Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate in the classroom!  I love a good themed party with activities and treats that all tie in together.  I usually do a whole witches' brew theme, but I though a fun twist on that would be with the story, Bone Soup by Cambria Evans.  It's the Halloween version of the folktale, Stone Soup.  Throughout the week of Halloween, you can use that story as your interactive read aloud, which will then build up to your Halloween party!  I do have a resource for interactive read aloud lessons for that story, which you can find HERE.  I just love that you can tie in your standards while still having lots of Halloween fun!  Let's take a look today at what this amazing Classroom Halloween Party consists of!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

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Printable Halloween party decorations are included that you can hang on your boards for the week.  There is a Happy Halloween Banner and some signs that have different ingredients from Bone Soup.  You could also mix in some spider webs and spiders, along with any other Halloween decor you have for a fun mini-room transformation.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Once it's time for the party, here is a party agenda to help keep you on track.  I like to also share this with students so that they know what fun is to come!  You do not have to do all of these activities.  It just depends on the amount of time you are given by admin.  The activities are all designed to be appropriate for social distancing.  I typically like to do stations for a party, but I know that will not work this year, so each of these are completed individually.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Families love to help out with classroom parties by donating items.  I made a family letter that you can send home a couple of weeks before the party with items needed for the treats, Bone Soup snack mix and a Slimy Sludge drink.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

For the actual party activities, BINGO is always a class favorite!  There are three different BINGO boards and printable calling cards.  You could be the caller or ask a student to do it while you get the food items set up.  I printed these on colored cardstock so that they can be used again the following year.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Step-by-step directed drawing instructions are included.  I like to do directed drawings on large poster paper.  I included some printable headers if you choose to do that to make it even cuter.  The directed drawing is of Finnigin, the main character.  He looks a little creepy, but he is a sweet and fun little character in the story.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

If students hand out treats to one another, they will need something to put what they collect inside to take home.  I bought these gift bags on Amazon (you can split these with your team), and students make a Bone Soup decoration for the outside.  I printed the parts on construction paper, but you could also print them on white paper and let students color them if you needed something extra for them to do.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Now for the best part, the food!  This snack is perfect for time of social distancing since everything will be individualized. Below are the printable signs that you can put on your table.  There are recipes and a fun poem from the book.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

You as the teacher will mix up the concoctions!  (Make sure you are wearing a mask and gloves while doing this.) I mix up the bone soup in this large black bowl I found at Walmart, or you could use a cauldron that you can find at many stores during Halloween.  You will pour in the snack mix ingredients and while stirring, students can recite the poem.  If you want to be real extra, wear a witch's hat!  Ha!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

I put the snack mix in plastic bags, so that they can take the extras home.  The slimy sludge drink can be poured in individual cups or you can do a punch bowl, but I think just mixing it in the cups first is easier.  

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

I like to give my students a little treat, so I made these gift tags that also go with the theme.  You can find these skeletons everywhere right now. These are from Target, but I have also seen them on Amazon.  I just used tape to attach them to the card.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Do you love themed parties, too?  If so, this Halloween Party Pack is perfect for you!  My students always say that our Halloween party was the best day of their life (haha), so I can promise your students will have a blast and so will you!


Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!





















Asking questions is such a tough concept for first graders.  It takes lots of practice, even though they are used to asking questions so much in the real world.  The story This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen is a great interactive read aloud text for asking and answering questions within a fictional text.  The reader is left with so many questions due to the way the story is written.  We practice, with lots of modeling from me, asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading.  We focus on day one discussing what a question is and what the common question words are with this poster below.  You will also find links to a couple of our favorite videos that we use to learn about questions.

This Is Not My Hat Google Slides TM

This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!



After establishing what questions are, we look at the cover of the book.  I have the below anchor chart displayed and the students have their own copy with them on clipboards on the carpet.  We create questions that we have have about the book before reading.  I only require them to write one down, but they are more than welcome to extend their learning by creating more.  I record all of their questions on my anchor chart for later.  

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

I go into more detail within the print and go lesson plans on how to model and when to stop at specific points during the read aloud to model asking questions or answering questions for all five days of the week.  I print the questions on these sticky notes for easy reference for myself while reading the text.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

These are the vocabulary words that we cover during the week.  The digital version of the interactive read aloud includes vocabulary cards with the word, a kid-friendly definition, a sentence, an illustration, and a simple task each day for students to complete for application of the vocabulary word.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!



Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

As we continue reading the story on day one, I stop during the problem of the story and have students create questions they may now have.  We then read the rests of the story and create any remaining questions we still have after reading the story.  I take them up and save them for the following day to practice answering those questions.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

As we go through the week, we also cover making text-to-self connections and describing the main characters in the text for their daily independent tasks.  By Friday, they are read for the culminating task and assessment.  The culminating task for this story is to write a letter to Little Fish explaining what is thought of the choice made in the story and a question they wish to ask Little Fish.  I have included a scoring rubric to attach to the task for parents and for the students to understand their score.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Crafts always help students remember a specific skill or strategy so we made these question kids.  You can have them write questions they have while reading a different text that you might add to the text set for this story.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Finally, we work on a mentor sentence throughout the week identifying different parts of the sentence.  The sentence always comes from the text to tie the two subjects together.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

All of my Interactive Read Aloud Lessons have been or are being converted into digital lessons for your distance learners or to use in your own classroom for instruction.  They are included in the monthly bundle or you can purchase them separately.  There are five days of lessons that include an agenda, a brain warmup video, learning goal, success criteria, learning posters, vocabulary cards, anchor chart, read aloud slide with text dependent questions, an independent task, exit ticket, wrap it up, and a self assessment slide.  The independent task, exit ticket, and self assessment slides are all editable for students.  You can assign these slides to students, and they can submit these to you for feedback.  These are also the slides I have used in my classroom for years that have guided my instruction and have helped me ensure I have great observation scores from admin. ;)

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Asking and answering questions is one of my favorite strategies to teach, and this book is one of my favorites for teaching it.  The deep discussions my students have had from this text were amazing to listen to from first graders.  The questions you provide students will definitely promote higher order thinking in your classroom.  You can click any of the images in the post or click below to check the resources out. Thanks for stopping by!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!












 

 


The recounting stories standards has a lot packed into that one standard!  Students have to recount not only stories, but fables and folktales, as well.  October is a great month to cover those while also bringing in point of view and comparing and contrasting two or more versions of the same story.  You can check out the whole October unit HERE.  The last week of October is all about Bone Soup, a fun Halloween version of the folktale Stone Soup.  We focus this week on recounting a folktale, but also compare and contrast the two versions.   We will look at the printable version, and discuss the digital Google Slides TM version, as well.


The way that I construct my interactive read aloud lessons is to make them super easy to print and prep.  The week before, I print the sticky note text dependent questions, the lessons plans, and the daily tasks.  The daily tasks are all numbered for easy sorting into your daily bins.  I am able to be ready and organized for the following week in no time at all.  The digital version will also take care of lesson planning for you with little to no prep.


The lesson plans include a mini lesson, questions to ask, a daily task, and an exit ticket.


The posters are so fun for Halloween week and are great references for your students during the lesson and the daily task.  A digital version is also included in the Google Slides.


This anchor chart can be printed as a poster and used with the story or any other folktale that you may use in your text set that week.


These cards are displayed on the board in your classroom.  The digital version contains the word, an illustration, a kid-friendly definition, and a sentence.  There is also a simple daily task for the students to complete each day.


On day one, we read Stone Soup.  We use this story to practice recounting a folktale together.  You can also see the assessment in the photo above that we complete on Friday.  


On day two, we compare and contrast the two versions using a Venn diagram.  On days three and four, we focus on story elements, such as characters, setting, problem, and solution.  By Friday, they are ready to recount or retell the story on their own.  Students will get to make their own Bone Soup craft while retelling the story.  After completion of this culminating task, I would also have them retell it to a partner.  All of these tasks are also in the Google Slides TM version.  They can be assigned to students and returned back to your for feedback.




I hope you love Bone Soup as much as I do!  Be on the lookout for a Bone Soup Halloween Party Pack coming soon!






 


Who doesn't love Creepy Carrots!?!?  These creepy little carrots are following Jasper around, so he thinks.  This is a fun book to add to your October read aloud list.  I love to spend a day on it during the week of Halloween.  It's a fun inferencing activity and craft to complete during your whole group reading one day that week.  There is a lesson plan, differentiated writing activity, and a craft included in this fun resource.


You can find the book, Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds HERE.  
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Within the one day lesson plan, I have included a mini-lesson script, text-dependent questions to ask, and instructions on how to complete the writing task.


This inferencing activity can be completed in kindergarten, first, or second grades.  I have included differentiated writing printables for each grade level.  You could also use these to differentiate within your classroom.  You will stop at a certain point in the story to have students make an inference.  After their writing is completed, they can share their thinking with a partner.  Afterwards, you will read the rest of the story to check their inferences.  They will be in for a fun surprise!




The best part of the resource is making the Creepy Carrot craft!  There are three different carrots included, and they are all my favorite!   They make such a cute bulletin board for October and the writing will showcase what great inference detectives your students are!



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Fables are short stories that typically have animals as characters and teach a moral or lesson.  In second grade, readers are expected to recount fables and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.  A Boy Who Cried Wolf if a great fable to begin with when teaching this standard.  We began the week by diving into the traditional version on Epic! Books.  We used this to practice recounting a story and determining its central message.  The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot by Scott Magoon was our focus text for the remainder of the week.  It's a super fun spin on this traditional fable!

