10.24.2010

Spook Your Space

With Halloween just a week away, it's time to kick your spooky spirit into full gear. If you are teaching about or celebrating the haunted holiday this week, check out these easy thematic ideas to put on the finishing touches.
Tricia-Rennae is sharing these adorable candy corn place cards courtesy of Shy Socialittles party shop.  Although these are intended to clarify where guests should sit at dinner, without the little feet, these smiling candies would be great as name tags.  Punch holes in the tops, and these could be strung into a fun and festive garland.  Also, you could cut each candy shape in half to create any sort of matching game.  One side could be a capital letter while the other shows the lower case, or one side could have a word beginning while the other has an ending.

Once the scene is set, enjoy Dav Pilkey's The Hallo-Weiner, a story about making friends and Halloween fun.
This story is silly and fun, and it makes a great read-aloud.  While the moral unfolds, students will enjoy Pilkey's colorful and comical illustrations.  Adult readers may also enjoy this story which includes a classroom full of dog students whose tie-wearing dog teacher is reading a book called "Dogs Who Hate Fleas and the Fleas Who Love Them." 

After the story, visit The Hallo-Wiener page at Pilkey.com where you can find a quiz for the book as well as a coloring page, a word find, a crossword puzzle, and a promise that two more books featuring Oscar the dachshund will be coming out soon.

Images from Tricia-Rennea and Pilkey.com.

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