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Fall is a wonderful time for harvest events and spooky celebrations at any grade level. This collection of reviewed resources offers ideas to incorporate seasonal activities in the regular curriculum. Whether you focus on a specific activity or simply share these for enrichment outside of class, your students will find "seasonal" learning opportunities.

 

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Let Dia de los Muertos Stand on Its Own - Learning for Justice

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Read this article from Learning for Justice to understand the misconceptions in comparing Dia de los Muertos with Halloween. Find links to articles and activities to help you further...more
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Read this article from Learning for Justice to understand the misconceptions in comparing Dia de los Muertos with Halloween. Find links to articles and activities to help you further understand the historical and cultural differences between the two holidays. The first link is a recipe for making sugar skulls (calaveras de azucar). Another link from Edsitement, reviewed here, has two videos. The first one is a symphony orchestra performing Camille Saint-Saens's "Danse Macabre", and the second video has subtitles to explain what is happening in the video; this second video will help students to visualize the Day of the Dead holiday. Finally, there is one other link to explore, which is connected to the words "a celebration of life ;" it would be an excellent site for students to use for researching different holiday customs.

tag(s): aztecs (9), cross cultural understanding (149), cultures (122), fall (10), fall festival (6), hispanic (25), holidays (136), mexico (30)

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Bookmark this article for use during your fall festivals activities or cultural diversity lessons and while explaining the difference between Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. Show the video on Edsitement, reviewed here, which shows celebrations of Dia de los Muertos, as an introduction to the class. Enhance learning by asking students what they observed and document this on a two-column Padlet, reviewed here, with one column labeled Dia de los Muertos and the other Halloween. Take advantage of the other links on this site by challenging students to research the two holidays and continue with the Padlet comparison. As a wrap up, have students explain the two holidays (or differences between them) using Flip, reviewed here.

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How to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Activities to Teach and Excite Kids - Colleen Bonnett twinkl

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K to 5
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At this site, you will find an explanation about Dia de los Muertos - a time of honoring friends and family who have passed and when the holiday occurs. In ...more
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At this site, you will find an explanation about Dia de los Muertos - a time of honoring friends and family who have passed and when the holiday occurs. In addition, there are some examples of how it is celebrated and various ideas and examples of activities to help introduce your students to Dia de los Muertos; these include poetry, kite making, classroom displays, a booklist, altars (Ofrenda), banners, a two-minute video clip, and several others. Many of the activities have downloads, but they are not free. This review is for the free parts of this site. Reminder: due to the sensitive nature of this topic, it is best to inform parents and guardians that you will be teaching about this holiday. The video clip resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube it may not be viewable in your classroom.

tag(s): aztecs (9), crafts (50), cross cultural understanding (149), cultures (122), fall (10), fall festival (6), hispanic (25), holidays (136), mexico (30)

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Whether you go all out with a Dia de los Muertos celebration in your class or only do a lesson, this holiday will help to introduce your students to various cultures. This site has so many ideas for your classroom that you may want to refer to it year after year; be sure to bookmark it. Also, if you have students who celebrate this festival, you may want to ask them and their parents to help you with classroom activities. Since this festival occurs at the same time as Halloween, do a little study about the history of Halloween and have older students compare the two celebrations using an Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here.
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Diwali Decoration Ideas - Teachwire

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K to 6
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Incorporate the arts into your lessons about Diwali with these eight decorating ideas and classroom activities. Suggestions include a song lesson plan, paper cup garlands, Diwali card...more
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Incorporate the arts into your lessons about Diwali with these eight decorating ideas and classroom activities. Suggestions include a song lesson plan, paper cup garlands, Diwali card ideas, and others. All activities are linked to directions and created with commonly-found materials such as clay and play dough. Although this site has many ads, it is worth a visit to find ideas for building student engagement through hands-on craft activities.
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tag(s): crafts (50), cultures (122), fall (10), fall festival (6), holidays (136), religions (69)

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Take advantage of the ideas shared on this site to find hands-on crafts and activities to enhance your lessons on Diwali and fall festivals. Use ClassWish, reviewed here, to create a wish list for supplies and Bloomz, reviewed here, to schedule volunteers to assist students when making crafts. As students learn about Diwali, use an online game resource such as Baamboozle, reviewed here, to practice and learn about the terms associated with this celebration. As a final project, create a class book using Imagine Forest, reviewed here, that includes text, videos, and images to tell the story about Diwali.

