Halloween lesson planning


It’s this time of year 🙂 So why not go with the flow and use the Halloween vibe for a bit of extra learning? I’ve been scouring the Internet all day in search of something practical. My main criteria were, in no order of importance: 1) minimal resources; 2) minimal teacher participation; 3) appropriate level of challenge; 4) course fit. I’m sharing the results here because I hope it can save you some time – and I’d love to hear from you what resources you’ve picked this year!

  1. Vocabulary prep: this is something I will need for all the lessons as background resource for all the activities. I’ll print one set for a wall exhibit for younger groups, and give the Quizlet link to the others. I like this set because it has only the topical words, and there are visuals to support the definitions. Quick and effective.
  2. Writing paper: not exactly paperless, I know – but I think these sheets will encourage the learners to write neatly and create a festive atmosphere, so totally worth the investment. I’m going to use them for all writing activities regardless of the age (well, maybe coloured paper for the younger ones…).
  3. Creative writing: we have the paper, now we need a plot generator or a set of prompts. Homework time!
  4. TED-Ed lesson on suspense in writing: this could also be useful for my upper secondaries who are just completing a unit on storytelling. The lesson has a listening comprehension quiz and discussion questions. We may have done the topic to the death though (ha, sorry, couldn’t resist!), so another option would be a webquest
  5. Jigsaw watching. Here’s a selection of other TED-Ed videos with interesting topical facts: Where do superstitions come from; The fascinating history of cemeteries; The Egyptian book of the dead; Why is being scared so fun; Are ghost ships real; How did Dracula become the most famous vampire; Facts about pumpkins. All the videos are short and can be watched from the students’ mobiles. The simplest task would be for the students to share the facts with the others as a presentation, or perhaps make a quiz. An alternative would be to arrange stations, or have a Padlet with questions – I haven’t decided yet!
  6. Grammar practice. I found this idea here: Scary Situations. Students come up with scary situations (‘I’ve got a ghost under my bed!’) and then give each other Agony-Aunt-type advice. It should work really well with my lower secondary group because we’ve just started doing should and must.
  7.  TED for adults. This talk will be interesting for my Proficiency group: a writer is talking about fear and how it can help us cope with life challenges.
  8. Spooky idioms. This is a great idiom set from Macmillan for higher-level learners. It can add just a bit of seasonal charm to the lesson, but the idioms can be used in all kinds of situations. Definitely a keeper for all adult groups this week! (I’ll probably have them make short dialogues illustrating the meaning.)

This should be enough for one week, I think! What are your top picks?


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