#CelebrateWithDE – Friday the 13th

Triskaidekaphobia: the fear of the number 13. It’s a great word to say, spell, and study. Find out if your students are nervous about Friday the 13th and then look into superstitions and good luck charms. If you want to embrace the day, Discovery Education has plenty of creepy and spine-tingling content to keep your students’ attention and pique their interest in storytelling.

Featured Resources

Content Collection: Goosebumps
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Assorted Resources

Enjoy R.L. Stine’s classic children’s horror series, Goosebumps! These spooky live-action renditions of Goosebumps novels follow young adults as they navigate through eerie encounters with the supernatural world.
Lucky Charm
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, Video Segment

Emily Elizabeth loses her lucky charm while skating and thinks she can’t skate without it.
Symbol Origins: The Lucky Horseshoe
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techook, Social Studis Techook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Video Segment

The horseshoe has meant good luck since the Romans. Hanging a horseshoe over the doorway with the curve down is supposed to bring good luck.
Pearl Probability
Math Techbook
Grades 6-8, Interactive

A local trader is willing to pay handsomely for pearls – but only if you’re the first diver to bring him a dozen!
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman: Is Luck Real?
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Full Video

Do you make your own luck or does luck make you? The presentation journeys into the human brain, examining theories about how the laws of nature influence probability, change, and pure luck. NOTE: Program references casinos and gambling. Preview before sharing in class.


Challenge your students to create creepy stories using their new understanding of luck, probability, and fear. A variety of strategies from our Spotlight on Strategies series lend themselves to storytelling. Try adapting Paper Slide (Canadian Version) or Puppet Pictures (Canadian Version) to provide structures for stories. Or, focus on the myth of bad luck on Friday the 13th using Myth Bustin’ (Canadian Version): create a round of myth versus truth using topics such as probability or superstition.

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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