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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Halloween Classroom Activities and Games

October is such a fun month to be in the classroom.  Here are some pumpkin songs and videos, lessons and Halloween activities to use for language arts and math. 



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Your students will enjoy this Halloween song, "Pumpkin Pumpkin."

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Here is another Halloween video to help your students learn the basic shapes.



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Finger plays are a great way to introduce poetry concepts, following directions and fine motor skills to elementary and special education students. They also allow movement in the classroom, which research has shown brain breaks increase achievement. You will receive one free finger play for the students to read.

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ORANGE BREW RECIPE:

1 cup milk

1 cup water

6 ounces concentrated orange juice

10-12 ice cubes

1 teaspoon vanilla

Whip ingredients in blender until frothy.

Variation: Use ingredients to make popsicles.

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Click on the picture to enlarge, then right click to print this free Hallween dot-to-dot worksheet.

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There are many opportunities for students to practice visual discrimination.  Students may compare  different colors pumpkins and gourds or different types of candy.

For example, here is a set of 24 decorative pumpkins.  They are 2 inches in size and work great in Halloween math centers as manipulatives for counting and sorting.

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This printable Halloween worksheet is another way for students to practice visual discrimination.


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Here are 5 writing prompts to help get you started.

1.  Maddie saw the pumpkin glowing on the porch. However, it didn't have a candle in it!

2. Our teacher asked us to bring some Halloween decorations to school.  Jimmy brought the most unusual item.

3.  All the children were afraid to go to the house at the end of the street, everyone except Anna that is...

4.  It was a cold and dark Halloween evening, the children were going to a new haunted house.

5.  Our science teacher let us conduct an experiment to create a monster.

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These foam pumpkin decorations will be a hit in a writing center.  Have your students decorate a pumpkin, then write a story about its adventures!

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This fun ghost has so many possibilities in your classroom.  Hang it in a writing center to spark many creative writing activities.  Use it for easy and smooth transitions.  The teacher could hold him while walking around the room.  The students may give the ghost a high five when they are in their seats and ready to work!

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These rings would make great prizes.  However, in the past I used them in the sand table.  Set the timer and see how many each student can find.  Students must count and record their results. Students could also make a graph of all the results.

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Candy is definitely on the students' minds this whole month.  Board games teach so many essential skills from social to academic.  Candyland is a classic that everyone loves.

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More Halloween resources:

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