Have Some Halloween Fun
Boo! Ghosts and goblins are about. Witches walk among us. Princes, princesses, fairies, and knights fill schools and classrooms. Is there any doubt that Halloween is here? If you are not quite ready to celebrate in "spooktacular" fashion, you're sure to find a fun idea or two here.
Historical Figure Day
Move over Halloween, its Historical Figure Day.
Have your students scare up some poetry with this fun epitaph-writing exercise.
Celebrate pumpkins with these across-the-curriculum activities.
The Stock Market Crash (October 29) and the Great Depression
The anniversary of Black Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to teach your students about the causes and the effects of the Great Depression. Education World offers a dozen great Internet-based activities. Included: Activities for use across the curriculum and across the grades.
Celebrate Character Counts Week
October 17-23 is Character Counts Week. Included: Lessons, articles, more.
Computer Sabotage Lesson Plan
When computer teacher Tom Guy found his students coming to him with every minor glitch that occurred in the computers in his lab, he decided to give the kids a crash course by sabotaging a computer each day and putting the students on the case.
Once Upon a Time
Fables, fairy tales, folktales, legends, myths, and tall tales -- six literary genres to engage student interest.
Teaching With Current Events
Young Americans today know less about what's going on in the world than students of previous generations did. So what can be done to raise students' interest in and awareness of news headlines? These 25 activities will help you make use of -- and help students make sense of -- the news. Included: Ideas for connecting current events to all subjects.
More Timely Lessons
Celebrate Dictionary Day (October 16)
Spark Interest in Spelling
Lesson Plan of the Day
See lesson plans posted on recent days:
Mondays Lesson Plan of the Day
Capital Ideas (for Teaching State Capitals)
Ideas and resources for teaching state capital names and locations. (Grades K-12)
Tuesdays Lesson Plan of the Day
Use maps to find the answers to questions about bat habitats in the United States. (Grades 3-12)
Wednesdays Lesson Plan of the Day
What Is Your B-estimate? (Making Best Estimates)
Estimate the number of kernels on an ear of corn. Plus more estimating challenges! (Grades 2-12)
Thursdays Lesson of the Day
"War of the Worlds": A Broadcast Re-Creation
Relive -- and re-create -- the panic-causing 1938 radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds." (Grades 6-12)
Fridays Lesson of the Day
Fun With Origami!
Hands-on activities teach about origami, an Asian paper-folding art form. (Grades 3-12)
Challenge students to create a human number line.
Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks Math Games With Joanne and Jane
This week: Dice Deluxe teaches 3-addend addition.
Learning Game of the Week
Generate lists of words in the Out of the Box vocab game.
Vicki Cobbs Show-Biz Science
Make butter, with science in mind.
Special Activities for This Week
Its Pumpkin Time
Lets Go Pumpkin Hunting (Following Directions)
Make a Shape-O-Lantern
Halloween Mice and Halloween Cookies
A Great Big Boo! (Art)
Counting Pumpkins in the Patch
From the Learning Machine
Explore the coolest resources on the Web.
From the Science Machine
Use Thrown for a Curve to explore physics concepts. (Grades 4-8)
From the Reading Machine
2Bee or Nottoobee reinforces verbs and present/past tense. (Grades 1-4)
From the Math Machine
Reaction Math is a fun Web site for teaching addition, subtraction, or multiplication. (Grades 1-12)
Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plans
Teacher Lesson #1
Calculate discounts, sales tax on a classroom shopping spree.
Teacher Lesson #2
Paper Bag Book Report combines literacy, community service.
Teacher Lesson #3
Writing takes shape in this activity based on The Greedy Triangle.
More Lesson Ideas
Book Report Makeover
Backpack-tivities (Homework Activities)
Technology Lesson Plans
Bulletin Boards That Teach
Bulletin Boards That Teach
Were Nuts About Reading -- In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, track students reading on this bulletin board.
Month of Fun: October
See some timely, fun, and educational Web resources for kids:
Stamps Scramble Puzzles (Grades 3-12)
Alaska Map/Quiz Printout (Grades 3-4)
Chemical Element Hangman (Grades 9-12)
Printable Measures Crossword Puzzle (Grades 4-8)
Word Search: Personal Character Traits (Grades 4-6)
Bats Cloze Activity (Grades 4-6)
Create a Silly Story (Grades 4-12)
Just for This Month!
See our October Month of Fun, October Word Search, and October Coloring Calendar. PLUS! Create your own work sheets for this months holidays and special days.