Susan Riley | October 2018
Halloween Grab Bag for Teachers
Teacher friends…that special day is almost here. Halloween! And whether you love it or dread it, we have a grab bag of goodies just for you. These lessons, articles and tips will make your Halloween fly by faster than if you were on a broomstick.
Looking for a lesson to try with your students that highlights the day but doesn’t go overboard? Try these:
Thrilling Information – Who doesn’t love a little Michael Jackson throwback? For grades 2-3, connecting E/LA and Music.
Macabre Stories – This one works with the classic symphonic poem Danse Macabre. For grades 2-3, connecting E/LA and Music.
Musical Notation – This festive lesson combines musical notation and observational drawing skills. For grades 6-8, connecting Music and Art.
Masking Mirrors – Dias de los Muertos is a significant cultural event for many students. This lesson for grades 6-8 connects Social Studies and Art.
IDEAS AND ACTIVITIES
Sometimes, you don’t need a whole lesson. Maybe you just want a few new activities to try. These should do the trick:
Halloween Internet Scavenger Hunt – What’s more fun than a scavenger hunt? Combining it with Halloween and Internet Searches.
TASK Parties – If you’ve never tried a TASK party, now is the time to start. Students create art and collaborate at the same time.
22 Fun Halloween Classroom Games – This list from WeAreTeachers is a combines creativity and learning that will get your students talking for days.
Monster Mash – Check out this high school activity connecting tech with visual arts from our friends at Edutopia.
Halloween Jokes Cootie Catcher – For our younger students (pre-K and Kinders), this is a fun activity to make this scary day a bit lighter.
Of course, any special day in school means a test to your classroom management plan. Here’s some tips to help keep calm and carry on:
Creative Movement as Classroom Management – This is especially helpful when our students seem to have lots of energy they need to release.
How to Keep Your Students Calm and Focused – One of our favorite authors, Michael Linsin, shares 4 easy but powerful tips for managing your classroom during holidays and special activities.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have a favorite Halloween lesson or activity? Share it with us in the comments below!