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Time-saving Resources for Halloween

Time-saving resources early in October are just what teachers need to plan ahead for the Halloween season!

Let’s face it! Elementary-age students love Halloween and you are going to need resources read-to-go to get you through this month! I can help with that. I have STEM Challenges, reading comprehension sets, and Boom Cards that will be an easy grab for you!

STEM for Halloween- students design a Creepy Maze, a Pumpkin Lifting Elevator, or a Pumpkin Candy Launcher. Detailed teacher’s guides will help you gather materiasl and have your students building fabulous Halloween designs.

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STEM Elevators

STEM for Halloween- students design a Creepy Maze, a Pumpkin Lifting Elevator, or a Pumpkin Candy Launcher. Detailed teacher’s guides will help you gather materiasl and have your students building fabulous Halloween designs.

This challenge started as a way to lift a tiny pumpkin. My original idea was to use a small gourd-type pumpkin but I could not find any.

So, I used these plastic pumpkins instead. I found them at Dollar Tree and have used them for several years now. They were not heavy enough so I added sand. You could also add water.

The challenge is to rig a device that will lift the pumpkin and carry it back down safely.

This challenge works perfectly at other times of the year!

Haunted House Maze

STEM for Halloween- students design a Creepy Maze, a Pumpkin Lifting Elevator, or a Pumpkin Candy Launcher. Detailed teacher’s guides will help you gather materiasl and have your students building fabulous Halloween designs.

My students really love this. They love all mazes but decorating one with Halloween items just makes it more fun. We call this our Creepy Maze!

You can make these inside a gift box or use a box that soft drinks come in. Both are a great size.

I bought the Halloween decoration at Dollar Tree and we used a rolling eyeball to get through our mazes.

The challenge is to make a maze with turns and dead ends.

Pumpkin Candy Launchers

STEM for Halloween- students design a Creepy Maze, a Pumpkin Lifting Elevator, or a Pumpkin Candy Launcher. Detailed teacher’s guides will help you gather materiasl and have your students building fabulous Halloween designs.

This annual event is one my older students look forward to. They love building the launchers and then firing those candy pumpkins.

We set up cups to knock down with the pumpkins and also have competitions for the longest distance.

I buy the candy at Dollar Tree. One tip is that you will need to re-supply teams as they use those candies. They soften from being held and will get lopsided!

No Prep Print and Read Passages!

Halloween Reading Passages! The resource includes 4 reading passages and a magazine page featuring more Halloween articles. Each passage has comprehension questions. Highly engaging!

This informational reading set is perfect in the days leading up to Halloween. The passages are in two reading levels and one page is a magazine style article page.

The focus of my sets is on using text features. Each passage has basic comprehension questions. It’s a fun set.

Just Print and Read!

Spooky Task Cards featuring Spiders

Are you ready for a nonfiction reading adventure with spiders? Grab this Spiders task card set that features a magazine-style format with text features and comprehension questions. The highly-engaging articles are all about spider's classifications, venomous vs. poisonous, the daddy-long-legs spider, spider sizes, and more. Your students will love this set!

Here is a perfect alternative for reading nonfiction. This amazing set of Spiders Nonfiction Text Features Task Cards has a four-page magazine-style ending set with tasks.

Use these with a game of Halloween scoot and award students those little plastic spider rings when they complete the task cards!

How about Halloween-themed BOOM Cards?

This set of Boom Cards features 40 cards to practice these fourth-grade multiplication skills. These digital self-checking Boom Cards are such a great way for students to practice many forms of math- especially when the cards are decorated for a favorite holiday!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halloween-Decimals-Grade-5-Boom-Cards-Distance-Learning-5943596

Have you tried Boom Cards yet? This is an amazing interactive way to use task cards. Students use personal devices or classroom computers to access a deck. They solve a problem and click through to the next one. If an answer is incorrect they immediately get a buzz to let them know.

I have two sets for each grade (3-5) in a Halloween theme! These would be perfect in the last week leading up to Halloween Day!

I hope I have given you some ideas to get through this busy, fun month of October. Getting a head start on Halloween is always a great idea! (Click on any of the images to see these resources in more detail!)

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Skeleton Escape Room –Students complete three tasks finding clues to open locked boxes. The resource includes a “paper” locking system you can try instead of boxes with real locks. After escaping, students will design a Robotic Hand with the STEM Challenge included in this resource.
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