Spookley the Square Pumpkin Activities
This week our skill focus was recounting and determining themes of Fables and Folktales. Not exactly “Halloweenie”… so I dug deep into my Halloween book tub and found this PERFECT book!
Teaching Shades of Meaning with Spookley the Square Pumpkin
“Spookley was differentHe was oddHe was rare
Spookley the pumpkin wasn’t round-he was square!”
Retelling a Story with Spookley the Square Pumpkin
Understanding Theme with Spookley the Square Pumpkin
Halloween Writing Activity
Of course, no Halloween week is complete without a spooky story! For writing this week, I let the kiddos write their own spooky stories.
To keep us inspired, we listened to some kid-friendly spooky music.
I found this hour long music on YouTube.
I didn’t show the video, just let the instrumental music play as we wrote.
Halloween Costumes for Teachers
Friday was the busiest day of all!
First thing in the morning we had our traditional character parade.
Are you allowed to dress up for Halloween at your school? At my old school, costumes were a HUGE no-no around Halloween. But, my new school embraces the fun and does a HUGE Story Book Character Dress up day around Halloween every year.
Kids, admin, and Teachers go all out! Here’s a peek at some of the teacher costumes from this year.
This is my team as, “Where the Wild Things Are”. We won the “Team Costume” contest! If you can’t tell, I’m the bird!
I also loved our 3rd grade team’s “Inside Out” inspired garb!
They wheeled Sadness around during the parade!
Another great one was our fourth grade team’s classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
Halloween Activities for Second Grade
Coming back to class after that start to the day was def tricky. I kept the kiddos engaged with some fun “Not Spookey” themed fun!
We worked on inferring using pictures with this fun Monster House activity from my “Not So Spookey” Halloween Activities.
We also did a context clue hunt around the classroom using these sentence strips from my “Fall Days” Literacy Centers pack.
The perfect way to burn off some energy before lunch!
After lunch, we watched the animated movie of “Spookley: The Square Pumpkin” while enjoying some treats the class brought in. This gave me time to start taking down all our Halloween decorations from the month. #Teacherwin
I even made a point to leave right after school to attend this cutie’s Halloween Party at his school.
Just the look on his face when he saw me was enough! School has been absorbing so much of my time lately, he’s been spending waaayyyy too much time at school and not enough time with me! It was nice to just spend time with my chubby cheeks. #teacherproblems #teachermommy
Now, to relax and enjoy some of this Halloween candy… 😉
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