By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki
Halloween is a great time to bring fun into school, as well as at home. Kids of all ages are captivated by costume days, school parades, Trick or Treat Street-type community service events, and of course, candy galore.
But while your students will probably be hyped up on sugar for a few weeks, Halloween also presents some terrific opportunities for learning.
Start with a video history lesson about Halloween from the History Channel, which explains the origins of the elements of this odd holiday – masks, bonfires, jack-o-lanterns, witches, bonfires, cemeteries and begging for treats.
Then check out the other lessons and activities in Curriki’s Halloween Collection. They include:
- Celebrate Halloween – Students research information on Halloween, create masks or costumes from a text they are reading, or write a narrative essay describing their best Halloween ever.
- Halloween Story Starters – A list from Scholastic of Halloween Story Starters.
- Halloween Logic Puzzles – students use a Halloween scenario to think logically.
- Learn about the Salem Witch Trials, either in a history lesson or through an examination of Arthur Miller’s classic play The Crucible.
Last but not least, embrace the spookiness and spend some class time haunting your students by reading Edgar Allen Poe’s poem The Raven. Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
Trick or Treat!
Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience, and academic direction. Learn more at Curriki.org.