We’ve been in full Halloween mode this week at school and my classroom has been full of witches, ghouls and superheroes!
It’s been a while since my last one of these as I’ve been busy with other projects (see here).
While my class were planning a personal recount, I reminded them that they must choose an extraordinary day with interesting events. One of my students raised her eyebrows in cynicism. When I asked her what was wrong, she said, “But extraordinary means extra ordinary, not exciting!” I could see her reasoning, but luckily the dictionary finally convinced her.
What did the witch teach? Spelling…
I find it amazing that an errant letter can affect your understanding of a sentence. For example, the ominous-sounding “She died her hair,” rather than the correct ‘dyed’. When we conducted interviews in pairs this week, more than one student wrote that my classroom was ‘wounderful’. Call the doctor!
Can you guess who I dressed up as this week for Halloween? I also donned the Wednesday Addams look but none of my students knew who she was, even with the clicks!
In a listening comprehension exercise, I read a long passage about buying glass lanterns from an underground cellar in Italy. It was descriptive and included the phrase, “the blue lamp was shaped like a fishbowl.” We unpacked the meaning of the simile as a class, then I drew a fishbowl on the board with a goldfish swimming inside it. One student exclaimed, “Fishbowls are yummy!” He meant fishballs, I hope.
In my classes, I like to set a magic password before taking the register. I tell the first person who comes through the door, and then it is their responsibility to share the word with their classmates as they settle down. It is an effective way for them to talk to their peers and they seem more focused having been set a mini task. As my classes have been coming in fancy dress this week, I set the word to “Boo!” As they responded to their names, I jumped up in fright depending on their delivery. One child, wearing a goblin mask, made me drop my register!
There’s so much room for activities!
I like to reward my class if they have been fully engaged in the lesson. I handed out Halloween word searches and crosswords for the final ten minutes as a (trick or) treat. My lower primary students were keen to know how the words could be arranged in the word search and if they needed to check words going backwards or diagonally. I replied, “Yes, the words can be any which way.” The children thought I’d said ‘witch’ and lost it. I’m glad they are now spotting puns on their own – it makes me feel proud!
Spooktacular Halloween jokes for kids
I’ll bring you more classroom curiosities in a fortnight. Until then, send me your teaching escapades in the comments.