Halloween Teachable Moments

Oct 22, 2014 by

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Halloween will be celebrated soon with costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, and tricks or treats.  Whether you celebrate Halloween the historic way, the modern way, or not at all, this holiday is a very interesting bit of world history.  Over the years, the historical Halloween traditions have been stretched into superstitions and tall tales.  Below are some lesson ideas and resources that you can use to take a closer look at Halloween with your students.

History Channel-Halloween

Halloween History

Library of Congress-The American Folklife Center-Halloween

Education World-Halloween Lessons

National Education Association Lessons

Make it Mobile:  Teachers could create QR Code triggers to place around the classroom so that when students scan them with their devices they find a link to research Halloween lore.  Some could be accurate and some could be fictitious so that students must work in teams and compare research to discern the truth from the fiction.

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