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Diwali: Festival of Lights - National Geographic Kids

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Learn the basics of the five-day celebration of Diwali from this article shared by National Geographic Kids. In addition to a short description of the history of Diwali, the article...more
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Learn the basics of the five-day celebration of Diwali from this article shared by National Geographic Kids. In addition to a short description of the history of Diwali, the article tells about the differences in the celebration found in western, southern, and northern India. One helpful portion of this article talks about the day-by-day events during Diwali. This article also includes a link to a longer article on the National Geographic site that tells more about Diwali; email registration is required to view the National Geographic article.

tag(s): cultures (122), fall (10), fall festival (6), religions (69)

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Include this article with your other resources for students to use when learning about Diwali or as part of a larger fall festival unit. Engage students by using Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to share information about Diwali and provide opportunities for student interaction. For example, create a Jamboard slide for each day of the Diwali celebration and ask students to add digital sticky notes that share how those events compare and contrast with their holiday celebrations throughout the year. Many terms used to describe Diwali may be unfamiliar to students; use Pear Deck Flashcard Factory, reviewed here, to create interactive flashcards that include illustrations for students to print and use or export to Gimkit, , reviewed hereto play interactive games.

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Dipal's Diwali: Diwali for Kids - Twinkl Kids' TV

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Learn about Diwali through the eyes of Dipal and his family in this YouTube video from the popular Twinkl Kids' TV channel. This five-minute video begins with the family's preparations...more
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Learn about Diwali through the eyes of Dipal and his family in this YouTube video from the popular Twinkl Kids' TV channel. This five-minute video begins with the family's preparations for Diwali, including shopping, cleaning, and decorating their home. The story continues as the family and community participate in religious celebrations commemorating Diwali. The video summary also includes a link to the Twinkl webpage that shares additional information about Diwali and Hindu celebrations. The video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable.

tag(s): cultures (122), fall (10), fall festival (6), preK (246), religions (69)

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Add this video to your current resources for teaching about fall festivals and Hindu celebrations. Use a bookmarking tool such as 3x3 Links, reviewed here, to easily share links to student resources, including this video, games, and other activities. Many terms related to Diwali may be unfamiliar to students; take advantage of the features of a video enhancement tool such as EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to add comments within the video that share the definitions of terms as students view them. As students learn about fall festivals, create a collaborative digital book with WriteReader, reviewed here, to share students' written work and drawings. WriteReader is an excellent choice for creating digital books for young students because it offers the option to include student writing along with correct spelling underneath.

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Halloween Hangout - National Geographic Kids

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Halloween Hangout is an excellent starting point for finding Halloween and fall activities and information. Browse through to find costume ideas, games and learn about ghostly animals....more
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Halloween Hangout is an excellent starting point for finding Halloween and fall activities and information. Browse through to find costume ideas, games and learn about ghostly animals. Another valuable portion of this site shares tips for a plastic-free Halloween.

tag(s): animals (264), halloween (31), holidays (136)

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Share a link to fun and games activities on classroom computers for use during computer center time. For example, challenge students to test their Halloween knowledge by taking the Halloween Quiz. View the Wierd But True! Halloween infographic that shares data on the percentage of parents that steal kids' Halloween candy, then take a poll in your classroom as a comparison. Create and share your classroom data using Data GIF Maker, reviewed here. This resource allows you to make three different types of graphs easily. Use this tool to create graphs of your students' favorite candy, favorite Halloween books, or length of time spent trick or treating. Use an infographic creator such as the one found at Canva, reviewed here, to share data about your class's Halloween experiences.

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Halloween STEM Challenge - Bone Bridge - Feel-Good Teaching

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3 to 8
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This STEM challenge is not just for Halloween; include it with your makerspace activities and problem-solving lessons at any time during the school year. Provide students with supplies...more
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This STEM challenge is not just for Halloween; include it with your makerspace activities and problem-solving lessons at any time during the school year. Provide students with supplies including q-tips, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, pennies, and rulers to begin this challenge. The goal is to use the provided materials to build bridges that test strength, capacity, and length. Suggested content connections include the skeletal system and bridges.
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tag(s): body systems (42), bridges (11), engineering (111), forces (34), halloween (31), holidays (136), makerspace (42), Problem Based Learning (11), STEM (223), structures (19)

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Incorporate this engaging activity into a Halloween learning center, or for those that don't celebrate Halloween at school, include this activity within many content areas. This activity is easily adaptable to lessons about the skeletal system, force and motion, bridges, and even geometric properties. As students begin exploring different methods to create bridges, use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, as an information-gathering resource. Create a Jamboard with two columns, one column for ideas that work and another for failed attempts. Use a student blogging tool such as edublogs, reviewed here, and ask students to blog about their bridge-building attempts. Include pictures of student's creations as part of their blog. Extend learning by asking students to describe their problem-solving activities and share their thoughts on important features required to build strong bridges by creating a multimedia presentation using Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Adobe Express includes tools for creating websites, videos, images, and more. Another multimedia presentation tool to consider is Genially, reviewed here. Genially includes easy-to-use features that can create interactive images, video presentations, and interactive content. Use Genially's features to create interactive images that include students' explanations of their bridge's features.

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Halloween Activities for Virtual Learning - What I Have Learned

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Save time searching for educational activities relating to Halloween with this collection. Find lots of engaging active learning ideas and activities for math, science, language arts,...more
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Save time searching for educational activities relating to Halloween with this collection. Find lots of engaging active learning ideas and activities for math, science, language arts, and other subjects. Do you need to beef up your distance learning resources? What I Learned is the place. There are a variety of activities from games to stories, online pumpkin carving, non-fiction writing for bats, crafts, center activities, and so much more you need to see this site for yourself! There are a few items that aren't free, but there are enough free ideas and activities to make this site well worth your visit.
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tag(s): halloween (31), holidays (136), remote learning (61)

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Whether teaching in person in a classroom, using flipped learning, or remote learning (distance learning), you are sure to find the perfect holiday activity to engage your students in any subject. If you are teaching in a classroom, you may want to set up stations for students to rotate through and learn from and enjoy several activities. For remote learning, you can use Unhangout, reviewed here, to set up your stations and have students rotate through them virtually.

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The Halloween Collection - PBS Learning Media

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K to 12
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Explore the concept of fear through this Halloween Collection based on PBS T.V. shows. The collection includes videos and lessons for students in PreK through high school. Each item...more
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Explore the concept of fear through this Halloween Collection based on PBS T.V. shows. The collection includes videos and lessons for students in PreK through high school. Each item included on this site provides links to standards, and many include lesson support materials. Use links to share directly to Google Classroom or social media accounts.

tag(s): emotions (45), halloween (31), macbeth (9), preK (246), salem (6), shakespeare (91), sound (66), spiders (10)

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Instead of viewing videos on this site as a class, enhance student understanding by using EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to create a complete lesson within the video. Students could then view videos in class as partners, or at a learning center on their own. In blended learning classes, students could watch the videos on their own at home if you post them on your website. EdPuzzle offers features for inserting questions into videos and provides quick feedback on student understanding. To wrap up your unit, substitue a paper and pen project by having younger students work together to create a class book using WriteReader, reviewed here, to share different types of scary situations and suggestions on how to address them. For older students, have them redefine their learning by using a multimedia tool like Book Creator, reviewed here, to analyze supernatural or historic events like the Salem Witch Trial included in this site.

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Halloween Sheet Music - Virtual Sheet Music, Inc.

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K to 12
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Download high-quality sheet music and more with a Halloween theme from Virtual Sheet Music. Choose from the available songs and select the PDF digital sheet music to print. Listen to...more
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Download high-quality sheet music and more with a Halloween theme from Virtual Sheet Music. Choose from the available songs and select the PDF digital sheet music to print. Listen to and watch the selection through the online interactive or download and listen to mp3 or midi file versions of each song.

tag(s): halloween (31), holidays (136), musical notation (36)

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Use this site to share interactive recordings during music class and as visual learning tools. After sharing this site with students, have them share a recording of their performance using an audio recording tool like Vocaroo, reviewed here. This site isn't just for music teachers! In the classroom download and play these Halloween songs during your class fall or Halloween party. Ask students to research Halloween and its development as a holiday, then present their findings in a podcast using a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Take student research a step further and connect with a classroom in another country to compare and contrast Halloween traditions. Ask students to share this information using an interactive map tool like Zeemaps, reviewed here. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND choose various locations on a map where the report takes place. Need suggestions for finding a classroom in another country? Try ePals, reviewed here, or Global Virtual Classroom, reviewed here.
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But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids - Vermont Public Radio

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K to 7
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But Why? Kids have lots of questions, and this podcast is all about answering them. Some of the diverse questions answered at the time of this review were - Why ...more
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But Why? Kids have lots of questions, and this podcast is all about answering them. Some of the diverse questions answered at the time of this review were - Why Do We Poop and Fart? Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck in Their Webs? Why Do We Celebrate Halloween? Why Do People Get Cancer? Kids are encouraged to send in an audio of their questions through an adult to get it answered. Most podcasts run in length between 20 and 30 minutes, and many will recommend additional resources about the topic. Don't have the time to listen to a podcast? Not to worry, there is a summary right under the audio.

tag(s): podcasts (57)

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Listen to several podcasts together as a class. Enhance learning by challenging students to reflect on their learning and what they would like to learn more about using a tool such as Flip, reviewed here. Then have students come up with their own questions to be answered and submit them on a tool such as Dotstorming, reviewed here, and then to vote on their 3 favorite questions to submit.

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Shotclip (Beta) - Shotclip.com

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K to 12
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Create and edit professional looking videos in a three-step process using Shotclip. Down the app for your operating system. Use the storytelling guide to choose a template. Template...more
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Create and edit professional looking videos in a three-step process using Shotclip. Down the app for your operating system. Use the storytelling guide to choose a template. Template options include My Summer, Halloween Fun, blank templates, and more. Templates provide guidance for scenes or shots to include in your story. Templates also offer suggested length and music for each portion. Upload images, video, audio, add effects, and edit video as desired. When complete, publish and share to receive an email with a link to your video or publish directly to your YouTube account.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (137), images (254), movies (54), video (244)

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Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. In lower grades, make videos together as a class. Have students create short book reviews for classmates, explain a math concept or procedure, provide a short overview of a class field trip, or demonstrate a quick science experiment. Create a video montage of images taken in the classroom. Use to show a process, explain an experiment, discuss data collected, create club or class movies about happenings throughout the year, and much more. Use this tool as a creative and easy alternative to boring slideshow presentations. Introduce the major points of a topic through images and added text. Use this site to make commercials, science fair previews, and animated shorts in any content area. Have students make "advertisements" for an organism or a literary character. Make a travel commercial for a country being studied or for cultural sites in a world language class. Be sure to share the presentations on your projector or interactive whiteboard.

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Lesson This! - Lesson This!

