Happy October! I’m excited to share my October themed writing crafts, perfect for any writer in your classroom. How do you celebrate this month in your classroom? My kiddos usually love to write about the changes happening around us (it’s beautiful here in Seattle during the fall) so they drive their inspiration from their surroundings. With Halloween a hit or miss in most schools, I wanted to offer a variety of crafts for this month as well as some fun writing prompts to go along with them!
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This time of the year is perfect for both fiction and non-fiction writing. I always explicitly teach non-fiction after winter break, but I always try to get some bat and pumpkin resources out there during this time of the year. My students always went crazy for anything bat related! But as it is October, this is the perfect month to explore small moments and short stories.
1. Informational Writing on Bats
Bats are perfect to explore during this spooky month! Your kids can easily learn all about the life cycle and use this flippable book pages to explain their learning. The fact posters from Proud To Be Primary’s Bat Unit is a perfect companion to this craft, giving your students the ability to take what they learn and apply it directly into the personal batty books.
2. Why I LOVE/HATE Candy Corn
Let’s be real, this is the ultimate debate. Students can explain fully why they love or hate this type of candy. They can give examples on the multiple pages on why it is their favorite or not so favored treat. The best part is you can grab this craftivity for FREE by clicking below!
3. Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
This is another go to during this time of the year. I would always begin my lesson on pumpkins by watching a video of the full cycle. During this time, students can explain each process the pumpkin goes through during their life and pair it up with a picture to match the cycle.
4. What the Jack O Lantern Saw on Halloween Night
Now something silly, if you are allowed (if not, it can be as simple as what did the pumpkin SEE at the patch or grocery store). My kiddos have such vivid imaginations and this is the perfect time to let them run free with a story all about the wild night. The best part, sharing the stories and having a giggle at all the pictures they paint with their curious Jack O Lantern book.
5. Small Moments using Any October Craft
Ideally, we want our students to always be writing experiences from their own lives so any of these books would be perfect companions to making that happen. Almost all students have some sort of connection to one of the crafts below, even if they don’t celebrate the Halloween holiday. This could be a perfect choice activity where they choose what they want to share from their lives during this month!
So, how do you celebrate October in your classroom? Are you allowed to approach the idea of Halloween at all in your school district? I’m curious to know more about your classroom! If you found this useful and want to share with your other teacher friends, pin the image above! And if your in need of more fall time inspiration, make sure to check out my pinterest board full of ideas perfect for this time of the year!