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!