Halloween can make our kiddos all sorts of squirrely with excitement and anxiety. It can also give us TONS of opportunities to practice building language! Here are some ideas you can EASILY implement…
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We started by reading book about bats. We read the picture book, Stellaluna. During this story, we practiced labeling pictures and answering WH questions. We also read the non-fiction book, National Geographic Readers: Bats. This book helped us learn all about bats including body parts.
Then, we did the above extension activities. Students had to use the info from the books to help them request materials for the above craft and cooking group activity. For example, “I want 2 black wings.”
The cookie activity also helped us squeak in a math talk about whole versus half… WIN!
Interactive books are ideal for building language! You can target SOOO many skills with them!! In the Pumpkin Shapes book above, we target shapes, labeling, requesting and matching.
The Halloween interactive books we use to target descriptive language:
Extend the book by having students give you another way to desrcibe the pumpkin other than what the text says. I tell my kiddos I am trying to stump them. They L-O-V-E beating me… WIN!
Halloween can be exciting for our kiddos, but it can also be nerve wracking. Teaching the vocabulary and pictures associated with Halloween can help reduce anxiety and give students away to understand what they are seeing. It also gives theme a way to express their feelings or ask questions about Halloween. We do these vocabulary tasks with every theme unit. This example is from our Halloween Unit.
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