There are so many special holidays that important for different reasons. My person favorite is Halloween. Not because of family traditions, decorations, or candy; just because of the energy and atmosphere of Halloween. The change in weather, the start of routine in the classroom, the fun decorations laden with puns. I love it all! Okay, I may like the pumpkin spice latte a little bit as well.
Room on the Boom
Have you read Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson? It is a great little story about a witch who is constantly making room on her broom for creatures and critters. Makes an easy tie to teaching/reviewing sequencing! If you are able to find it, there is also a Room on the Broom movie! It is about a half hour and we watched it on Netflix.
When students came in that morning, we were having a fall celebration and costume parade. It made this Room on the Broom activity even more entertaining! Students stood on a piece of green bulletin board paper (both hung on the wall and on the floor beneath them). I took a picture of them "flying on a broom". Be sure to ask them to leave "room on their broom"!
Students later used the app SuperImpose to edit out the green and replace the background with a bright blue sky. I printed the pictures for them to draw creatures and critters on their broom, but you could use other apps to have them create it digitally too!
To finish it off, the students wrote about who they would share their broom with and where they were flying to!
Pumpkin Seed Counting
What did we do with the pumpkin after carving out the seeds? We of course carved a Jack-o-lantern. Students voted on the type of eyes, nose, and mouth. We used it as an opportunity to count and tally numbers. Then, I carefully carved the pumpkin with 21 sets of excited eyes watching. I got a small battery powered push light from the dollar store to light up our Jack-O-Lantern when we were finished!
Spookily and Pumpkinhead
On the second day, we read Pumpkinhead by Eric A. Kimmel. We then used our iPad to take a picture of our pumpkin. Using the app, Super Impose, we layered the pumpkin head over a picture of our actual head. The kids got a kick out of it and it turned out really great.
What should my teacher be for Halloween?
Turns out those first grade teachers all went a little KOO KOO Kangaroo at that training! We all became members of GoNoodle's dance duo Koo Koo Kangaroo. It was a blast!
*Costumes were made using HTV vinyl and a Cricut :)