Halloween Vocabulary Task Cards for ELLs and Mainstream Students (Print Version)

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Use these task cards to learn or review 20 vocabulary words that symbolize Halloween. The 3 differentiated versions make these task cards especially suitable for English Language Learners at lower proficiency levels in upper elementary and middle school and other students will also enjoy using them.

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* If you prefer, this product is available in a slightly different version as a Google Drive resource. You can find it HERE.

* This product is included in a bundle with 2 other Halloween resources that saves you 20% off the cost of purchasing them separately: Halloween Activities BUNDLE with Task Cards, Word Searches and Crossword Puzzle

Resource at a Glance:

What will students learn?

20 vocabulary words related to the holiday.

Who is it for?

All students, including English Language Learners at high beginning language proficiency levels and higher who are not familiar with the holiday.

How does it help teachers?

Use it to introduce vocabulary about the holiday so students understand other activities that may be going on in school and the community for Halloween; the task cards can be used for homework, in centers, as fillers, and for early finishers.

What educators who have used this resource say about it:

♥ "Great for esl" -- A buyer.

♥ "Awesome resource! Can't wait to use this in the fall!" -- Kailah A.

♥ "My fourth graders enjoyed these." -- LoveKids

Full Description:

These task cards include 20 common Halloween words, come in 3 different versions for varying levels of language ability, and include black-and-white versions for all 3 sets of task cards:

* One version consists of task cards with a picture and a 1-sentence description followed by a "Who am I?" question and 3 multiple-choice answers.

* The second version includes just the picture on the task card, with the word for the image next to it on a separate card; this version is aimed at lower proficiency ELLs and younger students who are learning to read.

* Another more challenging version has the same questions and pictures but not the possible answers; instead, it asks students to identify the key words that helped them find the answers.

Words included: apple, bat, broom, candy, cat, cauldron, cemetery, coffin, costume, ghost, jack o'lantern, moon, mummy, pumpkin, skeleton, skull, trick or treat, vampire, witch, zombie

The task cards can be used independently, in pairs, or in small groups. Answer sheets for students and an answer key for teachers are included.

You can use this resource remotely in 2 ways:

a) When teaching synchronously or asynchronously online, decide which version of the task cards you want to use (or mix up the versions) and explain the task. Display the task cards one at a time and give students time to write their answer; alternatively, you can send the task cards to students and they can do the work on their own. Have students send you their answers and use the answer key to assess them. Or ask students to share their answers if you’re using a platform that allows you to do that.

b) For students to do on their own: Photocopy the task cards you want your students to use and the appropriate answer key (if you want students to correct their work themselves) and send the material home. Tell students what to do and have them send you their work when they’ve completed the assignment. Use the rubric to correct the work if doing that yourself.

Use these task cards to teach about Halloween, to review vocabulary, to practice identifying key words in sentences, to promote cooperative learning, as a reward, or just for fun!


What you get in this product:

★ A table of contents for easy reference (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher page with explanatory information (1 page)

★ A list of the ELA Common Core standards addressed by this product (1 page)

★ Three versions of the Halloween task cards in color (20 pages)

★ Three versions of the Halloween task cards in black-and-white (20 pages)

★ Two versions of the student answer sheet (2 pages)

★ One answer key for teachers (1 page)


You might also like these holiday resources:

Halloween Word Search and Crossword Puzzles: Print & Google Drive Versions

Thanksgiving Math: Fraction Task Cards for ELLs & Mainstream Students

Color-By-Number: Winter Holiday Math & Language Arts Activities

Winter Holidays Task Cards: Facts & Grammar Review

Multilingual Happy New Year Signs


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


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