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October 1, 2018

Quick Halloween and Fall Ideas

By Eric Antuna
Grades 1–2, 3–5

    With Halloween coming around the corner, now is the time to use simple creative ideas to motivate students and keep them focused on their learning. Keep it simple, keep it academic and keep their attention!

    Teach nouns and adjectives using a Pumpkin Cinquain Poem

    IMG_1149A colleague mentioned using Cinquain poems – a five-line poem (cinq = five in French), usually with the rhyme scheme ABABB. We used this simple format:

    Line 1: a noun
    Line 2: two adjectives
    Line 3: three -ing words
    Line 4: a phrase
    Line 5: another word for the noun

    We decided to make Cinquain poems on paper pumpkins. We talked about the poems, then I did a quick mini-lesson on adjectives, -ing words, and what a phrase means. We traced the pumpkins on orange paper and wrote out the poem.

     
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    Teach the long vowel o using Ghoulish Ghost and the Looooooonng O!

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    Instead of just making a simple ghost and coloring it white, we discussed the vowel in the word ghost and wrote long o words in our ghost pictures. Simple, quick and fun. The kids wrote the words on the back of the ghost and made a ghoulish face on the front.

    Teach the long a using the Sneaky Snake and the Long A

    Another spin on the same idea is to make a snake with a train of long a words. I made a point to have them choose more words than the a_e pattern: they had to do at least one of each of the long a spellings. Then, after cutting it out, they told their partners their long a words in their most sssssnake-like voice! 

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    Scholastic Resources

    A great way to teach about health, attack reading comprehension, and brush up on writing skills this time of year is to use one of kids' most beloved fruits: pumpkins! Take a look at the scholastic.com Pumpkin Collection for resources and ideas.

    Now, we just need one to carve one or make it into a pie to eat!

    Happy Halloween Everyone! If you have more ideas, please share!

    Thanks!

    Eric

    With Halloween coming around the corner, now is the time to use simple creative ideas to motivate students and keep them focused on their learning. Keep it simple, keep it academic and keep their attention!

    Teach nouns and adjectives using a Pumpkin Cinquain Poem

    IMG_1149A colleague mentioned using Cinquain poems – a five-line poem (cinq = five in French), usually with the rhyme scheme ABABB. We used this simple format:

    Line 1: a noun
    Line 2: two adjectives
    Line 3: three -ing words
    Line 4: a phrase
    Line 5: another word for the noun

    We decided to make Cinquain poems on paper pumpkins. We talked about the poems, then I did a quick mini-lesson on adjectives, -ing words, and what a phrase means. We traced the pumpkins on orange paper and wrote out the poem.

     
    IMG_1162

    Teach the long vowel o using Ghoulish Ghost and the Looooooonng O!

    IMG_1194

     

    Instead of just making a simple ghost and coloring it white, we discussed the vowel in the word ghost and wrote long o words in our ghost pictures. Simple, quick and fun. The kids wrote the words on the back of the ghost and made a ghoulish face on the front.

    Teach the long a using the Sneaky Snake and the Long A

    Another spin on the same idea is to make a snake with a train of long a words. I made a point to have them choose more words than the a_e pattern: they had to do at least one of each of the long a spellings. Then, after cutting it out, they told their partners their long a words in their most sssssnake-like voice! 

    IMG_1129

     

    Scholastic Resources

    A great way to teach about health, attack reading comprehension, and brush up on writing skills this time of year is to use one of kids' most beloved fruits: pumpkins! Take a look at the scholastic.com Pumpkin Collection for resources and ideas.

    Now, we just need one to carve one or make it into a pie to eat!

    Happy Halloween Everyone! If you have more ideas, please share!

    Thanks!

    Eric

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