Sunday, September 30, 2012

Halloween Themed Reading Graphic Organizers

Oh my word friends, my students LOVE reading any seasonal book.  Doesn't matter what the holiday or season, they love them.  I think it's because of the connections they can make while reading, but whatever the case, seasonal books can get some of my most reluctant readers reading.  

I've collected lots of Halloween books from book orders and check out a large collection from the library.  I can hardly keep my kiddos hands off them.  Since a majority of the Halloween books I check out or own are below their reading level, I've usually required my kiddos to fill out a graphic organizer on the seasonal books they read.  Since my kiddos are usually so motivated to read the books, their organizers are of top notch quality.  This practice is highly beneficial for me as a  reference of high quality work later in the year, plus I've always found my kiddos can always benefit from independent graphic organizer completion.  

Yesterday while watching my Buckeyes' nail biting one point win, I created some graphic organizers to use with my kiddos for our Halloween book collection. 
Skills reviewed are: sequencing, story mapping, making connections, character traits, asking questions, main idea and detail, somebody wanted but so, and character cause and effect.  There are eleven different organizers in all and I have options for primary writing lines for my first and second grade teacher friends. :) 

I plan on keeping multiple copies of each organizer in a binder separated by tabs in my classroom for easy access for my kiddos.  I always give my kiddos a STAR Card, one of my school's PBS rewards, for high quality graphic organizers.  Considering our reward cart is coming around again at the end of October, I think I'll be reviewing lots of graphic organizers! :) 

However in your classroom, the possibilities are endless.  You can use these organizers for ANY book you read in October, what kiddos doesn't like Halloween clip art, for Halloween books you read together as a class, or for readers response journals.  I hope your kiddos love them as much as I think mine will! :) They are available at both of my stores, and are part of my fall TpT sale this weekend. 

Would you like to win a copy of your own?  Just leave a comment below with your email.  The first person to correct guess my favorite Halloween candy will have a free copy sent their way! :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend my friends!


  1. Peanut M&Ms?

  2. These are adorable. I wish I could enjoy Halloween in my classroom but I have about 5 kiddos that can't celebrate any holidays. Total bummer.

    The Learning Tree

  3. These are so cute! What a great idea!

    Is your favorite Halloween candy, candy corn?


  4. So cute! Is your favorite candy skittles?

  5. These are adorable! Is your favorite candy Twix?

  6. Love these! Is your favorite candy those little Pumpkin mellowcreme candies, the ones shaped like little pumpkins?!

  7. Very cute, Lisa...I'm going with candy corn, but it's already been guessed. So, what is it?

    Fun in Room 4B

  8. These are adorable!!! I was going to guess candy corn but since someone already did, I am going to go with a popcorn ball.


  9. I'm going to guess Reese's! These are so cute! Love it!

  10. These are super cute! I guessing Halloween Peeps.

  11. These are so cute! I was going to guess candy corn but since that has already been about candy apples??? Remember the days when people actually handed out candy apples?

  12. How about mini Snickers? (Which is only Halloween-ish due to the small size, I realize...but I just hope you don't like those disgusting chewy peanut butter things that we used to throw away as soon as we got home!)

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  13. Hi, Lisa!
    These Halloween Graphic Organizers look FANTASTIC! I teach 5th graders (students with special needs, primarily). These look like an awesome way to get kids excited about reading! They look cute, but not "baby-ish", which can be very difficult to do.

    I would LOVE a copy of these. Hmmmm. Your favorite Halloween candy...I would say buckeyes, but I don't think those really count as Halloween candy. They are delicious, though. :) I'm going to guess Peanut Butter Kisses (the peanut butter taffy things one of your other readers despises). :P

    I'm a fellow Ohioan (though not into football - my hubby says I'm unnatural!) and I always try to create an uproar with my kiddos by saying two little words...Go Blue! I'm sure you know what I mean! :)

    Love your cute blog! I am your newest follower!!

  14. I love the reading organizers! Halloween just makes me SO happy!

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  15. reeces peanut butter cups! Love the Halloween themed packet!

  16. These are fantastic! Is your favorite halloween candy......flavored tootsie rolls? It's mine & I raid the candy bag every year to find them. Only time of year I eat them.

  17. I love these! Is your favorite Dots! I love them...almost as much as peanut m&m which are my favorite!

  18. We've been using 4 squares - but need to branch out. I'd love to use them with my kids.
    Could it be Butterfingers?

  19. Reeses Cups? Everyone loves those!

    I would love to use these with my kids for October!

  20. These are adorable!! I love them!
    Okay, I'm going to guess Rollo's? They are definitely my favorite!

  21. Love these cute pages!! Would love to use them for our Halloween stories, so my guess is regular Tootsie Rolls. I have been sneaking in the Halloween candy jar for these. Yummo!


  22. Those are so cute! Is your fave milk duds?!

  23. Love these graphic organizers! I would love to use them with my kiddos! Is your favorite candy Almond Joy??? Those are my absolute FAVE! And luckily I don't have to fight anyone in my house for them, because I'm the only one who likes coconut! :)

  24. Great love them!
    Tara Mull

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