HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES: FUN IN LEARNING

Like to have a Halloween themed display in your classroom? This free decorative banner will surely highlight your students' reading and writing activities during Halloween.

But before you scroll to the end to get this Halloween freebie - do stop and read all the fun activities your students can engage in during the week of Halloween.

Halloween themed classroom Display Banner


THE HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT:
There are so many activities that generate fun whilst learning and perhaps one of my favorite is the Halloween Scavenger Hunt - a superb activity that involves movement and also perfect to assign during the week of Halloween when kids are in a frenzied state of excitement.

There are 32 fact cards featuring information on Halloween. Students will need to read the information on each card in order to respond to the question on their recording sheet. This involves reading and comprehending effectively - a vital skill that all students need to possess in order to ace any English Language Arts standardized test.

What makes reading all the more fun is that each fact is presented on a single card - consequently, information is presented in manageable chunks and is not too overwhelming for the student.

Halloween themed classroom Display Banner

The fun aspect of this learning activity arises when students get to walk around the class trying to find the task cards in order to answer the questions on their recording sheets. My kids love this and it's interesting to watch them clipboard and pencil in hand, enthusiastically walking up and down the classroom trying to find the hunt cards.

If the learning goal is to integrate technology in the activity, I use the hunt cards that have QR Codes which when scanned provide students with the answers to the questions.

To make it more challenging, students need to make an educated guess prior to scanning the code for the response. Interestingly, they are still learning as they think, read and write their responses on the recording sheets.

 Halloween themed classroom Display Banner: HALLOWEEN QR CODE HUNT

EVIDENCE OF LEARNING:
After students have finished the hunt, they gather together on the mat and I project the cards on the interactive whiteboard.

We go through the responses for each question accordingly. Students assess their own work - this way they constructively re-think any incorrect responses.

Halloween themed classroom Display Banner: Halloween Activity: Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet Halloween themed classroom Display Banner: Halloween Activity: Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet

There are bound to be some students who will zip through the activity and finish all 32 questions - for these students you can assign the reflecting writing task, whereby they write 3-4 facts on a writing template of choice. This would make a perfect bulletin board display.

Halloween themed classroom Display Banner: Halloween Activity: Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet          Halloween themed classroom Display Banner; Halloween Activity: Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet            Halloween themed classroom Display Banner: Halloween Activity: Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet

Recording information on flipbook templates is also a favorite activity in my classroom.
Moreover, the assembled flipbook makes an impressive bulletin board display.

 Halloween themed classroom Display Banner: HALLOWEEN RESEARCH ON FACTS

Another favorite activity that my students enjoy is the Halloween creative writing story activity.
This is an interactive notebook activity and unlike the Scavenger Hunt that involves movement, it focuses on motor coordination and students' creative writing expression.

Students write out their stories observing the elements of a plot on the response template.

They choose a cover to glue over the response template and cut out the sections.

 Folding back the cut-out sections reveal the story below.

Halloween themed classroom Display Banner: Halloween Activity: creative story writing

This will be another perfect addition to the bulletin board display.
And finally, here is the colorful free Halloween themed banner that you can put up in your classroom and display students' work below.

Here's to your students having a fun memorable Halloween activity week in your classroom!

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CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage month in your classroom? This free decorative banner will surely highlight your students' reading and writing activities during Hispanic Heritage Month. The freebie is at the end of this blog post - but I hope you will stop and read some of the fun activities your students can engage in to commemorate the Hispanic and Latino Americans who have made significant contributions to all avenues of society.

Hispanic Heritage Month Banner

It would be enlightening for students to know all about the contributions of as many Hispanic and Latino Americans as possible, so reasearching facts to write a biography would be the best way to go.

Each student can choose to conduct research on their favorite Hispanic of choice. Students can use a research flipbook to document their findings. The templates cleverly scaffold each stage of the research writing process.


biography flipbook on Roberto Clemente
 biography flipbook on Roberto Clemente
                                           
Best of all text in the flipbook templates is editable, so you can modify to suit your learners' needs.

Hispanic Heritage Month


If you would like to link grammar to a social studies lesson, then the 'Hispanic Heritage Parts of Speech Scavenger Hunt' is a fun activity. Students read factual information on a Hispanic American and identify the part of speech (noun, verb, adverb etc ) of a given underlined word.

Hispanic Heritge Month

This serves a dual purpose in a way - not only are students assimilating information on a Hispanic American, but also the grammatical concept is being used in context.

Hispanic Heritage Month

And finally, what better way to display students' work but with an eye-catching decorative banner.

Hispanic American
Hispanic American


The bunting flags for this free banner may read: Hispanic Heritage Month or Hispanic Americans.  There are also decorative flags featuring 12  Hispanic Americans and their time period.

The 12 prominent Hispanic and Latino Americans featured in the bunting flags (in alphabetical order) are:
  • Anthony Romero
  • Bob Menendez
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Isabel Allende
  • Jose Feliciano
  • Loreta Janeta
  • Marco Rubio
  • Oscar De La Hoya
  • Rita Moreno
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Selena Gomez
  • Sonia Sotomayor
 
Click on the image link to access the Hispanic Heritage Month Decorative Banner.

Oscar De La Hoya


Wish you and your students a memorable Hispanic Heritage Month!

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