This ultimate list of Halloween resources is here! We all know that during this time of year our calendars are completely full, and students get oh-so excited about every single holiday that will occur in the next few months. I try to embrace the crazy and enjoy the season. However, I never want instruction or learning to suffer, so I love using resources that can be used to allow students to have fun in a purposeful and educational way.
This post includes a list of my favorite Halloween inspired resources that you can use in your upper elementary classroom. Hopefully these ideas will inspire you as they did me!
Halloween Math Centers
Students LOVE these 4th grade Halloween math centers and 3rd grade Halloween math centers that are great for reinforcing math concepts taught in the first quarter of the school year. The activities were designed to be used as centers that can be organized with file folders or any basic container or storage device. I like to attach each center activity title page to the outside of a file folder and attach the center’s directions on the inside of the file folder and laminate the folder. The only prep needed is to print the task cards and/or recording sheets, laminate, and place the cards inside the corresponding file folder, and you’re ready! If you want to see more you can check out these blog posts: third grade centers or fourth grade centers.
The Day After Halloween
I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the only days more challenging than Halloween is the day AFTER Halloween. There is nothing quite like a room full of children who’ve eaten nothing but candy over the past 24 hours. I’ve heard many teachers say that November 1st should be a school holiday, and I think that sounds like a great idea! I don’t see that happening anytime soon, so I’ve tried to find ways to go with it rather than fight for my students’ attention all day. You can see each of these activities on TpT here or you can see each of the included activities on this blog post.
This Halloween resource has been updated and includes a Google Slides version for distance learning! This is included with the original file.
October Word Problems
These October Weekly Word Problems are one of my favorite Halloween resources. There are four weeks with of word problems and word problems are broken into Monday through Friday segments. There are three word problems for each day of the week, and on Friday students write their own word problems. I use these every day of the year, and they make a HUGE difference. When I have students solve these, I require them to write the equation they used and to reference the answer, rather than just writing a number. This forces students to think about the problem and its meaning. I have a third grade version and a fourth grade version.
This has also been updated and now includes a digital version!
Halloween Choice Board
This Halloween Choice Board resource is different from my Halloween centers, because this is designed to be finished in a day or two, and it doesn’t include ANY task cards or prep work. Some years I let students complete one activity a day, and other years I give students a choice board and they complete three activities in a row or column.
This resource is more geared toward third grade than fourth grade, but you can make it work for almost any classroom. Each of these lessons has been updated to Google Slides as well.
Creative Thinking / Creative Writing
While I prefer teaching writing through writing workshop, I occasionally like to give my students creative thinking or creative writing prompts. I use this for a little extra, not my actual writing instruction. You can print these as a booklet, one page at a time, or display them on your projector. You can just click here to download your prompts for FREE! I always like having options, so I thought the task card version might be helpful for you too. You can download the task card version here.
Halloween Resources Add-On to Centers
I’m really not sure how to title this one! I’ll share the back story, and try to keep it short. I’ve moved from my traditional format of centers to using a booklet format. I love the format and the ease of use, but I really missed my seasonal activities. I recognize that we don’t all teach the same thing at the same time of year, so I didn’t want to replace any set of centers with seasonal centers. Instead, I’ve added a Halloween option to one set of math centers. That way you can use the Halloween edition or you can totally skip it and only use the original. I’ll share more about the original version very soon, and give a quick overview of the Halloween edition here.
As with the other centers in a booklet format, everything can be copied into a single booklet. This way students don’t need to keep up with recording sheets.
You can also use this resource digitally! There is a combination of Google Slides and Google Forms.
Activity 1-Candy Corn Division
This is a great way to review the concept of division. Students take a set number of candy corns and partition it equal into either equal groups or into groups with equal amounts.
Activity 2-Spooky Recipes
In this activity students receive a price list of ingredients for spooky recipes. They use the price list to answer multi-part word problems. This is definitely challenging for students, but they always enjoy this task.
Activity 3-Picture Puzzles
These are also in my number sense booklets, which you can read about here. Of course, this set is a little more challenging and has a Halloween theme. You can see how students work with larger numbers in these puzzles.
Activity 4-Haunted Math
This activity is similar to the game of Clue. Students use deductive reasoning and thinking about 10 and 100 times the value of numbers to determine who stole the candy from the Halloween party and where they hid it.
Activity 5-Costume Shop and Activity 6-Fall Festival
Both of these activities are problem solving activities that don’t include any task cards or special materials. It requires a lot of application, and students won’t be able to determine an immediate answer. That often frustrates students, but this problem solving is so important for them.
Activity 7-Halloween Logic
These are so helpful for students-fun too! If they’ve never done anything like this before, you’ll definitely want to model how to complete a few together. Otherwise students will be quite confused. However, once they see what to do, they can quickly catch on.
Activity 8-Geometric Haunted House
I can’t wait to have some finished pictures for this activity! In this center students use various geometric terms to create a haunted house. I included a separate page of grid paper that students can draw their house on, as well as example images of each geometric term.
Activity 9-Three Act Task
This is such an awesome and thought provoking activity. I especially love the fact that the Google Form won’t let students move forward without estimates and sharing what they know and need to know.
Center 10-Sweet Math
Students can use actual bags of candy-I highly recommend empty bags-for the activity or use online nutrition fact sources. Students use the information to solve word problems (many multi-step) about the nutrition facts.
Activity 11 & 12-Fall Festival
The final activity takes a little more time to complete than the other activities, so I combined this into two rotations. In the task, students design a fall festival where every booth must have a set perimeter or area. After completing the booth outlines, students can decorate their festival.
You can find these centers here.
You’ve Been Booed
There’s absolutely nothing academic about “booing” classes, but this is something students will remember forever and look forward to every year. To do this, you’ll need some type of basket or container. Place some type of treat or goodie in the basket. You could add candy, silly straws, erasers, pencils, stickers, wikki sticks, spider rings, or anything fun. Just make sure you have enough for each student that will be receiving it. Place the goodies, direction sheet, and We’ve Been BOOED sign in the basket and SECRETLY deliver the basket to another classroom. You can place it outside a classroom door or place it inside a classroom while the teacher and students are away from the room. The class gets to keep the treat, and then it’s their job to replace the goodies with something different. Then, it’s their turn to boo a different classroom. Once a class has been booed, they should place a We’ve Been BOOED sign on their door, so everyone can have the chance to get booed. You can download You’ve Been BOOED here.
This should be kept simple and not overly complicated to prevent creating stress!