EEEK! This time of year always gets me so excited. Not only because my favorite holidays are right around the corner, but also because we are finally in the swing of things at school. Routines down? Check. Learning happening? Check. Having fun? Check. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be “brewing up great ideas” with the help of these spooky (and super educational, might I add!) activities. The first thing we’ll be brewing up are some OUTSTANDING writers! I found this cauldron at Party City for a couple bucks and had some green packaging peanuts leftover from a package. I tossed in these cute writing prompts I made (you can grab them HERE!) and a ladle to help inspire them during writing time. I know my students will love “serving up” a writing prompt at Work on Writing. I can’t WAIT to introduce this fun little activity to them this week.
We’ll also be writing “spooky” stories using these journal prompts and completing these “Spooky Draw and Writes.”
Another fun activity we’ll be completing are these “Boo! Guess Who!” sheets. They will have to read the text and circle the words that help them figure out the mystery animal, object, or character. Then, they’ll draw a picture to
solve the mystery!
I differentiated these a bit to help meet the many needs in my class. The pictures are provided here to help students make a choice based on the text clues.
After reading some October-themed books, we’ll be using some of the reading strategy organizers in this packet to help us. Two of my favorite books to read to my kids during the month of October are Bone Soup (a spin on Stone Soup) and Where’s My Mummy?
We’ll also be reading non-fiction texts all about bats and spiders! We’ll be using these K-W-L charts and Can-Have-Are charts to help us organize our writing.
We’ll also be doing a little “How To” activity using ordinal words by writing How to Spook a Monster. Afterwards, we’ll complete this cute monster craft. Last year’s group FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS ACTIVITY.
I am finally introducing my students to Word Work this week (FINALLY!). I KNOW they’ll be hooked after seeing these activities there. One simple activity I prepped for them were these “All Tangled Up” words. Students will look at the words in the web and then write them in ABC order on their recording sheet. We’ll also be doing some Wicked Word Building using the words “October” and “Halloween.”
In math, we’ll be reviewing the different kinds of word problems we’ve learned by going on a “ghost hunt.” For this activity, I will give each student a flashlight and set them free on a hunt around the classroom to solve word problems. We’ll also be doing a little analyzing of data through surveys. So fun!
We’ll end our October-themed activities by doing a little analyzing of data with this fun scarecrow glyph! I know my kids will eat this up!
All of these activities are aligned with the Common Core! If you already own this packet, be sure to go re-download it to grab all of the new clip art changes! You can find ALL of these activities, including the crafts in my Boo to You packet. Just click HERE or on the preview below. They are 20% off until midnight!
Want JUST the crafts? Click HERE or on the preview below.