October is a long month and it can sometimes feel like a struggle getting through it. But don’t worry because I’ve got some engaging activities that will make you hallo-SCREAM for JOY! Your students will have a faBOOlous time and your class will create memories that’ll last forever. Of course there will be tons of learning – witch is the whole point – so let’s get into these spook-tacular ideas!
Howl ‘Bout an Experiment?!
There’s a debate on what’s the best use for candy corn in my classroom- is it for eating or immediately throwing away because it’s ‘gross’? I’ve settled the debate by using it for experiments! Our littles become scientists, observing and recording information using the scientific method to see what happens to candy corn when you dissolve it in different liquids. THIS activity lets them explore what happens when they drop them in soda, water, oil, and vinegar but you can use other liquids you have on hand! It’s also an exclusive freebie so be sure to check it out!
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Books to Go Batty Over
Halloween read alouds are a BOOtiful way to add some spooky fun into the month of October. There are so many amazing books dedicated to this holiday and I’ve compiled a list of my FAVORITE ones! Go ahead- live on the FRIGHT side with these awesome books that your students will ahhhhh-bsolutely love!
- The Legend of Spookley
- Room on the Broom
- Where’s My Mummy
- Creepy Carrots, Creepy Underwear, and the NEWEST… Creepy Crayon!
- The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything
- Are You My Monster?
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Forget Trick or Treat- Let’s Craft and Creep!
Of course you’ll need some scary good crafts to go along with all those read-alouds! From ‘cranky’ crafts to adorable bats, your students will LOVE writing about Halloween. Check out some of the great crafts below:
If I’m creepin’ it real, this Crankenstein themed pack is actually great for practicing way more than just comprehension! This October, practice some important literacy skills such as adjectives, making predictions, and more. I know your students will LOVE getting a little cranky!
Engineering A Spooktacular Challenge
Bringing the engineer out of my students is always a sure fire way to make them a be-leaf-er in themselves! This pumpkin catapult challenge is so much fun and such a great way to build perseverance, while practicing collaborative learning among your students. They’ll learn all about levers, potential and kinetic energy as they construct catapults and then get some measurement skill practice in when calculating the distance their candy pumpkins travel after being launched. Check it out HERE!
Wands at the Ready!
Throw a little extra magic into activities with some invisible ink! Simply write in white crayon on THESE activities and set them up for students to enjoy. They will LOVE seeing the magic while working on important skills! Students can practice spelling words with paint or conjure up some potions that reveal magic words with a marker! Check them out below!
Even if you don’t do all the crafts, games, and experiments, there are some easy ways to insert some tricks and treats into the classroom this month. Witch fingers are perfect for instant engagement when you give them to students to track words while reading during small group time. Throw in a spooky voice during read alouds and they will enjoy the story so much more. Bring in a giant skeleton hand for buddy reading and watch them go! Mini erasers aren’t just for erasing- throw some Halloween themed ones into math lessons as manipulatives and everything is more fun! Check out THIS hands-on resource to practice number sense through 10 that is a perfect addition to your math centers and stations for the month of October!
Want all the fun with none of the stress? You’ll love the jam packed Halloween bundle found HERE! Want to learn about some of my favorite Halloween themed math and literacy centers? You can learn about those HERE! And of course there’s no tricks, just treats over here so treat yo’ self with this freebie! To thank you for subscribing, check out this unbeLEAFable fun Dissolving Candy Experiment activity to help you enjoy all the spooky vibes!
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