Halloween is celebrated on October 31st in many countries. Its origins date back to an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the end of the harvest season. In the United States, children dress up in costumes and go from house to house trick or treating and collecting candy. It is also a time of carving pumpkins into smiling and sometimes scary faces. People of all ages visit haunted houses, go to Halloween parties and have fun recalling mysterious events.
In the Math Lesson Comparing Pumpkins, students make predictions, analyze data, determine relationships and draw conclusions as they weigh and measure pumpkins of different sizes and shapes.
In the Poetry Lesson: Excerpt from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, students recall frightening nighttime sounds and create poems in the style of the poem “The Raven.” The mysterious life of Edgar Allen Poe and the chilling tale in his poem make this a perfect October lesson.