Sometimes with all the chaos of a school year, we might forget to enjoy the little things. Seasons and holidays can be one of those things that bring you joy like pumpkin spice scented plug-ins or classroom Halloween decorations. Why not enjoy the season and grow your students, too?
But Halloween excitement can challenge any teacher, as they watch the rigor and structure they created in the beginning of the year begin to wane. How can you maintain a learning environment without skipping all the scary fun? Here are some ideas that will keep you smiling in ghoulish delight!
Reading comprehension. Close reading in small group requires multiple readings of a single text over the week. Why not use some seasonal material there? You can provide differentiated reading materials about bats, zombies, pumpkins, and mummies for any age level. After the reading the text in small group, you can use the same text during your writing block.
Foundational skills. Across multiple grades we need to teach the basics of cause and effect, how to determine vocabulary in context, main idea, and inferences. The same texts that increase fluency in small group build those core skills. Your kids will learn and grow from the practice and get excited about coming to your table.
Writing to texts. Writing to texts has become part of the day-to-day practice in ELA block. As you teach writing, use texts that focus on non-fiction articles about real life zombies, bats, and mummies. Texts can be compared (and compared and contrasted) to provide fundamental writing practice while keeping student interest high.
Math tasks. Engage your students while they build their capacity for solving challenging math tasks with some great Halloween math tasks on TeachersPayTeachers. Teachers always create the best materials for each other!
Cultural diversity. Our students are growing up in a world that exposes them to diversity at every turn. Engage students in rich and complex conversation about human zombies. What kid isn’t at least a little intrigued about a zombie apocalypse or real life zombies, especially at this time of year?
You’ll love the way your students’ brains will grow as you engage and entice them with Halloween-themed sources and you’ll bring some joy into your day. Do what makes you happy—and what grows your students. There’s no reason you can’t have it all!