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These activities were designed to be used either as whole class activities or to be used by individuals who are gifted/talented and need differentiation or students who often or always complete their work before their classmates. Most of the activities reinforce language arts skills. All of the activities promote fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality. The twelve activities are:
1. ‘Trick-or-Treating Fun’ Words – Students identify words that can be made using letters in ‘Trick-or-Treating Fun’ . Students earn points for words and longer words earn more points.
2. Bone-chilling Idioms - Students can play an idiom card-matching memory game OR draw pictures of the literal meanings of idioms and then provide the actual meaning.
3. Bag-O-Treats Candy Quiz – Students use analysis, word knowledge and clues to identify popular candy treats.
4. Halloween Anagrams – Students unscramble words and phrases to identify a Halloween-related word.
5. Halloween Scattergories – Like the regular Scattergories game except all category answers need to be related, in some way, to Halloween.
6. Trick-Or-Treat Trauma – Students use critical thinking and creative expression to complete a Halloween cartoon.
7. Halloween Hink Pinks – Students use analysis, word knowledge and references (dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionaries) to identify rhyming word pairs that match a definition.
8. Thoughts About Candy Corn – Students use fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality to record their thoughts about questions related to candy corn.
9. Halloween Riddle Match – Students use critical thinking to match riddle questions to their answers OR play a Halloween riddle memory match game.
10. Halloween Category Sort - Students use fluency and flexibility to sort dozens of Halloween-related words into categories.
11. Happy Halloween Words – Students use analysis, reasoning, word and spelling knowledge to identify words that are “hidden” in ‘Happy Halloween.’
12.Halloween Listing - Students use fluency, flexibility, and out-of the box thinking to think of and list words that fit into Halloween-related categories.