Halloween Reading Activities

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Halloween is a fun time for kids, and we can bring that fun into the classroom to help our students learn. Check out a few of these ideas for Halloween reading activities you can use in your classroom.

Halloween Reading Activities

Halloween is a fun time for kids everywhere, and there's no need to leave that at home. It's possible for students to learn what they need to in school, while taking part in Halloween themed activities. This is a great way to harness the excitement your kids might be feeling, and put it to practical use. Here are a few ideas for reading-specific Halloween activities.

Halloween Fact or Fiction

There are a lot of ideas about the meaning and history of Halloween floating around, and many of them are not actually true. Since there is a constant push these days for students to read more nonfiction, Halloween is a perfect opportunity to do just that. Provide your students with reading material that discusses the history of Halloween, and its significance to different groups of people. Then students can test their knowledge by completing a truth or fiction worksheet, checking boxes to say whether a particular idea about the history of Halloween is real or made up. Alternatively, you can have groups of students complete presentations about particular facts or myths.

Halloween Books

There are a lot of books that would be perfect for Halloween. Practically anything in the genres of horror or thrillers fit perfectly with the holiday, and there are books appropriate for all ages. You could use it as an opportunity to study a classic like Frankenstein, or you could introduce fun favorites like the Harry Potter series. If you pick the book carefully, and find something truly exciting, you might see your students exhibit far more interest in reading than perhaps they normally do.

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