With Halloween around the corner, I wanted to quickly share about a free resource that I think you’ll love! Halloween in the classroom is, let’s just say, an *exciting* time with lots of anticipation, giddiness, and sugar rushes. Truthfully, I’ve always loved celebrating Halloween in my classroom, but it can also be a crazy time!
One way to bring the craziness level down a bit is to incorporate fun, hands-on activities that students will be motivated to do, but also reinforce the skills we’re working on. Sitting down to play a game requires students to calm their bodies, use critical thinking, and work on cooperation skills.
I created these free halloween activities a few years ago and I wanted to share a closer look with you today. They’re all part of the same free download, so be sure to tell me where to send your copy at the end of the post!
A Quick Breakdown
The free games pack includes five game boards, game cards, and game instruction cards. The game cards are to be used with each game board, so print as many sets of them as you need. Besides the game materials, students will each need a piece to move around the board. Halloween mini erasers work perfectly for this. Here are some that I have!
You can store each game in a gallon-sized baggie with a set of game cards and the instruction card. This way, you can just grab a game and use it for small group work, centers, or even have a classroom volunteer or para play it with a few students.
Uppercase Letter ID or Letter Sounds
Both of the letter game boards can be used for letter naming or letter sounds. You can also do letter name AND sound! I personally use them as letter sound games. Students will pick a card, move forward that many spaces, and say the sound of the letter on the space.
Lowercase Letter ID or Letter Sounds
This game board works the same way as the first game board, just with lowercase letters instead of uppercase. Students will pick a card, move forward that many spaces, and say the name or sound of the letter on the space.
The syllables game board is also pretty self-explanatory. Students will pick a card, move forward that many spaces, and count the syllables in the picture on that space.
The rhyming game board is my personal favorite! Students will pick a card, move forward that many spaces, and say a word that rhymes with the picture on the space. I love hearing the rhymes that my students come up with – never a dull moment! 🙂
Short A CVC Words
This final game board is perfect for practicing reading short a CVC words. At this point in September, we’ve usually started working on this so this game really comes in handy.
Fortunately, this games pack works on multiple skills so it’s easy to use the correct game board to fit my students’ needs. Some students might need more work on rhyming, while others are ready for the CVC game board. You can use them in any way you need to in order to meet your students’ needs!
Where can I find the games?
The Halloween literacy games pack is available as a free download sent to your inbox. Just fill out the information below and it will be sent your way!
Before you go…
I hope these games are useful to you, and I hope your students enjoy playing them! Please let me know if I can help with any other resources you need for your classroom. Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@kroltgen) and Facebook (Katie Roltgen Teaching) as well.
If your plate is too full and you need some help with more Halloween activities, here are a few other resources I have available:
Halloween Fine Motor Activities (great for centers and morning tubs!)
Halloween Counting Book (very low-prep!)
Halloween Color by Number Pages (just print and you’re done)
Halloween Fruit Snack Mini Book (Free and fun!)
Have a great day!