TeachersFirst's Resources related to Fall Celebrations and Halloween

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 (155), cultures (132), fall (10), fall festival (6), hispanic (28), holidays (163), mexico (29)

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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 (54), cross cultural understanding (155), cultures (132), fall (10), fall festival (6), hispanic (28), holidays (163), mexico (29)

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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 (54), cultures (132), fall (10), fall festival (6), holidays (163), religions (76)

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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 (132), fall (10), fall festival (6), religions (76)

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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 (132), fall (10), fall festival (6), preK (259), religions (76)

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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.

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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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Candy Pumpkin Catapults - Playdough to Plato

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Students will love learning about simple machines by building catapults to launch candy pumpkins. Then, using just a few supplies, challenge students to see whose pumpkins fly the farthest....more
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Students will love learning about simple machines by building catapults to launch candy pumpkins. Then, using just a few supplies, challenge students to see whose pumpkins fly the farthest. Along the way, students also explore other scientific questions that examine the impact of size and weight and consider the effect by using different types of supplies. This article includes complete directions along with images for incorporating the pumpkin catapult into early childhood classrooms. Of course, be sure to use caution and discuss safety rules when hurtling items at any time. If possible, take this activity outdoors to allow more space for launching the catapults.
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tag(s): makerspace (41), preK (259), Problem Based Learning (12), simple machines (17), STEM (265)

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Although this lesson describes activities for pre-k classrooms, the challenge is suitable for adaptation to any elementary class. Try the challenge with other small items at any time. For example, during the winter holidays, use snowman erasers or during spring, try catapulting different sizes of pompoms to see how far they fly. Adapt this activity for older students by providing the supplies at a learning center or makerspace area without directions. Allow students to explore options on their own to build and create a catapult. Use a digital organizational tool such as IdeaBoardz, reviewed here, to record and share students' observations. Extend student learning by creating ebooks using Book Creator, reviewed here, that include images of students' creations, text of their observations, and audio explanations of the STEM learning. For younger students, create a class book together. Older students can create individual books to share as part of your class's digital library.

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Halloween STEM Challenge - Bone Bridge - Feel-Good Teaching

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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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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 (30), holidays (163), remote learning (59)

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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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All About the Holidays - PBS Learning Media

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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer...more
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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer holidays. Each section includes short videos explaining the history of the holiday. Learn about holidays such as Yom Kippur, Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), Kwanzaa, Juneteenth, Father's Day, and many others! Each selection also includes links to standards along with additional links to supporting materials such as lesson plans or printable items. Not seeing a holiday you want such as 100 days of school? Use the search bar at the top!

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for teaching material during holidays throughout the year. For each holiday use a bookmarking site such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share lesson materials, videos, and game sites for your students. Instead of worksheets or written reports, enhance student learning by asking them to create infographics sharing information about any holiday. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, is a very easy to use tool that includes pre-made templates. Don't keep student learning to yourself, share their knowledge through holiday podcasts for your entire school and community to hear. Spotify for Podcastors (was Anchor), reviewed here, features many kid-friendly tools to get you started with creating and sharing podcasts.

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The Halloween Collection - PBS Learning Media

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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 (47), halloween (30), macbeth (8), preK (259), salem (6), shakespeare (93), sound (73), 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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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 (30), holidays (163), musical notation (35)

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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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Lesson This! - Lesson This!

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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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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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Shadow Light Productions - ShadowLight Productions

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Investigate the art of shadow puppetry through Shadow Light Productions. This is a commercial site featuring performances for school groups, community centers, or various events. Examples...more
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Investigate the art of shadow puppetry through Shadow Light Productions. This is a commercial site featuring performances for school groups, community centers, or various events. Examples of performances with traditional stories appear in written and video format. A commercial venture on this site sells DVDS of actual performances. Begin your study of shadow puppetry at this site. Detailed plans with standards include suggested objectives, strategies, equipment, materials, and resources for audio, video, and texts. These plans answer all your questions on how to use shadow puppetry effectively in your classroom. Examples of lesson plans and student performance give ideas for language arts classes. Some of the images (although appropriate) may appear scary to younger students. So please preview before you share with your class.
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Share some of this "puppeteer fun" on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Integrate into your Language Arts classroom to discover theme, plot, characterization, or myths and legends in a new way. Science classes can investigate the use of shadow and sound. Shadow puppetry is an easy way to incorporate several multiple intelligences. Easily differentiated plans for ESL/ELL and Gifted students to capture interest and motivate success. Use as an enrichment cluster, or after-school activity. Be sure to capture all your class creations on video and share on your class web site or blog.

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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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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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The Explorers' Graveyard - TeachersFirst

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3 to 6
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Combine writing, an explorers' study, and fall celebrations using this activity which asks students to compose an epitaph for an explorer of their choice. Writing and art opportunities...more
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Combine writing, an explorers' study, and fall celebrations using this activity which asks students to compose an epitaph for an explorer of their choice. Writing and art opportunities abound, and the end product makes a great display for parent-teacher conferences.

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Take advantage of this free and interactive lesson plan! Just be sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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The Interactive Raven - TeachersFirst

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Here's TeachersFirst's famous on-line presentation of Poe's classic poem, with notations explaining definitions and literary devices. Roll over words for definitions, literary devices,...more
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Here's TeachersFirst's famous on-line presentation of Poe's classic poem, with notations explaining definitions and literary devices. Roll over words for definitions, literary devices, and more.

tag(s): halloween (30), poetry (190)

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This is a great on-line independent study for students who need additional help with either vocabulary or poetic devices. Introduce the site on your projector (rollovers will not work on an interactive whiteboard), then have students work alone or with a partner to become acquainted with the full text of Poe's masterpiece, accessing definitions and literary devices on their own. Augment classroom technology use and challenge students to create their own dramatic readings of the poem using a tool such as podOmatic, reviewed here, or accompany their reading with illustrations using ePubEditor, reviewed here, where your can upload images and text and add audio.

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Chocolate- All About Chocolate - Field Museum

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4 to 8
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Suitable for Halloween, Valentine's, or any chocolate-covered holiday, All About Chocolate offers basics about how chocolate is made and an excellent collection of lessons in the "Educator's...more
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Suitable for Halloween, Valentine's, or any chocolate-covered holiday, All About Chocolate offers basics about how chocolate is made and an excellent collection of lessons in the "Educator's Resources" area (click at the right). Lessons delve into the South American cultures and environments in which the cacao bean grows. Students can explore chocolate's impact on the economies and environment of these countries, and can also examine chocolate's ancient cultural connections. Sweet!

tag(s): chocolate (4), halloween (30), south america (36)

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Take 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.

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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 (13), halloween (30)

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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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3 to 10
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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 (55), emotions (47), halloween (30), psychology (67), 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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