This is going to be one of those weeks where it’ll be a miracle if I manage to accomplish ANYTHING at all! Let’s see.. Monday and Tuesday half of 8th grade will be gone on a field trip. Tuesday ALL DAY the parish library lady is coming to do book talks with all of my classes. Wednesday *I* have to be out for a workshop/inservice. Thursday.. well.. Thursday is HALLOWEEN! And.. Friday.. 8th grade takes the Explore test, so we’ve got a crazy schedule. Aahhhhhh! I’m already stressed out!
Here’s one of those “Crazy Halloween Week” lessons that might bring you a little bit of sanity, even if mine is beyond repair!
I extracted Lesson 1 from my Interactive Writing Notebooks.
In this lesson, students will name these mummies with DEAD WORDS and then bury them! The coffin template serves as a pocket and students can put these dead words in the pocket to permanently bury them! Once they are buried, they can never be used again in any sort of writing in my class. Some words to consider burying include very, good, sad, nice, great, happy, bad, mad, got, get, lot, so, fun, cool, smart, big, little, smart dumb. You can take this “burying words” to a new level by assigning each student a word to bury and give a eulogy to. The eulogy can be presented to the class and may include some common (FORMER) uses for the word as well as suggestions to use instead of that word now that it is dead. This lesson is enjoyable for students ALL YEAR LONG but especially enjoyable during this week!
Between now and Halloween, you can download this sneak peak of a lesson from my Interactive Writing Notebooks through Google Docs by clicking the picture below. It includes the coffin and mummy templates as well as complete instructions! Hurry, because after Halloween, this link won’t work anymore!
In case you’ve missed my other Halloween lesson ideas, you can find those by clicking below: