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October 26, 2018

3 Fun Goosebumps Activities for Your Classroom

By Scholastic Editors
Grades 3–5, 6–8

    For students who love suspenseful stories filled with creepy creatures and monstrous mutants, there's no series with more thrilling tales than the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. Since the first book was published in 1992, the Goosebumps books have kept even reluctant readers coming back for more, and they're a great resource for teachers to engage their students in developing reading and writing skills. Here are three Goosebumps activities that you can use in your classroom, and if you don't have these stories in your classroom library yet, check out some of our favorite Goosebumps books here.

    1. Create a Haunted Mask

    The Haunted Mask features two chilling stories in one about best friends Lu-Ann Franklin and Devin O'Bannon, and a frightening Halloween mask that won't come off! After reading the story with your students, encourage them to create a special mask using this Haunted Mask printable or their own design.  

    2. Design a Pumpkin

    Halloween brings out plenty of creatively carved pumpkin and Goosebumps books have plenty of characters to inspire your students to design their own! Using construction paper and crayons, engage your students' in designing jack o'lanterns that feature their favorite Goosebumps monsters. You can even give them a printable Haunted Mask stencila Goosebumps logo stencil, or a Goosebumps title stencil to add to their pumpkin design or to take home to carve an real pumpkin with their family.

    3. Write a Spooky Story

    R.L. Stine's suspenseful style of writing has inspired generations of students to try their hand at crafting their own scary tales. Read a Goosebumps classic such as Welcome to the Dead House with your students, then check out these five quick ideas to help them reflect on the key story elements that make the book so engaging. After a classroom discussion, have your kids pick up a pencil and write down their stories!

    If your students still can't get enough Goosebumps, you can find more stories for them to read on this list of favorite Goosebumps books for your classroom library.   

    For students who love suspenseful stories filled with creepy creatures and monstrous mutants, there's no series with more thrilling tales than the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. Since the first book was published in 1992, the Goosebumps books have kept even reluctant readers coming back for more, and they're a great resource for teachers to engage their students in developing reading and writing skills. Here are three Goosebumps activities that you can use in your classroom, and if you don't have these stories in your classroom library yet, check out some of our favorite Goosebumps books here.

    1. Create a Haunted Mask

    The Haunted Mask features two chilling stories in one about best friends Lu-Ann Franklin and Devin O'Bannon, and a frightening Halloween mask that won't come off! After reading the story with your students, encourage them to create a special mask using this Haunted Mask printable or their own design.  

    2. Design a Pumpkin

    Halloween brings out plenty of creatively carved pumpkin and Goosebumps books have plenty of characters to inspire your students to design their own! Using construction paper and crayons, engage your students' in designing jack o'lanterns that feature their favorite Goosebumps monsters. You can even give them a printable Haunted Mask stencila Goosebumps logo stencil, or a Goosebumps title stencil to add to their pumpkin design or to take home to carve an real pumpkin with their family.

    3. Write a Spooky Story

    R.L. Stine's suspenseful style of writing has inspired generations of students to try their hand at crafting their own scary tales. Read a Goosebumps classic such as Welcome to the Dead House with your students, then check out these five quick ideas to help them reflect on the key story elements that make the book so engaging. After a classroom discussion, have your kids pick up a pencil and write down their stories!

    If your students still can't get enough Goosebumps, you can find more stories for them to read on this list of favorite Goosebumps books for your classroom library.   

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