Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Halloween Activities for Fifth Grade ELA

I love holidays! 
Every October, I get so excited for the approaching holiday season and immediately start searching for activities for my 5th grade ELA classroom. Unfortunately, there just aren't enough standards-based holiday activities out there for the middle grades. Most of these activities would require me to temporarily interrupt the rigor in my classroom, and I just don't have the time to do that.

So, this year my colleague and I create two activities that will allows us to continue to meet the learning needs of the students and the academic demands of our district. For a limited time, you will be able to purchase both in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for a discounted price! Check them out!

 This packet includes everything you need for one 120-minute close reading lesson. Since teachers often need to take off around Halloween to attend the Halloween activities of their own children, it also includes four different substitute teacher lesson plans. The students will participate in a reader's theater activity, reading independently, complete guided practice, and take an assessment about an original  short story. The story is about two wizard sisters, so Halloween isn't actually the topic. Thus, you should not infringe on students' beliefs.

This packet contains a spelling list of synonyms for scary. Students will both practice spelling while expanding their vocabulary with synonyms for this overused word. Once again, this activity does not directly refer to Halloween in an effort to avoid offending students' beliefs. 

Please share any other Halloween products you have found to use in your middle grades classrooms!

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