Halloween is so much fun when you are a kindergarten student. When you are a Kindergarten TEACHER, however, the holiday can easily become crazy and stressful. So much sugar, so much excitement, so many costumes. The secret to any successful holiday celebration in the classroom is keeping your students busy. If you can sneak in a little academics, that's even better!
I love any type of graphing activity with my students, but often the follow-up questions are so complicated and have so many words, that my students need the assistance of an adult to complete the activity. That sort of defeats the entire purpose of giving my class an activity. I need my students to work independently so I can play the role of Super Teacher and manage all of the other holiday festivities.
I created this simple marshmallow graphing activity as an in-class assignment that my kindergarten students could successfully complete my themselves. I handed each child a bag of 10 assorted Halloween marshmallows (with pumpkin, candy corn, and ghost shapes) and spent approximately 3 minutes on directions for this activity. Once the graph was complete, students answered two simple questions to analyze the data in their graphs. The picture names were labeled to provide an instant reference as students recorded answers to their questions. Every child in the class was able to successfully complete his/her graph with minimal assistance from me. Success!
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Popcorn Monster Hands
My students also created a classic Halloween craft at our class party – popcorn monster hands! I love this craft for a few reasons. First of all, it keeps my students engaged. Secondly, it's an edible project that only involves a tiny bit of sugar (5 pieces of candy corn to be exact). Halloween is fun, but so many of the crafts and treats revolve around sugar. I am responsible for the well-being of my students in the classroom and filling the children with sugar doesn't seem like I am looking out for their best interests at all.
Kids don't need sugar to be happy on Halloween. My kindergarten students had a blast creating their monster hands!
The finished hands were adorable and delicious!