing the lines in black and orange.
• Everyone is scared of the monster, but he is lonely and wants a friend. What can you do?

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll

Pre Reading Focus Questions: Ask students about the biggest pumpkin they have ever seen. What does cooperation mean? Have students discuss ways that they cooperate, or discuss a time they had to share something that was special to them.

Post Reading Activities:
• Have students work in pairs to decorate a pumpkin cut out. Students should work on making decisions together to decide how it should be decorated.
• Discuss and write about what pumpkin seeds need to grow.
• Dramatize a scene from the story.
• Make mouse puppets to act out the story.
• Create a map on butcher paper showing how the mice got the pumpkin to town.
• Cut out a huge pumpkin from butcher paper. Have students write their ideas on how to grow the biggest pumpkin ever.

Happy Halloween!

“Tomorrow night I am going to go tricky treat!” Jasmine G. 2006-2007

Comments

janet Benaski

I love your journaling ideas!

Jennifer

Thanks Janet (=
Pretty cute huh? If only there were more hours in each day so you could squeeze all of the cute stuff in!

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