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Spooky Cool Activities for your Students
Now that Halloween is upon us, and a blanket of snow has greeted us, we can think about activities to do while we're in classrooms and can't be outside. There are several ways that we can incorporate technology into a Halloween-themed lesson. We can do this with designing pumpkins, or shifting a regular classroom activity to include pumpkins. Each of the lesson ideas below can be quickly inserted into lesson plans to celebrate the day, all the while still adhering to aligning with certain standards for the curriculum.
PBS Kids Halloween
The PBS Kids Halloween collection has some terrific Halloween-themed lessons, activities, and interactives for students.Most of the activities are geared towards students who are PreK-5, but there are some that could be stretched a little further. From math activities to lessons on the origin of Halloween, this site is a neat one to check out for quick activities.
Build a Pumpkin in Google Slides
My favorite activity to do for Halloween is the Build a Jack-o-Lantern in Slides activity developed by Eric Curts. For this activity, students are presented with a blank pumpkin and a text box on the first slide. Then, on the next few slides, are parts that can be used to design their pumpkin. Once finished, they can write about their Jack-o-Lantern, by giving it a name, a personality, and maybe even telling you why their pumpkin is designed the way it was! This activity is great for all levels. I even had much success with it in my 7th grade classes last year!
Halloween Magnetic Poetry
A cool game to play to review several different math concepts is Halloween Math. In it, students can select from the four major math components: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Once selected, students are presented with a math problem on the screen. They are to then use the arrow keys to move a ghost left or right to catch the correct pumpkin (number) in the bucket. However, stay away from the bats that fall, so you don't decrease your lives! This would be an engaging "finish early" activity for students to try!