Halloween Writing Activities
There is no doubt about it- Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and it is not because of the costumes or trick-or-treating. It is about the colors, the season and the fun. Many teachers are not allowed to celebrate Halloween in the classroom, but as a teacher, I was fortunate enough to be able to do so. I was also one of those teachers that wasn’t going to make it all fun and games- there was learning to be done! Here are some of my favorite Halloween writing activities.
How to Carve a Pumpkin
My students loved this one and it always was good for a few laughs. 🙂
Print the two-sided template for each student.
As a class brainstorm and record pumpkin carving vocabulary such as cut, carve, hole, knife and hollow etc.
Also brainstorm and record a list of parts of the pumpkin such as skin, ribs, cavity, pulp and brains (fibrous strands) etc. See our post, Boy Mama: What’s Inside My Pumpkin for this information.
Then ask them describe how to carve a pumpkin using the prompts, “first,” “then,” next,” and “finally.”
On the reverse side, have each student draw a picture of what their pumpkin would look like once carved.
Note: Allow children to draw or write first- which ever works best for them. For boys, it is often better to have them DRAW first to help them organize their thoughts before writing.
Silly Halloween Sentences
This is a fun writing lessons that teaches students about using nouns, verbs and adjectives.
Print and cut the templates (1 set per team or pairs)
Using 3 bags, label one “NOUNS,” one “VERBS” and one “ADJECTIVES.” Use Halloween bags or decorate them as you wish.
Place the words into the corresponding bags (nouns go in the noun bag etc). Note: I colored coded the words with a dot in the corner so that they can easily be returned to the appropriate bags.
Divide students into pairs or teams.
Give each pair or team a set of bags and a template.
Have the members choose one word from each bag and write a silly Halloween sentence using their chosen words on the template.
When all sentences are done, have the students illustrate each page.
Then cut the template and staple into book form.
What Will You Be?
Have students write about their chosen Halloween costume. Ask them to describe what it will look like.
What’s in Your Bag?
Kids love writing about what kinds of treats they hope to get in their trick-or-treat bags! Before beginning this writing activity, brainstorm and record some names of treats they might get while trick-or-treating.
Also included: Halloween Roll and Write Game, Halloween Writing Paper and a Halloween Word Search.
Templates available at the following link:
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