#CelebrateWithDE – Halloween

Halloween can take over like a crowd of zombies. This year, go with the flow with resources to slake students’ thirst for all things Halloween in every core subject area. Work with the resources we’ve collected below and then dare your students to create their own versions of Halloween challenges. Finally, send your students on a virtual trick or treating trip in their own Discovery Education accounts to find creepy, crawly, eerie media in their favorite subject areas and about their favorite topics. Trick, treat, or digital resource – have a Happy Halloween!


Featured Resource

Content Collection: Halloween
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Learn about the origins of Halloween and how it has been celebrated in different countries. Pumpkins, witches, and other supernatural creatures that appear at Halloween have their roots in practices dating back many centuries.

 


LEARN

The spirits of curriculum have been busy creating content for Halloween in every area. Your students don’t need to be costumed as scientists, mathematicians, writers, and historians to enjoy working with the resources below.

  
Sid the Science Kid: Halloween Spooky Science Special
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, Full Video [24:51]

Sid and his friends have a Halloween party at school and learn all about their costumes.

 
Spooky Math: Use Familiar Operations to Solve Problems
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Math Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video [17:10]

Presents Halloween-themed math problems that involve adding decimals, subtracting decimals, multiplication, and division.

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video [24:04]

Reads passages from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving, in a way that summarizes the entire story. The program visits Sleepy Hollow, New York, and combines narration with acting to perform “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

 

The History of Modern Halloween
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment [05:37]

Traces the true origins of modern Halloween celebrations, revealing how the holiday was almost banned during the 1920s.


APPLY

Engage your students’ excitement about Halloween by letting them create their own versions of some of the resources they’ve been working with. Encourage students to create original Halloween-based math problems, scientific experiments, stories, and research questions. Begin the session(s) by setting the Halloween atmosphere with sound using the SOS Surround Sound (Canadian Version) from our Spotlight on Strategies series. Here are a few sound effects you might use…there are many more: Weather: Wind: Eerie Wind Horror (Canadian Version), Weather: Wind: Ghost Town Wind Horror (Canadian Version). Consider adapting the strategy to include background music for the whole session.

Then, using the resources in the Learn section as models, have students design experiments with Halloween themes; write math problems for each other featuring pumpkins, candy, ghosts, etc.; summarize an original story like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with narration; or research a potentially deeply creepy aspect of Halloween history. Please share your students’ work on social media using #CelebrateWithDE.


Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.

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