TeachersFirst's Halloween Resources
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.
Grades1 to 8
tag(s): spanish (91)
In the ClassroomInclude these activities with your class to promote multicultural understanding. You could also share the ideas with parents to do at home with their children.
Grades6 to 9
tag(s): halloween (26)
In the ClassroomReading these stories is a great jump off for an oral story telling project! If you have started to try podcasting, use this as the start of a new story collection on podcasts.
Grades5 to 8
In the ClassroomThis is a great site to show students how history can impact their everyday! One good project would be to use this site as an introduction to Halloween activities. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector. There are several different "histories" on the site, such as the history of the Jack o'Lantern, or the origins of Halloween, or the origins of several ghost stories. Have students look at the site in pairs, and create a poster of what they thought were the most interesting facts. We recommend a site such as Padlet (reviewed here). Have students display their posters, and then use the free craft ideas offered to celebrate the holiday in your class!
Grades9 to 12
tag(s): drawing (57)
In the ClassroomSave this site in your favorites on your class computers. Allow students to create their own designs in the "scribbler," and use those drawings as inspiration for an art project. Encourage recreating the scribble in other mediums, or even trying to sketch their own. In a language arts class, allow students to create poems or short rhymes in the scribbler. The graphic addition makes the poems a very interesting display, and is a different take on an old assignment! Due to the spider-web quality of the designs, scribbler poems would be perfect around Halloween.
Grades4 to 8
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! Save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval - a creative source for a cultural geography, history or earth science classroom! Use Google Earth, reviewed here, to explore the regions where chocolate grows and find photos to bring these locations to life on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Make natural resources a tasty lesson.
Grades2 to 8
In the ClassroomUse this site when studying community and culture. There are many sites that offer Halloween games and printables, but this site offers some real history - check it out! Why not have students research the history of Halloween (or another holiday) in your hometown. Do they have a parade? If so, when did it begin? What year did trick-or-treating begin in your hometown?
Assign cooperative learning groups different cities throughout your state, and have students do "Halloween" (or holiday) research on that particular town. Have the groups create interactive presentations to share with the class. Try having students create videos using Typito (explained here), to share using TeacherTube (explained here).