Introducing a NEW Halloween Video, the song, and TONS of Halloween literacy materials for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade.
When you unzip this giant file, the first product you'll see is a link to the NEW Halloween video, which you can stream online or download. This song is intentionally mellow & school-friendly. I gave away the ending in the preview because I want to make sure you know it's fun & safe for the classroom. Halloween may be scary ... But Superdog saves the day!
Next you'll see the matching 86-page Halloween Common Core Literacy packet.
You'll also get:
1. An mp3 version of the "Halloween Fright" song.
2. Two Halloween poems, in full-color and black-and-white, that combine to make the final poem--which is also the SONG. Children learn step-by-step how to create their own versions of all three. Directions can easily be adapted for pre-K, Kindergarten, first, and second grade children. (My third graders actually enjoyed all these activities too!) Use in whole-class activities, small-group instruction, and for independent reading time.
3. Three Halloween-themed literacy centers.
4. Reproducible Halloween pictures to use for puppets or illustrations, in full-color and black-and-white (24 each).
5. Halloween-themed coloring pages, writing templates, shape books, and stationery. Choose from lined or unlined Halloween stationery pages.
6. Two bonus files that include other versions of the Halloween poems, optimized for a projector and for printing. (115 additional pages).
7. Two bonus "karaoke" versions of the song, optimized for singing and for raps--Along with lots of ideas to get you started.
8. Lots "extras" like a cute "Happy Halloween" sign, a Halloween selfie template that looks like a real cell phone, the famous "Five Little Pumpkins" Halloween poem, and a section called "10 More Ideas" that includes directions for making "Witch's Brew" & more.
Your Halloween Literacy packet can be used to teach the following Kindergarten Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.5 Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems) ... Your children will recognize and write their own Halloween poems!
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7 ...Describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear ... The pictures in these Halloween poems directly correlate with the words. Children also match Halloween illustrations to their own words while writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding ... Halloween poems and prompts are a fun way to get children excited about reading and writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1a Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page. ... As children read Halloween poems, the learn to read from left to right, and from the top to the bottom of the page.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1b Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by a specific sequences of letters ... Use Halloween poems with Interactive Whiteboards, display onto a screen, or use Halloween printables in small groups. Teach children to point to words as they read.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1c Understand that words are separated by spaces in print ... Halloween poems make teaching and learning this standard fun!
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes) ... Teach children to clap the syllables in each line, and to break down sounds of various words. Children can also clap syllables in their own Halloween poems.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2a Recognize and produce rhyming words ... Name rhyming words in my Halloween poems, and help children to create rhymes in their original Halloween poems.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.4 Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding ... Use the repetitive Halloween poem to teach this standard.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing
or speaking ... Discuss conventions used in my Halloween poems, and in children's original Halloween poems.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1a Print many upper- and lowercase letters. Children will have fun writing Halloween poems as they practice writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1b Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs ... As part of this Halloween literacy packet, children will brainstorm Halloween nouns, coupled with related Halloween verbs.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2a Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I ... Discuss capitalization as children read and write Halloween poems.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2b Recognize and name end punctuation ... Discuss punctuation as children read and write Halloween poems.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2c Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds ... Discuss letter sounds as children read and write Halloween poems.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2d Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships ... Discuss letter-sound relationships as children read and write Halloween poems.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) ... This standard becomes relevant as children brainstorm all the things that Halloween characters might do.
Your Halloween Literacy packet can be used to teach the following First Grade Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events ... The pictures in these Halloween poems directly correlate with the words. Children also match Halloween illustrations to their own words while writing. Use poems as starters when creating original Halloween stories.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.1 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print ... Discuss features of print while reading and writing Halloween poems.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.1a Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence ... Discuss these features as children read and write Halloween poems and stories.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3d Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word ... Ask children to count syllables in each of my lines, and to count syllables in their own Halloween poems. My advanced Halloween poem works best with 4 syllables per line--but encourage children to use their creative licenses to make the poems their own!
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3e Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables. Children will be studying the number of syllables in each line (usually 4) as they read and write their own Halloween poems. Discuss syllables in individual words at this time.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3f Read words with inflectional endings ... Many words in the Halloween poems contain inflectional endings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3g Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words ... After reading Halloween poems, say, "What do you notice?" Encourage children to point out interesting spellings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension ... Repeated reading of familiar texts is the best way to teach this standard. Repeating these Halloween poems for fun, in Reader's Theater, and for purposes of coming up with original ideas is a great way to engage students while promoting reading accuracy and fluency.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding ... These Halloween poems include grade-level text. As you create original Halloween poems and stories, discuss interesting verbs and adjectives to expose children to nuances in the language.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1c Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop) ... Use these Halloween poems as a starting point. Make a list of singular vs. plural versions, eg, werewolves howl/the werewolf howls.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1d Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns ... Make a list of Halloween-themed phrases similar to the one described in L.1.1c.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1e Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future ... Again, create a list of Halloween-themed phrases. Children can use these in Halloween poems and/or stories.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2d Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words ... As you read the Halloween poems, ask children, "What do you notice?" Encourage them to point out interesting spellings, and discuss those patterns.
Your Halloween Literacy packet can be used to teach the following Second Grade Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words ... As you read the Halloween poems, ask children, "What do you notice?" Encourage them to point out interesting spellings. Use this as an opportunity to discuss spelling patterns.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension ... Repeated reading of familiar texts is the best way to teach this standard. Repeating these Halloween poems for fun, in Reader's Theater, and for purposes of coming up with original Halloween poems and stories is a great way to engage students while promoting reading accuracy and fluency.
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Enjoy this Halloween literacy packet. I hope you all have a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!