How to create a Halloween lesson in one hour or less
This week started badly. I worked last Saturday and therefore I took Monday off. I usually prep my lesson materials on Mondays. So on Tuesday morning about 6 a.m. as my husband left for work he reminded me that it was Tuesday not Monday. I thought about that and had a terrible feeling. Oh no! I hadn't done any prep for today's classes! I scrambled to get ready for work and came in 30 minutes early. I looked at the lesson plan for the week. Way too much stuff to do. So I adjusted quickly. Pulled some Halloween books and came up with a simple, no prep craft. This is what we ended up with.
We read What's in the Witch's Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt, Go Away! Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly and In a Dark Dark Wood by David A. Carter with our toddlers. Then we read We're Going on a Ghost Hunt by Susan Pearson, The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, and told the story The Ghost with One Black Eye from the CD Kidz Bop Halloween. To make the stories more fun we used the Big Green Monster puppet and a ghost puppet with one black eye. Luckily all of these titles were in my storage closet so they were available. If they were part of the library collection they would have been checked out for sure, like every other Halloween title.
Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum (stomp feet and clap hands)
See my fingers (hold up fingers)
See my thumbs (hold up thumbs)
Fee, Fi, Fo Fum (stomp feet and clap hands)
Good-bye fingers (hide fingers behind back)
Good-bye thumbs (hide thumbs behind back)
We used the finger rhyme Build a House with 10 Bricks but we built a "haunted house" and changed the last line to include a ghost instead of the wind.
Build a house with 10 bricks,
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 (place one fist on top of the other while you count, keep building as you go)
Put a roof on top (steeple hands over head)
And a Chimney too (straighten hands to form a square)
That's where the ghosts come blowing through! (blow & make ghost noises)
Two little pumpkins sitting on a hill (hold up fists, thumb up for the stem)