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! Interactive Read Aloud

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We have already covered this standard but not with fables.  I have also incorporated determining when characters have different points of view and comparing and contrasting two different versions of the same story.

LESSON PLANS


There are five days of lesson plans that allow you to simply print and teach!  You get a scripted mini lesson, text dependent questions, a daily task, partner discussion, and an exit ticket.


Excuse these messy anchor charts!  They need laminated to smooth out those edges!  We use these throughout the unit to practice the skills.


I also hang these mini posters with the strategies and skills for student reference throughout the week.  The vocabulary is below, along with the instructional routine I follow.


DAILY INDEPENDENT TASKS


I included these Retell Roads that I love to use when recounting a story.  You can laminate these and the race cars to use a hands-on tool to retell during your lesson or during centers.

You can see the tasks below that students complete each day with the two stories.


The final culminating task is a recount of the focus text that you attach to this Bigfoot craft.


We always end with a comprehension assessment related to the focus standard that you can use as a grade, as well as the culminating task.


We always do a mentor sentence to incorporate our language standards into the read aloud.  Students get their own set and there is a large teacher one that you can work on during the mentor sentence time.


Digital Interactive Read Aloud

Since so many are distance learning right now, I have created a digital version using Google Slides TM.  It will also be included in the October Bundle. These are very similar to the PowerPoint lessons I use in my classroom, but you can assign slides to your remote learners to complete the independent tasks each day.  Just create another copy for each day of the week and delete the slides you don't want students to have.  You can display the slides from the original copy during your live or recorded lessons.  It will keep you on track and ensure you cover all components of the lesson.  Here are a few of the slides included!  There are five days of lessons that include an agenda, learning target, success criteria, learning video and posters, vocabulary cards with tasks, read aloud, daily questions, daily tasks, exit ticket, wrap up, and self assessments for each of the five days!  These are a lifesaver!








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Writing this blog post makes me miss first grade so much!  This was the first big room transformation we did at our school that year.  We were learning about spiders, so it was the perfect transformation for the week of Halloween.  We used lots of spider web and spiders all over our classrooms, which I will share in this post.  Our interactive read aloud that week was Spiders by Gail Gibbons.  We covered lots of informational text standards but focused on main topic and retell of key details for our assessment.  Here is a peek at the focus wall.  If you have owned this unit for a while, it has been recently updated, so be sure to download it again!



This is the second week working on main topic, so it follows the same format as Pumpkin Circle.  I wanted it to be familiar, and the end goal is an informational writing piece on spiders.  There are five days of lesson plans and sticky note text dependent questions.  Just print and teach!



These main topic and key details posters can be printed on cardstock and hung on your focus wall for student reference.


We use this main topic and key details anchor chart throughout the week.  I like to print these as a poster and laminate.  That way they are ready from year to year.


There are four vocabulary words included, along with a teaching routine that is fabulous for learning new vocabulary!


The spider below was part of the decor!  He is made from garbage bags and stuffed with paper from the recycling bin.  I stapled it together and stuck him to my board with heavy magnets.  The tablecloths, spiders, and our headbands were from Walmart.






Daily Independent Tasks

The students were so excited to learn all about spiders!  We began the read aloud with a KWL chart on day one. 


On day two, students chose one on the spiders from the text do describe using key details from the text.  Afterwards, they could draw and label that spider.  They LOVED doing this!




We made connections on day 3, describing whether or not they were afraid of spiders.  They had to use details from the text to support their thinking.  These were really fun to share with each other!

Aaaarrgghh!  Spider!  is a really cute book to add to your text set!  We read this and made a class graph to incorporate a little math.




Culminating Task and Assessment

By day four, they were read to identify the main topic and key details.  We added those to this spider craft.  You can differentiate on how many key details you expect them to include on the legs.  They used white crayons to write on the black construction paper.


Since we put the key details on a craft the day before, we made this anchor chart on day five to plan their informational writing.  We then participated in a shared writing using those key details.  Students had their own copies on clip boards that they could use to follow along.  There are two different versions for differentiation included.



Students also took a comprehension assessment at the end of the week.

Digital Interactive Read Aloud

Since so many are distance learning right now, I have created a digital version using Google Slides TM.  It's included in the October set or you can purchase it separately.  These are very similar to the PowerPoint lessons I use in my classroom, but you can assign slides to your remote learners to complete the independent tasks each day.  Just create another copy for each day of the week and delete the slides you don't want students to have.  You can display the slides from the original copy during your live or recorded lessons.  It will keep you on track and ensure you cover all components of the lesson.  Here are a few of the slides included!  There are five days of lessons that include an agenda, learning target, success criteria, learning video and posters, vocabulary cards with tasks, read aloud, daily questions, daily tasks, exit ticket, wrap up, and self assessments for each of the five days!  These are a lifesaver!








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