Halloween Tips and Activities for ELLs
Halloween is a holiday that many children look forward to each year. For English Language Learners (ELLs) that are newcomers, they may not have experienced Halloween in the past or celebrated it in a much different way. These students will benefit from a basic explanation of what the holiday is and different ways that it is celebrated in their community. This will help alleviate confusion that may come up otherwise. All student will benefit from learning about how Halloween practices differ around the world.
Other ELLs have grown up in the United States and enjoy it the same way their classmates do. These student will enjoy thematic Halloween activities integrated throughout the month. I have a growing collection of ideas on a Halloween Pinterest Board.
Finally some students may come from families that do not celebrate Halloween. It is important to be culturally sensitive to these students. If you know of a student whose family does not celebrate Halloween you can provide them with alternate activities that cover the same academic content. Another option is to avoid Halloween themed activities in the classroom and stick to Fall themes.