It is a holiday many of us fear as teachers. There are so many differing opinions on this holiday. What is and is not appropriate to teach? And then there is all that candy!! I’ve put together this group of resources, tips, blog posts and more to help you get through this spooky day. So grab your pillowcase and Wonder Woman mask, and come along with me! Just click on the pictures to go to that activity.
From Susan Jones Teaching, I found this group of 3 math counting games ready to download and print for free. You will need to pick up a few things from the dollar store to make the most of these games, but would be totally worth it for something you could use year after year.
From Grade School Giggles, here is a free pumpkin seed counting activity. You will likely want to do some laminating to make these more durable, but then you will have them year after year. Great activity for Thanksgiving as well!
From SunnyDays, there is this super cute bump Bingo game. Basically, the kids roll three dice, add the sum and cover the answer with their marker. Just print and go!
From Keeping Up with Mrs. Harris, comes some great ideas for decorating your little pumpkins to look like your favorite story character. Some really clever ideas here!
From Special Needs for Special Kids (me ;)), I have a free cut and paste or tracing spelling free download to snag. There are 2 differentiated versions.
For your older students, grab these awesome word searches from Tracee Orman.
From Literacy Lattes, is a super fun and easy experiment you can do with all that left over candy corn. The directions are well explained and there is a free lab guide to download.
A Classroom for All Seasons, has this amazing free download that has some great spider activities!! A nice resource for Halloween without actually teaching about the holiday.
From Happy Hooligans, come this super cool (pun intended) experiment that combines fine motor and sensory experiences all in one activity. There is a lot to learn with this seemingly simple set up. Perfect for the upcoming spooky day!!
Art, Fine Motor, & Sensory
From Teaching 2 and 3 year olds, I included this activity to address that sensory component so many of our special kiddos have. I also like that is is fairly mess free and allows for a lot of independence. Finally, it in not dependent on strong motor skills. Accessible for every ability level.
From Grade School Giggles, comes this easy recipe for that all-favorite slime. Again, the directions give great tips to make this mess-free and really plays into those sensory needs. In addition, there are some free downloads to make the most of this activity by pulling in science, writing and more.
From Early Learning Ideas comes 7 fine motor bins you can easily set up for your classroom this month. There are also 2 tracing templates to download for free at the end of the post.