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K to 6
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Find full length lesson plans for many subjects at Lesson This! For example, there is Pumpkin Addition and Subtraction (perfect for a fall math lesson). Scroll through the latest posts...more
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Find full length lesson plans for many subjects at Lesson This! For example, there is Pumpkin Addition and Subtraction (perfect for a fall math lesson). Scroll through the latest posts or browse by learning objectives, tags, materials, or grade level using the boxes on the right side of the home page. Each lesson states objectives, lists materials required (with links to print-ables if needed), and includes complete directions. Many also include pictures of the activity.
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tag(s): christmas (38), colors (60), counting (58), crafts (50), descriptive writing (38), drawing (61), halloween (31), holidays (136), nutrition (133), parts of speech (41), patterns (62), preK (246), recycling (46), symmetry (29), valentines day (11)

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Bookmark this site (or save in your favorites) to use as a resource for many lesson ideas throughout the year. Many lessons can be modified by changing materials or content of the lesson to fit your particular needs. Use the many seasonal "fun" ideas around Halloween, December holidays, and more.
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Sleuthing and Snooping: Real and Imagined Mystery Read-alouds - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This readaloud collection is part of the Help I lost my library/media specialist series. Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, this collection...more
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This readaloud collection is part of the Help I lost my library/media specialist series. Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, this collection of books and activities was created by an experienced elementary library/media specialist for fall read alouds and class discussions as Halloween and "mystery season" bring a chill to the air. The list of books to read aloud and accompanying activities include puzzles and stories that challenge their thinking. Of course we include Lexiles where available.

tag(s): book lists (126), halloween (31), reading lists (78)

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Use mysteries as an opportunity to learn some specialized vocabulary, a new story/text structure, to practice making inferences, and to synthesize information and make predictions. If your library does not have the books you want from this list, try using the ISBN numbers to borrow them on interlibrary loan from a public library nearby.

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Spreaker - Spreaker Online Radio

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Create a live Internet radio show -- free -- with Spreaker! This super easy online tool creates podcasts instantly for you to share with your own URL, on Facebook, Google ...more
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Create a live Internet radio show -- free -- with Spreaker! This super easy online tool creates podcasts instantly for you to share with your own URL, on Facebook, Google +, Soundcloud, Twitter, or add to the Spreaker website. Follow others, or invite others to follow your podcasts. With a click of a button you are creating a live podcast. To create a podcast you do not need Flash. However, there are several tutorials, and these tutorials require flash. There is a free version and a more deluxe premium version. This review is for the free version.
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tag(s): communication (135), podcasts (57), radio (22)

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Enjoy a live radio show from your classroom! Publish written pieces of writing, science reports, social studies reports, and any other reports you would like to share. Create a New Book or Book Review podcast for the media center. Link to your podcast URL on your class website. Publish directions to projects, explanations for difficult concepts, or even a radio show of you reading your favorite books for your students. Have upper elementary students take turns reading aloud for a podcast aimed at little reading buddies in kindergarten. Allow students to podcast to "pen pals" in faraway places. Record your school choir, orchestra group, poetry club, or drama club doing their best work or dramatic readings of Shakespeare soliloquies. Take your school newspaper to a new level with recorded radio articles. Be sure to include interviews with students, teachers, principals, parents, authors, artists, and almost anyone. In younger grades, use to save an audio portfolio of reading fluency, expression, or to aid with running records or even include writing. Be sure do this regularly throughout the year to analyze growth. Have fun at Halloween with your Halloween station filled with favorite spooky stories! Welcome your students to a new school year by sending them your message. Create messages for classmates who move away. Bring your foreign language classes an extra resource of your pronunciations whenever they need more practice. ESL/ELL, special education classes can often benefit from the extra explanations, practice, and elaborated instructions given at their own pace. The possibilities are endless! The site itself is a "web 2.0," social networking style site, so some schools may have it blocked. Ask about unblocking just YOUR teacher account so you can have students access it while at school and under your supervision.

