Can’t teach Halloween in your classroom? Think again!
Here’s a week long reading unit plan designed for 4th-8th graders that will begin as a simple common core short story/poetry lesson, but will end as the literal transformation of your classroom into the tranquil village of Sleepy Hallow, home of the Headless Horsemen.
This unit comes complete with 5 classic works in American Literature including The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain, Pioneers! O Pioneers!
by Walt Whitman, The Raven & The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe and The Legend of Sleepy Hallow by Washington Irving.
Throughout the course of the unit students will complete thinking maps and comprehension questions based on the readings of the above. As the unit moves towards the culminating story, designed to be taught on Halloween, the stories progressively become more and more fitting for the season. The unit concludes with explicit instructions as to how to transform your classroom in a matter of 25 minutes into the village of Sleepy Hallow. Washington Irving’s classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman will come alive in your classroom as you will give your students a common core aligned reading unit unlike anything they’ve ever experienced previously.
As a 5th grade self-contained gifted teacher have conducted this unit in my classroom for 7 years running now, and this Sleepy/Hallow/Classic Lit Unit is one that I know my students will remember the rest of their lives. The 25 minute classroom transformation and decoration into the forest and village of Sleepy Hallow is a complete surprise to my students, which is what makes it so memorable to them. This is a huge parent pleaser as parents love to get involved in an undertaking like this. This unit is something that I have won local radio and magazine awards for, and cannot recommend it enough. I’ve broken it up for you onto 39 pages that if printed out can be easily used throughout the course of the unit. This is my first unit that I have posted to TpT so if anything is unclear, I’ll be happy to answer any questions through email to help anyone with the planning as Halloween quickly approaches.