Halloween is on it's way. Are your students starting to get excited? I've definitely noticed that the level of noise in my classroom is increasing this week.
Right now we're working on Communities and Responsibilities in Social Studies, because I like to hold off on doing Halloween activities until "the week of" to avoid the over stimulation. Luckily Halloween falls on a Friday this year: the best possible scenario!
One of the grade one teachers in our school always organizes rotating Halloween centers for us on the morning of Halloween. We have 6 primary classes this year, so that means blocks of about 25 minutes. Last year I decided to use my time with each class taking a group Halloween picture that I emailed to their teachers who forwarded them to the parents. Then we did "Looking for Dracula" by the fabulous Charlotte Diamond, which I used to have on tape but now have on iTunes. I love doing it and the kids always enjoy it too. I found a video on You Tube:
During the week leading up to Halloween this year I made a set of survey questions and a graphing activity to go with them to put into my Math centers. The kids always love doing surveys and I made a back-to-school set like this that we did in September and it was a huge hit.
When we did it in September I had quite a few kids ask if they could do more than 1 survey. To me that is the hallmark of a good classroom activity; they enjoy it so much that they want to do it again.
Click here to see it in my store.
I'm looking forward to seeing all the great ideas that will be popping up on teaching blogs this week and next. I'll be back with a few more of my own, too.
Here is a link to a Halloween freebie in my store. It's a pack of pumpkin frames and writing papers.