How to Use Halloween Poems to Introduce Sight Words

Students love Halloween, so why not harness that excitement by using Halloween themes to teach in October.  I created a set of easy to read Halloween poems for sight words to teach and review sight words all month long.  These poems also help students work on their reading fluency!  I can target many skills at once, and they totally buy-in because of the Halloween theme.  

This post is part of a series organized by Rachael from the Classroom Game Nook Blog I am joining many other talented teachers for this blog hop full of Teaching Tricks!  What more could you ask for?  

My trick is to use Poetry to introduce sight words.  It is an excellent way for students to see the sight words in context, and the content is short and sweet.  I keep the poems quick and easy to read so that they are ideally suited to beginning readers in first grade.  You can use the poems to work on reading fluency and visualizing as well, so you get more bang for your curriculum buck!

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, I use this set of sight word poems.  We use them on the Smartboard and in the pocket chart to get in lots of review.

Have students circle the sight words in the poem - the ones you are introducing and ones that are already on your word wall.  The Black Cat poem is available in my Free Halloween Poetry Sample Pack.  You can find it {HERE}

Create a cloze activity with the sight word poem so students can identify missing sight words in context.

Turn the poem into a cloze activity and have your students figure out the missing sight word to make the poem make sense.

Provide independent practice with the poem by having students read the poem, identify the sight words and answering a comprehension question.

Use this worksheet and the others included to review so many skills:

  • reading the poem
  • finding the sight words in context
  • visualizing and drawing a picture that matches the poem
  • comprehension - each poem has an "in the text" comprehension question to answer. 

You can find this poem and 6 others in my poetry pack by clicking on the image below or by clicking here:

Halloween Poems and Activities for Sight Words 

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Until next time,


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