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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Halloween Classroom Ideas

Are you planning on having a Halloween classroom party? 

Are you celebrating Halloween in the classroom this year? 

How do you have a great Halloween? Here are some tips for having a successful Halloween party in your classroom. Try one or all of these tips and your students will have a great Halloween celebration in your classroom this year! 

Halloween Classroom Ideas

1. Limit Candy Consumption

Depending on your school policy for Halloween and other holidays, error on the side of less is more. Students will have candy, students will bring Halloween trinkets, students will want to celebrate the spooky holiday. In preparation always buy a bag of candy or two for students to celebrate success or good behavior (if school policy allows it). Another great incentive is free homework passes or another reward that students will find value in. 

Start class on Halloween by listing the agenda, "Today's goals are ....x.......y ........z..., If you accomplish them, then you will be rewarded with 2 minutes of candy time at the end of class." That two minutes of candy time always seals the deal. Wow! The teacher is allowing us to eat candy. (It's going to happen. So prepare for it and allow it during a certain time). 

Remember that students appreciate a structure. Being the teacher with a structured class on such a chaotic day will benefit your class. Make sure your objectives for the day are clear and reward them appropriately for completing all the tasks. 

2. Students place ALL book bags in front of room

Keeping book bags in the front of the classroom allows for less distractions.  Students are less tempted to get in their bag for more candy or other Halloween items. Your classroom will have less behavior problems, less time talking about the book bags and other items, and more time focused on learning.

3. Plan for a Halloween Activity

Your entire lesson plan does not have to be Halloween based, but if you acknowledge the day with a bellwork question, your students will remember it more. Creating an environment to celebrate and acknowledge fun holidays is always helpful in developing rapport with your students. Think about what your students celebrate and how they celebrate it. Would having a Halloween math activity in class be helpful in building relationships with students?

However you decide to celebrate Halloween, remember to have fun! This is a great opportunity for building relationships with your students. Holidays are a great time to show the students you can enjoy learning math in your classroom.

Happy Halloween!