I’m a huge fan of celebrating holidays in the classroom, but still incorporating academics! These are my five favorite Halloween classroom activities that I use with my fifth grade students, but you could totally use these with any upper elementary class.
1. Haunted Homophones
My kids STRUGGLE with homophones every year, so this is a standard that I throw into our activities whenever I can! These spooky task cards have students correctly complete the Halloween-themed sentences in order to solve a riddle! These are great practice and my kiddos love the fun sentences.
2. Halloween STEM Boom Cards
STEM and technology?? Count me IN. My kids love Boom Cards and honestly, so I do I because they are absolutely zero prep, self-checking, and SO engaging. For this set of Boom Cards, students use the digital building blocks to build something in each spooky picture. Each card has a different background and prompt. Students just drag and drop the blocks to build their creation! Click the picture below to play through some for yourself.
3. Math Practice Boom Cards
Anytime I can mix celebrating the holidays and some common core standards, I’m so down. I throw several sets of themed Boom Cards into my Halloween classroom activities to have my kids practice those oh-so-important math standards at the beginning of the year! I use a deck for Multiplying Multi-Digit Whole Numbers, and Multiplying and Dividing Decimals by Powers of Ten.
4. Spooky Verb Tense Board Game
Verb tense is another one of those standards that seems to sneak up again and again in fifth grade. So of course, my Halloween classroom activities wouldn’t be complete without some spooky verb tense practice. This one is super simple – just print the game cards and board game, throw in some Halloween themed mini erasers (because let’s be honest, I know you still have some from last year) and call it a station!
5. Halloween STEM Challenge Task Cards
An oldie but goodie for sure. I have these STEM building challenge task cards to go with every holiday and my kids still never get sick of them! I usually do these in a station with a big bin of Legos (here’s an affiliate link to my favorite deal!), but you could also give each student an individual container of Legos or building materials and do it individually! I am always so impressed with my kids’ creativity. Click the picture to snag a set!
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