The spooky season is upon us!
It’s fun to have a day full of decorating pumpkins, making “scary” finger puppets, or cutting out haunted house pop-up cards, but how can you celebrate Halloween with the spirit of learning?
We have some of our favorite activities to share!
Pumpkin Math Investigation
This is a great hands-on math activity perfect for Halloween.
You'll need enough small pumpkins for each small group in your class and an extra for yourself (OR if scooping out pumpkin seeds is too messy, you can replace each pumpkin with a brown bag full of store-bought seeds). You also need to print out these free activity sheets!
- First, do a demonstration of the activity. Get your own pumpkin or brown bag. Have them guess and record the number of pumpkin seeds.
- Take out the pumpkin seeds on a plate, and have your students estimate the number of seeds on their plates.
- Then, count the number of seeds using the different grouping mats. Model how you can use the number mats and add leftovers.
- Record the total number of seeds on the provided chart. Have a discussion by comparing the estimations and the total amount of counted seeds. Ex. 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 +10 + 10 + 7 = 127 OR 100 + 20 + 7 = 127
- Now, it's time for your students to do the same thing in small groups! Give around 4-5 kids a pumpkin or bag and have them repeat everything you did.
Have your students learn about rectangles, squares, and triangles while crafting bats!
You'll need a free downloadable template: Geometric Bat for Younger Kids, black and orange construction paper, scissors, glue, and googly eyes.
- Use the template shapes to cut out the pieces from black construction paper.
- Follow the design on the download to glue the pieces onto the orange piece of construction paper.
- Glue on googly eyes.
- Hang your bats around the class.
- Let the discussion questions be the beginning of a great conversation about sizes, angles, and decomposition of shapes!
Creepy Crawly Spider Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will have your kids learning all about spiders!
All about spiders
Start by sharing what everyone knows about spiders.
- You can dedicate a board with the headings "know" for what the class knows about spiders and "wonder" for what questions they have about these arachnids.
- Each statement or question can be written on a post-it note that is posted onto the board.
Homemade spider art
Learn how to draw spiders and their 8 legs. You'll need black construction paper, markers, white glue, and chalk pencils.
- You can help the class by first drawing your own spider on the whiteboard. (Time to bring out the artist in you!)
- Give each student a black construction paper and marker, so that they can make their own spider or 2. When they are done with the outline, have them fill in the spider, including the legs, with the glue.
- Before you can move on, the glue spiders will have to dry. Once they dry completely, make rainbow backgrounds on the construction paper!
- You can draw lines with different colors covering the paper. Coloring over the spider is fine because the glue layer makes it easy to wipe clean later.
- For a cool smokey effect, smudge the colors with a tissue to blend.
- Get a white crayon to draw a spider's web over the pastel background.
Facts & opinions
Teach your students about the difference between facts and opinions about spiders.
- Prepare a list of individually cut spider facts and opinions on sheets of paper to distribute in class.
- Take turns reading a sentence aloud and have your students write down in their notebook an "F" or "O" as their guess.
- After, put your students into pairs so that they can cut out the spider facts and opinions and sort them correctly on another sheet that has a fact side and opinion side.
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