Celebrating Halloween in the Classroom? Keep it Simple!



Halloween in the classroom can be a CrAzY time, so I am so glad you stopped by. I am going to be sharing a few helpful ideas and FREEBIES to help with your Halloween celebrations in the classroom.



My best advice is to KEEP IT SIMPLE!

In my experience in First Grade, it is best to celebrate within your predictable routine.  We already know our children are beside themselves with excitement.  By enjoying fun Halloween activities in the regular structure of the day, your students get to celebrate, but things are less likely to slip over the edge into chaos!

A Literacy Center perfect for the week before Hallowe'en! 

The week of or before Halloween, I intentionally choose word wall words with the "oo" sound so I can review the two sounds these letters make.  I use this quick little activity in my centers for the week.  Just sign up below to grab the FREEBIE!

Practice the OO sound with this FREE clip card set for OO as in Boo and OO as in book


Next up, some Halloween Art, with a little math thrown in! 

Who doesn't love to do Halloween Art projects!  We created paint chip Frankenstein's using green paint chips from the hardware store! The students love this one, so I will be doing this craft every year.  This is a great low-cost craft that really showcases each student's creativity.

All you need is: 

  • Paint chips from the paint store.  I have used 3 and 4 colour paint chips.
  • Scrap paper to make the eyes, teeth and bolts.
  • A sharpie to add stitches.  


Make a Frankenstein using a a paint chip and construction paper

A fun math activity we did as a tie in was to count the "stitches" on Frankenstein's face to see how many he has  Before making the stitches, we talk about how stitches look just like tally marks to 5.  After finishing, they skip count the stitches to see how many stitches their Frankenstein has. 

I have several Halloween books that pair perfectly with this craft.  One of my favourites is:

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And finally, a Halloween Math Freebie for good measure!  

In math, we will be using my Halloween patterning center this week to revisit patterning. As a special thank you for stopping by, you can grab this Math Center FREEBIE to use with your students. Students will look at each card and determine if it shows a pattern or not and then place it on the sorting mat.  I have also included a recording sheet so students can record their work as they go. Click on the picture to grab it.

Use this FREE patterning center to practice identify patterns and non-patterns.


Wait, There's More! 


Are you looking for ideas for your Literacy block for Halloween too?  I have you covered there as well.  Check out this post for Halloween poems for sight words that are perfect for Kindergarten and first grade. 





Now make your way to the next blog for another great tip and freebie!  Click on the ghost below to head to the next blog.  




Thanks for stopping by!  

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    1. You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by. Christina

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    1. He is pretty cute. I can't wait for this class to make them.

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  3. Love the paint chip Frankenstein and the patterning activity. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. My students have enjoyed the patterning center as well. Thanks for stopping by! Christina

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  4. Thanks so much for the patterning freebie :) Loved it so much that I pinned it!
    Hugs!
    Michelle

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    1. Thanks for pinning it Michelle! We had a lot of fun with the center as well. I am glad you stopped by! Christina

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  5. Paint chip art? What a fantastic idea! Thanks!
    -Lisa
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    1. So simple but yet so cute! Thanks for stopping by. Christina

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  6. Great ideas! Happy Halloween and Blog Hop :-) Bryn

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    1. Thanks Bryn! Happy Hallowe'en to you too! Christina

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  7. How cute is that Frankenstein???!!!!!! Great post and freebie! I'll be using it with my kiddos for sure! Thanks so much!

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    1. I hope they love making them. I can't wait to see my first graders expressions when I show them what we are making. Thanks for stopping by. Christina

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  9. Your Frankenstein is adorable - I went and got some paint chips last night so that we can make them this week!!

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    1. That's great to hear. I hope your students love making them too. Thanks for stopping by. Christina

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  10. I just love your Frankenstein! He's too cute! Thank you for all the wonderful tricks and treats! Loved reading your post!

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