Hi Everyone! So, if you are reading this, I’m hoping you have all your Halloween candy bought, your costume completed, and your party plans all figured out. If you have, then you are MILES ahead of me. Well, I have the candy bought but, everything else “will get done when it gets done”. I had a very busy and super fun weekend visiting my friend Lisa in Nashville. No joke, I could totally see myself living there. TN teachers… know of any teacher openings? 😉
Well, if you aren’t 100% sure how you are going to reign the troops in on Thursday, I’m hoping I can help. Last year, I created a Halloween Hunt for my students to complete. Here are some highlights from last year’s October 31st activities.
When I was lesson planning last week, I realized how choppy the next two weeks were going to be. I decided that on the 31st, we would do some math review. I wanted to play different Halloween-themed games, but again, that didn’t happen. Instead, as I was laying in bed a few nights ago, I kept thinking how wound up the kids were going to be ALL day on Wednesday and how I might contain a little of the craziness. Then, duh, it hit me! A Halloween hunt. If you’ve visited my blog fairly often or even if you just snag my freebies, then you may notice I like to do classroom scavenger hunts. This time, I’d have the kids do a Math review scavenger hunt. THEY LOVE IT and the deep down bottom of my heart secret reason I love this is because they are SILENT. So, I printed up some cute Halloween question cards using digital backgrounds I bought on Etsy , wrote 22 review (a question per student) questions on the cards and hung them up around the room. Here is an example of one of the 22 cards scattered throughout my room…
As soon as I started taping the cards up, the kids knew exactly what I was doing. They were way excited and I was way happy I didn’t have to pump the activity up. Once we reviewed expectations, (spread out and give each other space, work independently, be quiet, stay focused, and use your resources) I passed out their answer sheets and let them go. I kid you not, it was so quiet in my room you could hear a pin drop. That kinda freaked me out… I’m so weird. Too noisy and I get nervous but too quiet and I get jittery. Have I ever mentioned I have issues? It’s cool.
Sooo, I turned on some fun Halloween music (quietly)
Questions may be found on the counter…
On the wall…
Next to a whole BUNCH of toilet paper…
and even in the mailbox bin.
And it wouldn’t be a successful math review if I didn’t ask them to answer my FAVORITE math fact!
What did I do during the hunt? Well, after I monitored that everyone was focused, I sat at my back table and re-glued the Goober’s morning magnets. Nice!
They did such a stellar job, I was super happy I had put these baggies together. I had originally planned to hand them out at the end of the day, but I thought their mature work habits deserved a little reward. Each baggie had a purple pen, orange pen, bag of pretzels, Pop Rocks, and 10 mini toothpastes. I mean, everyone needs more toothpaste after Halloween! 😉
I have ALL intentions of doing this again on Halloween… minus the goody bags. Those just didn’t happen this year. Si la vie! If you also want a little peace and quiet WHILE also having your students review previously learned topics (it doesn’t have to be Math… in fact, I’m already thinking of Science and Social Studies questions I’m going to write on the cards) then click below and download your own copy of my 22 question cards (blank) and student answer form. I hope you enjoy!
Have a great night and Happy Halloween!