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Boo! Celebrate Halloween With These Literacy Activities

By Alina O'Donnell
 | Oct 31, 2017

Ghost ReadingIf you’re scrambling for creative ways to celebrate Halloween in your classroom, it’s not too late! The spooky storytelling games, bewitching books, and haunting history lessons on this list require little to no preparation and will guarantee a ghoulishly good time for all learners.

  • Scholastic’s Halloween Activity Set includes festive book recommendations and spooky writing ideas.
  • The National Education Association’s list of resources for grades 6–8 offers history lessons, read-aloud, poetry, and more.
  • The International Literacy Association's Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/R SIG) weekly book review column includes suspenseful and chilling tales.
  • Sadlier’s “spooktacular” resource roundup features reading comprehension worksheets, graphic organizers, and interactive read-aloud guides.
  • Education World offers storytelling and adlib exercises, writing prompts, discussion webs, and more.
  • Halloween coincides with the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Introduce the holiday’s history, tradition, and symbols with TeacherVision’s educational videos and related activities.
  • The Mexic-Arte Museum’s Day of the Dead Educational Activity Guide challenges students to complete a Mesoamerican World crossword puzzle, write a calavera poem, and reflect on their own rituals and observances.

Alina O’Donnell is the editor of Literacy Daily.

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