Halloween

Halloween

Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31. It has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”) and is mostly celebrated in Anglo-Saxon countries such as the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.  In these countries, children celebrate with traditional activities including trick-or-treating in fancy dress (as a witch, a vampire, a ghost etc.) and carving jack-o-lanterns.

In Brazil Halloween is celebrated in some language schools, clubs, and schools, and children use fancy dress and take part in spooky activities.
Here you will find activities to use in the classroom with your students.

 

Very Young Learners (4 to 8 year-olds):

 

Halloween Activity:

Material needed for this activity:
• Paper, colored markers, scissors and glue.
• A twine roll and scotch tape
• square-shaped sheets of paper (for extra activity)

Slide 1: Ask sts what they can see on the slide; Expect them to come up with the words ‘house’, ‘bats’, ‘halloween’. In case they don’t, click to reveal the word ‘halloween’. Note that, some sts might not have heard of this holiday before.  Therefore, use L1 to explain them what it is all about.

• Find the menu of activities on the first page.
• Select an activity by clicking on the jack-‘o-lantern icons.

Characters

Slides 2: Tell sts they are going to learn about some Halloween characters; click to move on to the next slide;
 
Slide 3: Click to show the first character (a jack-‘o-lanter); ask for group repetition twice; click to move on to the next character; repeat this procedure until the eight of them can be seen on the slide; At this point, exploit the slide by asking questions such as ‘What colour is the ghost?’, ‘What coulour is the jack-‘o-lantern?’, What colour is the witch’s hat?’, ‘Who’s wearing a red cape? (Make gesture to make it clearer to sts)’ etc; click to move on to the next slide;
Key: a jack-‘o-lantern, a ghost, a spider, a witch, a black cat, Frankenstein’s monster, a werewolf, vampire

Slides 4-12: Each slide contains a different halloween character; At each one of them, elicit the correct name from sts; Take this opportunity to teach lexis such as ‘witch hat’, ‘vampire cape’, ‘spider web’  etc.
Key: a spider, a jack-‘o-lantern, vampire, frankstein, a ghost, a werewolf, a witch and a black cat.

Games

Slides 13: Divide children into teams. Set up a course for them to race on. Have first child of each team sit down, put their arms behind them and walk (AKA crab walk) to the end of the course and back. Tag the next child and repeat until all the teams finish;

 Slide 14: Click on the jack-‘o-lanterns icons to go to the referred games;

Extra (Origami Bat and Jack-‘o-lantern)

If time allows, make origami bats and jack-‘o-lanterns with students and hang/stick them on/onto the walls and ceiling together with the other Halloween characters.

- Origami Bat

- Origami jack-‘o-lantern

 

Young Learners (9 to 12 year-olds):

 

Halloween Activity

Material needed for this activity:
• None

Slide 1: Have sts guess the mysterious phrase ‘Trick or treat’; every click will reveal a letter; once the phrase is revealed, click again to reveal next question; sts answer the question; click to check; click again to reveal the last question; get ideas from WG; clear out any doubts that might come up concerning the definition of trick-or-treating; then, click to move on to the next slide;

Slide 2 (Menu): Ask sts what they can see on the slide; Expect them to come up with the words ‘house’, ‘bats’, etc.

• Find the menu of activities on the second page.
• Select an activity by clicking on the white icons.

Trick or treats

Slide 3: Tell sts they are going to see some pictures related to Halloween and that they have to say whether what they see is trick or treat; Make sure they know the difference between both of them before you start;

Slide 4-7: Pictures will appear on every slide; Make sure to exploit the pictures asking question such as ‘What is happening in this picture?’, ‘What are they doing?’, ‘Where are they?’, ‘What are these?’, ‘Why are they doing that?’, ‘Is it ok to do that?’, ‘How can you get those’? etc; After exploiting the picture, click again to reveal the answer;

Slide 8: Pair up sts and give them 2’ to ask/answer the questions to one another; Then, get some ideas from the WG. Monitor for fluency/accuracy. Give feedback on their performance.

Slide 9: Divide sts into trios and give them 3’ to ask/answer the questions on the slide; then, collect some feedback from sts. Monitor for fluency/accuracy. Give feedback on their performance.
 

 

Teens:

 

Halloween activity

Material needed for this activity:
• None

Slide 1-3: Elicit the answer to the question on the slide from sts; click to reaveal answer; click again to show follow-up question; Accept ideas from sts; click to show information icon; click on it to go to the page that contains the answer; sts read the explanation; clear out any doubts concerning vocabulary; click on ‘back’; click again to reveal another question; Get some ideas from sts; then, click again to move to the fun quiz on the next slides;

Slide 4-11: Sts will answer the quiz on a separate sheet of paper and will compare their answer later on in pairs. Note that this should be fun. So, if sts feel more comfortable to answer the questions as a group, drop the sheet of paper idea and have them compare their answer at each slide;

Slide 12: Divide sts into trios and give them 3’ to ask/answer the questions on the slide; then, collect some feedback from sts.