We may take for granted that students know about Halloween, but imagine being new to the country and afraid to let your peers know you know nothing about this holiday.
The first plan discusses the holiday, including vocabulary. I always first elicit from students what they already know, and focus on what is new to them. With ESL students, I also try to tie in the new information with something familiar from their native countries. Students get to share information from their cultures, which means even the teacher may learn something!
Lesson 2 focuses on Halloween verbs. What do we do on Halloween?
Lesson 2 is short, and leaves room for a fun Halloween worksheet or arts and crafts activity. I have included one such worksheet. It is a recipe for a healthy Halloween snack that students have to put in order using simple sequence of events words. This treat takes minutes to make, and making them in class could be a fun, healthy way to conclude this lesson.
Buy just the activity (without the lesson plans) here: Make a fun, healthy, Halloween treat while practicing sequence of events words
A note about my lessons:
Each lesson has a checkbox for the teacher to circle which standards they are using in the lesson. While they list ESL standards and were used in a classroom with ESL students, these lessons are appropriate for students of all abilities. They were used in diverse classrooms with students who ranged from speaking no English, to being fluent native speakers.