Halloween 2015

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THOMAS & FRIENDS: There's Always A Good Explanation Activity

THOMAS & FRIENDS: There's Always A Good Explanation Activity. It is important for early learners to remember that there is always a sensible explanation for things that appear scary. Use this Thomas & Friends lesson to help early learners realize when their imagination might be causing this fear, and a strategy to help them reduce their worries.


PBS LearningMedia.

PreK-K.

Sid the Science Kid: Halloween Spooky Science Special.

Sid the Science Kid: Halloween Spooky Science Special. Using this resource group, students learn about Halloween related science topics. The kids investigate how bats are helpful creatures that catch mosquitoes, spiders are expert engineer web builders, cats are leaping aerial acrobats, and skeletons help hold up our bodies! At the Halloween party, the kids also investigate how to make icky, gooey green slime. Susie then ends the day with a special "Halloween Parade" song so the kids can march around and show off their spooky and scientific costumes!


PBS LearningMedia. Media Gallery.

PreK-1.

Super Why! Pig Pumpkin

Super Why! Pig Pumpkin. Watch as the Super Readers figure out a way to get the pumpkins back for the Halloween party using spelling to build the word PUMPKIN. Viewers can join Alpha Pig as he sings the alphabet song and then identifies the letters necessary to make the word PUMPKIN!


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

PreK-1.

Happy Halloween! Peg + Cat

Happy Halloween! Peg + Cat. Peg, Cat, Richard, Ramone and a real tiger go trick or treating in the neighborhood. Peg divides the treats along the way to make sure that no one gets more and no one gets less. Teach kids how to evenly distribute items by counting, adding, and dividing.


See Also: Tiger Trick or Treat. Peg + Cat. Peg, Cat and Richard meet a REAL tiger when they are trick or treating. They hide from the scary tiger in a tree, but their treats are still on the ground. Will Peg solve this problem? You bet! Help kids to count and use their problem solving skills.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

PreK-2.

Music Video: "What's So Scary?"

Music Video: "What's So Scary?". Susie asks, "What's so scary about cats, bats and skeletons?" Listen as the kids investigate how bats are helpful creatures that catch mosquitoes, spiders are expert engineer web builders, cats are leaping aerial acrobats, and skeletons help hold up our bodies!


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

PreK-2.

A Halloween Party

A Halloween Party. Engage students with interactive stories, songs, and hands-on activities with their favorite PBS characters. With a read along and sing along that make Halloween not so scary, a gooey green science project, and a strategy for dividing and sharing candy, this collection of curriculum relevant media will make your class Halloween party the best ever!


PBS LearningMedia. Storyboard.

K-2.

Start Each Day with a Song: What Will You Be?

Start Each Day with a Song: What Will You Be?. A song about the various costumes that you can wear for Halloween—like a pumpkin, a witch, or a bat. Its focus is on vocabulary rather than the holiday itself.


Discovery Education. Song.

K-2.

A Very Brave Witch

A Very Brave Witch. One Halloween, a little witch decides she'd finally like to see what this special night is about. As soon as she makes a new friend, she discovers how much fun trick-or-treating with humans can be. Narrated by Elle Fanning, with music by David Mansfield. A part of the Weston Woods series.


Discovery Education. Video.

K-5.

By the Light of the Halloween Moon

By the Light of the Halloween Moon. Join the fun as a brave young girl, who would rather play a trick than be gobbled up as a treat, is the star of this spirited romp under an old wooden bridge by the light of the spooky Halloween moon. Narrated by Sherry Stringfield. A part of the Weston Woods series.


Discovery Education. Video.

K-5.

Spooky Favorites

Spooky Favorites. Songs on varying subjects, for example: 'Five Little Pumpkins', 'If You're Scary and You Know It', 'Which Witch is Which', 'Twelve Days of Halloween', and more.


Discovery Education. Songs.

K-5.

Haunted Texting | The Electric Company

Haunted Texting | The Electric Company. The Electric Company aims to entertain children between 6 and 9 while simultaneously teaching the following four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers: Decoding, Vocabulary, Comprehension of Connected Text, and Motivation.


PBS LearningMedia. Video collection.

1-3.

It's Halloween Night - Fizzy's Lunch Lab

It's Halloween Night - Fizzy's Lunch Lab. The vegetables sing a song about how to have a healthy Halloween night! With tips like brushing your teeth often and eating one piece of candy a day, kids will learn how to enjoy Halloween without a big stomach ache.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

1-4.

Halloween | All About the Holidays

Halloween | All About the Holidays. Halloween hasn't always been about candy and costumes. Take a look back at the historical traditions about spirits that are the basis for this holiday. You're in for a treat!


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

2-6.


See also: Halloween Vocabulary Word Search | All About the Holidays

Spooky Math: Using Familiar Operations to Solve Problems

Spooky Math: Using Familiar Operations to Solve Problems. Presents Halloween-themed math problems that involve adding decimals, subtracting decimals, multiplication, and division.


Discovery Education. Video.

3-5.

America: Facts versus Fiction: Trick or Treat

America: Facts versus Fiction: Trick or Treat. Unveils the surprising hidden facts about the origin of Halloween and debunks the myths surrounding America's most mysterious writer: Edgar Allan Poe.


Discovery Education. Video.

6-12.

Frankenstein, MD

Frankenstein, MD. From PBS Digital Studios comes a brand new, modern re-telling of Mary Shelley's classic tale: Frankenstein, M.D. Follow along as Victoria Frankenstein and her assistant Iggy explore human anatomy in this innovative look into biological pseudo-science. Even though the tale is fictional, many principles of research, anatomy, and scientific discovery are as real as ever. Dive in to the 22-part series and explore the monstrous creations of Victoria Frankenstein.


PBS LearningMedia. Video Collection.

7-10.

The Zombie Autopsies

The Zombie Autopsies. These original lessons build upon each other, using the undead to teach the living about the brain. The lessons follow an accompanying plot line where the world is fighting a zombie apocalypse and the best and the brightest young people are being trained as medical students – with a specialty in neuroscience – with the hopes that they will be able to provide a cure to this terrible epidemic and save humanity.

Although the materials are organized as a unit, lessons can be used as stand-alone or can be shaped to fit the needs of you and your students regarding time and content.


PBS LearningMedia. Lesson Materials.

8-12.

Supernatural Shakespeare and Macbeth | Shakespeare Uncovered

Supernatural Shakespeare and Macbeth | Shakespeare Uncovered. In this lesson from Shakespeare Uncovered, students will explore how William Shakespeare uses supernatural elements inMacbeth. (This lesson is best used during a reading of Macbeth.)



PBS LearningMedia. Lesson Plan.

9-12.

War of the Worlds - A Grave Announcement

War of the Worlds - A Grave Announcement. Shortly after 8 p.m. on Halloween Eve, 1938, the voice of a panicked radio announcer broke through with a news bulletin reporting strange explosions taking place on the planet Mars, followed minutes later by a report that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Learn more with this excerpt from American Experience: "War of the Worlds."


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

9-12.

Frankenstein Part 1 | Crash Course Literature #205

Frankenstein Part 1 | Crash Course Literature #205. In which John Green teaches you about Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein (video one of two). You'll learn about the Romantic movement in English lit, of which Frankenstein is a GREAT example, and you'll learn that Frankenstein might just be the first SciFi novel. Once again, literature comes down to just what it means to be human. John will review the plot, and take you through a couple of different critical readings of the novel, and will discuss the final disposition of Percy Shelley's heart.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

9-13+.


See also: Frankenstein Part 2 | Crash Course Literature #206

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