Whether you are an educator in a classroom, a parent homeschooling your children, or just a mom and dad wanting to provide their lessons to their kids, don’t let Halloween pass you by without using it as a teachable moment.
The haunted holiday can be included in lesson plans for every subject with a bit of creativity. Here are just a few tips for incorporating Halloween into lesson plans for the next couple of weeks.
Halloween is the second highest-grossing holiday in America (of course, behind Christmas). Part of the reason is the imagery behind the holiday. Anything mysterious, supernatural, or spooky is in demand during this holiday.
With that in mind, present students with a few lessons that deal with increasing their artistic talent.
- Carve an image into a pumpkin or any other sort of fruit or vegetable.
- Draw a Halloween poster that they believe would be a top seller on Amazon.
- For younger students, please take a few milk cartons from the lunchroom and have them create a haunted house out of them.
- Decorate a trick-or-treat bag to be used that night.
Is there anything better than a spooky story? Stephen King and many other authors have made a great living off of telling a creepy tale. Now it is the chance to have your students try their best to become frightful fiction writers. Present them with five writing prompts (if needed) and let them choose the one they will base their story on.
Ever wonder how Halloween got its start? Investigate this holiday with your children and see how Halloween began. Also, answer other questions such as “Is it celebrated the same in all countries?” and “Why do some people avoid the holiday entirely?”.
There are countless Halloween math lessons online for students of all ages. Whether you choose to do simple math with adding ghosts and pumpkins or figuring out percentages with colored Skittles, you will quickly have enough Halloween math lessons for weeks if you would like.
There are enough words associated with Halloween that you could easily come up with a spelling list of 30 words or more! Of course, you can adjust it accordingly to the age level of the children.
Kids love science experiments. Anything they can attempt in a hands-on activity, they will become excited. Have you ever experienced marshmallows expanding from the energy associated with heat? Or perhaps how to get specific items to glow in the dark? Both of these are fun little science experiments that kids enjoy. Try out this STEAM experiment on how to make your very own fizzy ghost from moon dough!
Have you always wanted to learn a Halloween song or how to play a spooky tune? Now is the perfect time to try. If you are unsure how to approach teaching a child because your musical skills are less than ideal, iAchieve provides tutoring for basically all instruments and age levels. If you would like, even take the music lessons with your kids either virtually or in person!