Halloween Tips and Activities for ELLs
Halloween Tips for ELLs
Many children look forward to Halloween 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.
Finally some students may come from families that do not celebrate Halloween.
It is important to be culturally sensitive to students that do not celebrate the holiday. 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.
Halloween Parts of Speech Color by Code– Use these Halloween themed color by code sheets to help students practice identifying different parts of speech. This comes with Illustrated Vocabulary Sheets, that are also available separately.
Halloween Bingo– This is a fun game to play if you are having a Halloween party. Students can pick up some vocabulary around the holiday as they play.
Halloween sight word puzzles– Students can practice sight words in context with these puzzles. They match up sight words with a sentence that has that sight word in bold.