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Halloween: It’s Halloween! Book Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan #:AELP-RDG0041
Submitted by: Melissa Grossman
Email: Grossman16@aol.com Date: October 14, 1999

Grade Level(s): 2


  • Language Arts/Reading
  • Social Studies/Holidays

Goals: Students will learn about Halloween.

Objective(s): Students will:

  • participate in active comprehension while teacher reads the book, It’s Halloween! aloud.
  • complete an activity sheet associated with Halloween.
  • Materials:

    • Story Book by Packard/Lucas (1997). It’s Halloween! Golden Books Publishing
    • Crayons
    • Markers
    • Halloween worksheets (crossword, word search, coloring pages)
    • Jokes

    Introduction: Jokes -What do you get when you cross a black cat with a lemon?
    * A sour-puss.
    -What is a ghost’s favorite pie?
    * Boo-berry pie.

    Continue introduction with thoughts on Halloween.

    -Which holiday is coming at the end of this month?
    -What do you think of when you think of Halloween?
    -What do you do on Halloween?
    -What are you going dressed as?
    -What is your favorite type of candy?

    Introduce It’s Halloween!

    Read through the book using active comprehension.
    -What are the two kids doing in this picture?
    -What different types of costumes do you see on this page?
    -How do you think the kids feel in this picture?
    -What did the two decide to dress as?
    -What do you think the two heard outside as they walked from house to house?
    -What do you think they see during their trick or treating?
    -Do you think that all of the candy that they collected will last a year?

    Ask the students if they enjoyed the book. What was their favorite part and why?
    Students are able to choose one of the following:
    -crossword puzzle
    -word search
    -coloring sheet and write a sentence or two about their picture.

    Closure through summary of what was learned today.

    What did they like the best, etc., and one last joke:
    -What do ghosts drink on Halloween?
    * Ghoul-Aid

    Supplemental Activities:

    Choose a different worksheet (crossword, word search, coloring page with sentences that follow). Student is able to write a short story (paragraph) reflecting on Halloween. Write some Halloween jokes of their own.

    Assessment: Evaluation through participation while story was being read aloud. Evaluation of the worksheets.