Tricks & Treats: A Halloween Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Did I spook you?
Thanks for "haunting" over here!    
I just love Halloween, don't you? 
As teachers, we can engage our students during any
of the holiday seasons, but
I find that students are most engaged around Halloween time .... 
even reluctant learners are engaged!   
Which makes my teacher heart so happy!

Here's my TRICK to you ...

Every year, I buy a pumpkin for my classroom.  
I leave the pumpkin at the corner of my desk for about a week.   
During that time frame, students are so inquisitive
and they ask all kinds of questions.
They want to know as to what they will be doing with the pumpkin.
They are excited!
They are curious!

They want to know as to when they can get started
with their pumpkin lesson.
They are engaged!  
They are hooked!

 The following week, we gather on the carpet with our pumpkin and
review the concept of nouns and verbs.
Then, I ask them to describe our very own pumpkin.
At first, students are slow to come up with descriptive words,
but as soon as I start writing their words
with a black Sharpie,
you hear the excitement in their voices.
Then, everyone wants to quickly get in on the action.
They cannot wait to have THEIR word written on the pumpkin.

 Clip Art from Krista Wallden

Once we finish brainstorming our descriptive words,
I introduce the concept of ADJECTIVES.
I let my students know that all those words
that we have just written on our pumpkin
are known as adjectives.
Students then work in pairs
in order to complete their pumpkin sheet.

Following this activity,
I then ask students to color and add details to their monster.
They can add polka dots, stripes, fur, mustaches, etc. to their monsters.
I let them get creative!
Once they are completely satisfied with their monsters,
they are then asked to describe their monster by
providing as many adjectives as they can possibly think of.

We also do a quick Show and Share of our monsters!

Here is what our finished product looks like!
This monster adjective activity is my TREAT to you.
I hope your students will enjoy it as much as my students have.
You can grab yours by just clicking HERE.

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Happy Treating!
Next up, is Erin from Mrs. Beattie's Classroom.


  1. I love the idea of leaving the pumpkin on the desk and just letting the suspense build!! Thanks for a great freebie!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  2. What a great way of working on adjective with students. I love this idea, and I'm sure the children really enjoy creating their own monsters!
    - Melissa
    Teacher Abroad

  3. BY THE WAY; Love your adorable blog! Also, thanks for the great adjective activity!

  4. This is an excellent idea! I bet your students learned a lot about adjectives!!!

  5. Too cute! I'm going to do this with my class as well. Bryn :-)

  6. I love the idea of writing directly on the pumpkin. The kids would be very excited to do that I am sure. It is a lot less messy way to use a pumpkin too :)

    Hanging Around In Primary

  7. Najda, what a great way to build excitement and enthusiasm into a lesson! Your freebie is the perfect way to tie it all together. Thank you.

  8. What a great activity! Love it! (And it will totally work in French too!)

    Tammy @ Teaching FSL

  9. I love the idea of writing the adjectives right on the pumpkin. Thanks for this great activity - love it and can't wait to use it.


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