Monday, September 28, 2015

Can I turn Halloween into Something Educational?

                                                                                                                   We can't believe it's almost October... again! We are trying to maintain our focus to engage students in educational activities, even (and maybe especially) for the holidays. 
(Read more on our focus here...)

All teachers know that Halloween is such an exciting time for students. 
If any of you are like me, I use to dread the week of Halloween because it sometimes felt like wasted learning time. Some of you might be skeptical that Halloween can be considered anything but fluff... 
Be skeptics no more! 

With the goal to provide something worthwhile, meaningful, and educational, we have created standards-based Halloween activities that do much more than just keep students busy. Now, Halloween can become another great 'holiday' opportunity where teachers can put their students' strong interest to good use. 

So here it is...our non-scary, Halloween close reading lesson. This unit provides a printable, age-appropriate text that focuses on the historic origins of the holiday and compares Halloween traditions then and now. 

You may also love that we have included an individual set of text dependent questions for each grade level in order to cover all of the CCSS 'Reading Informational Text' (RI) standards for your specific grade!

The lesson plan guides teachers as they help students to 
  • revisit the text in search of deeper information
  • take notes on a graphic organizer
  • use their new knowledge to write their own informational text in a Halloween accordion book.  
Teachers can even give students the option to "hauntify" the covers of their texts as shown here: 
A 'hauntified' cover of the text

This amazing & educational Halloween lesson plan is available for 1st-3rd and 4th-6th in our TpT store. Please click on the images below to purchase your copy.

1 comment:

  1. How cool! I've never thought of how Halloween has this! Thanks for linking up!! xoxo