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Pumpkin Carving - ABCya

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K to 3
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Invite students to carve a spooky Halloween Pumpkin without worrying about sharp knives, candles or pumpkin seeds. ABCya's simple, interactive site lets students create virtual carved...more
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Invite students to carve a spooky Halloween Pumpkin without worrying about sharp knives, candles or pumpkin seeds. ABCya's simple, interactive site lets students create virtual carved pumpkins and then save them to the computer as a JPG. Carve out the pumpkin to your desire, click done, and see the pumpkin illuminate.
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tag(s): drawing (61), halloween (31)

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While students are engaged with creating fun Jack-O'-Lantern drawing, they will also learn how to draw shapes with the mouse. Save this site to use yearly with your students. Students will love creating Jack O' Lanterns as an engaging Halloween center. Use the saved JPG file as an illustration for a Halloween poem or story.

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Fall Celebrations and Halloween - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary....more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary.

tag(s): halloween (31)

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Use these resources to connect Halloween or Fall Festival to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Death - The Last Taboo - Australian Museum

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8 to 12
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This interactive site shows how parts of an actual autopsy are done. The site does have a disclaimer that the content may be too graphic for some viewers. However, the ...more
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This interactive site shows how parts of an actual autopsy are done. The site does have a disclaimer that the content may be too graphic for some viewers. However, the "person" is a computer drawn, faceless character. You can click through the site, screen by screen, following the onscreen instructions to complete the autopsy. This includes removing the organs and weighing them. The site also includes a short video about an actual forensic scientist. Average metric weight of some human organs is also included in the site.

tag(s): forensics (14), halloween (31)

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This site could be used as an alternative to dissection, an enrichment activity, or as part of a unit that uses crime scene investigation as part of its delivery technique. Anatomy classes could use this practice and review for quizzes or tests on the human body organs and systems. Show the site using the interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to human anatomy or to dissection. If you teach high school biology, this would be a great site during Halloween season, as well: teach anatomy with a creepy feature!

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Goosebumps: The Science of Fear - California Science Center

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Explore the science of fear with this fun and interesting site. Click on "Explore Fear Online." View "Fear and the Brain" to understand how the brain responds to fear. Learn ...more
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Explore the science of fear with this fun and interesting site. Click on "Explore Fear Online." View "Fear and the Brain" to understand how the brain responds to fear. Learn animal responses in "Fear in the Wild." Other links include "Fear and the Media," "The Fun Side of Fear," and "Dealing with Fear." Each link includes several more specific topics. There is also a Parent's Guide with some of the topics.

tag(s): brain (52), emotions (45), halloween (31), psychology (65), stress (8)

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Brainstorm situations that cause fear and identify how the brain processes this information. Explore the similarities of fear responses with the feelings when riding thrill rides. Identify as a class how people respond to fear and ways fear can help you. Creative writing students can explore different ways that people show fear so their writing can describe what fear LOOKS like instead of simply saying, "he was afraid." Why not include this site when studying Poe's tales of terror or as a curriculum-related activity during Halloween season? Check out the "Dealing with Fear" section to help students struggling with anxieties and worry. Emotional or autistic support teachers and school counselors may also find this site helpful in allowing students to understand their body's reactions to fear. Health and psychology classes can use this site to explore the physiology of fear.

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Neil Gaiman's Mouse Circus - HarperCollins

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Not only did Neil Gaiman's book Coraline become a movie in 2009, but his book The Graveyard Book, won the Newbery Medal at the same time. Explore the world of ...more
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Not only did Neil Gaiman's book Coraline become a movie in 2009, but his book The Graveyard Book, won the Newbery Medal at the same time. Explore the world of Nobody Owens, the main character in The Graveyard Book. But, if you want to know more about Nobody's creator, definitely explore this site. Listen to Neil read from his award-winning book. Read interviews to learn more about this fascinating man. Print posters, enjoy wallpapers, and play games based upon Gaiman's work. Enjoy video and audio of his books by clicking on "Extras."

tag(s): literature (221), posters (45)

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If you are doing an author study, this site is loaded with information about this award-winning author. Compare the movie version of Coraline with the book using Venn Diagrams. Why not try online Venn Diagrams, using a site such as "Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagrams," reviewed here. Compare and contrast this Newbery book with other recent Newbery books. Print posters of his books for an eerie Gaiman bulletin board at Halloween. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet, reviewed here.

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