Halloween is right around the corner! When things like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, etc. come around, does anyone else get in a frenzy? The schedule is all crazy with school wide events, students are super jittery, and no one seems to be able to concentrate (us teachers included). Some teachers keep teaching like any other normal day, other teachers end up tossing their lesson out because everything is too crazy, and then there are those teachers who keep teaching content while managing to add some festive activities.
What has worked for me:
1) Use these crazy days as a review day
2) Keep teaching specific content but add on an incentive activity to keep students motivated until the end of class
Here is a quick, minimum prep, fun halloween activity that you can use with any content or skill review!
– White cups
– Orange ball
– Task cards of choice
(or add a math computation skill of your choice: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
– Tape task cards onto the back of the cups
– Draw in faces with a marker (or allow students to quickly personalize)
– Pair students up or place students in groups of 3
– The first student will “bowl”, count how many ‘pins’ they knocked over, and will choose one ‘pin’ they knocked over to solve
– Everyone in the group will solve to ensure accountability and practice
– If the first student solves and explains the problem correctly, they get all of the points
*Points: how many pins they knocked over*
– If the first student is unable to solve the problem correctly, they get no points
– Continue this process with the next player(s)
– The player with the most points at the end of the activity wins!Honestly, you can use this idea and change the actual activity to however you feel fit for your classroom!
Are there activities you do during these crazy festive days to ensure learning?
We would love to hear some of your ideas!