Promoting Literacy with Halloween Fun

Halloween is just 3 weeks away. Here are some ideas to promote literacy during
this Halloween season.

 

Halloween
Read-Alouds

  • Collect several Halloween books (picture books
    work well for this) and take turns reading scary parts in your scariest voices.
    Make this a voluntary activity. Appreciative listeners are welcome to take a
    more passive role. Need book ideas? Check out Monday’s
    book
    post
    .
  • Read a bunch of Halloween books and rate them
    with 1, 2, 3 or 4 stars. Consider sending your favorite Halloween books to
    school for a teacher read-aloud.
  • Record scary stories and/or Halloween family
    memories.

 

Pumpkin
Seed Math

  • One pumpkin: predict how many seeds and then count
    them. Who was the closest? More than one pumpkin: predict, count, and then
    chart the results.

 

Halloween
Science

  • Brainstorm and research scary animals and monsters (real and
    not-so-real). Click
    here
    for some ideas.

 

Scrapbook

  • Go to a haunted house or other Halloween-theme event. Take
    pictures and make a Halloween scrapbook, complete with captions.

  

Halloween
Cards and Bookmarks

Make cards for others – friends, relatives, neighbors… Scary
and/or funny is good! Ideas:

  • Copy or write your own poem on the inside.
  • Make thumbprint ghosts, pumpkins, witches… with
    washable ink or paint, and then draw on faces.
  • Fold a strip of paper, accordion-style and
    glue/tape on back of picture. Attach to inside of card so it pops out when the
    card is opened.
  • Make Halloween bookmarks. Include lots of
    Halloween words or scary sayings.

 

WEBSITES

Here are some websites that suggest Halloween activities.

I
Love That Teaching Idea 

My Life as a Spider  

Could also be cute cards.

Halloween Dress-Up Game

Remember to take pictures!

Sight Word “Boo!”

Maybe add a fun activity for every “Boo!”

 

FunSchool
Kaboose

Halloween 

This site provides a variety of online Halloween activities.

 

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Halloween

What a fun site! I spent a lot of time exploring.

 

PBS for Kids:

Halloween

Stories and activities based on PBS kid shows.

 

These are just a few of the many ways you can promote reading and
learning at home while enjoying Halloween. Next week I’ll have more.

 

Does your family have fun Halloween activities? Share them in the
Comments Box!

Gail


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