Sunday, October 21, 2018

Halloween Literacy Activities

Halloween literacy activities are great for the month of October.   This adorable unit is based on the book Bone Soup and includes games and writing activities that are sure to scare up some great writing with your students! 

Bone Soup is a story is about a little goblin who comes into town and tricks everyone into giving up all their goodies (eyeballs, toenail clippings, bones, etc) to make his soup.

It's a great book for sequence of events and also creative Halloween writing!  What kid doesn't like a book about eyeballs and toenail clippings?

Before you get started, grab a witches hat and create a spooky atmosphere with a few dollar store halloween toys and spiderwebs! And of course, read the story in your creepiest witches voice....

After you read the story, create a chart, using shared writing, of things the you would put in your Bone Soup.  I told my firsties that I wanted to make Bone Soup and asked them what I should put in it. They helped me come up with all sorts of creepy ideas!

Next, it's time to create your own Bone Soup recipe.  We practiced writing a sequence of events using the temporal words first, next, then and last. 

Finally it was time for some Halloween creative writing as the kids created their own Bone Soup recipe.  They each had a turn at reaching into my cauldron and choosing some creepy ingredients! They made a cauldron craft and completed their own recipe, making sure to use adjectives in their recipe.  

I put their recipes on display and made it into a mini halloween station for the rest of the week.  My class can visit it during center time and create Magic Potions, write in our potion book or play some other spooky math and literacy games!

If you'd like to do this activity and so much more with your kiddos, take a look at my Bone Soup Halloween Unit.   Your students are sure to have a spook-tacular time with all of these fun activities!