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The 13 Days of Halloween

Students will practice counting through the creation of a Halloween (or any holiday!) counting book.

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The 13 Days of Halloween

Task

Goblins are coming, witches are getting out their brooms, and black cats are ready to cross your path. It must be close to Halloween!

As part of a Halloween celebration, practice your counting skills and create a 13 days of Halloween project. You will create one page showing a Halloween object “my goblin gave to me”. Your teacher will put all of the class pages together for a complete presentation.

Engage

Read the story the Two Little Witches by Harriet Ziefert and Simms Taback to help students practice their counting skills, experience a repetitive story form, and get them thinking about characters associated with Halloween.

Work as a class to brainstorm a list of these objects. Write them in a place all students can see.

Next, ask students if anyone knows the "12 Days of Christmas" carol. Play it so they can all remember or experience it for the first time.

Create

Tell students that they are going to create a "13 Days of Halloween" project. Ask them if anyone knows the “12 Days of Christmas” carol. Play it so they can all remember or experience it for the first time. If you don’t have a copy, you can find many free versions of this old English carol online.

Tell students that they are going to create a similar project, but instead of Christmas, this project will focus on the “13 Days of Halloween.”

For example, “On the second day of Halloween, my goblin gave to me 2 ghosts.” Assign each student a specific number or a template with all thirteen!

sample 3rd day of Halloween

Explain to students that they will use Wixie to create a page that includes a specific number of Halloween characters based on the song. Assign each student a specific number.

If your students have their own devices or are technology power users, assign them a template with all 13 days!

You can find a template for this in the Wixie Activities folder that you can assign to students. When students open this activity, the Library panel automatically shows the Halloween stickers library.

If your students are new to Wixie, demonstrate how to add objects to a page, type text, and record their voice. You might also ask them to create their own pictures using paint tools. You can also create a template each student can use so they only have to type in the name of the object.

Read about a similar project by a class in Maryland.

Have each student choose the Halloween object they wish to count on their page. Have a parent, aide, or school buddy work with each student at a center in your classroom to develop their page, or have the entire class work on their pages at the same time in the computer lab. Make sure everyone is aware of the Halloween folder of images in the Holidays folder in the Stickers library.

Share

Use the Import Pages feature in the Wixie menu to combine student work into a single class book. Share the book in its interactive form on a classroom web site or present it from a local computer. You can also export the file as an ePub or PDF to send home with students to read with their families.

You could also print copies of each student's page as trading cards or comics. Have students cut them out, trade them, and then work to put them in the correct sequence to make their own set of Halloween cards to take home.

Assessment

This fun project is designed to apply basic counting and number sense. At a glance you can assess student ability. Printing out pages at small size so students can order and organize provides additional opportunity to evaluate number sense.

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Resources

Ziefert, Harriet and Taback, Simms. Two Little Witches: A Halloween Counting Story. ISBN: 0763618942

Standards

Common Core Anchor Standards for Mathematics - Kindergarten

Counting and Cardinality

1. Count to 100 by ones and by tens.

3. Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).

4. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

5. Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.

Common Core Anchor Standards for English Language Arts - Kindergarten

Writing Theme

Production and Distribution of Writing

4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Range of Writing

10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences

Speaking and Listening Theme

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

ISTE NETS for Students 2016:

6. Creative Communicator
Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. Students:

a. choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

b. create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

d. publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

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