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 saraebeth Joined: Mar 2007 Posts: 2,495 Senior Member
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10-29-2007, 05:24 PM
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I want to do some fun stuff for my class for halloween but I'm not sure what 5th graders will think is "fun." Any ideas? We are going to make spooky hands with popcorn and candy corn for nails in a food service glove.

 1956BD Joined: Aug 2007 Posts: 30,066 Senior Member
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10-29-2007, 06:01 PM
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are hard to please at times. There are many great ideas on www.mathwire.com. Check it out, maybe something there will work. Tell your students you have to do math, but you hope this will be a little different than their normal routine.

You could make a jack-o-lantern together. You demonstrate. They take notes. Then they write a "how to" paper.

You could predict the weight of the pumpkin beforehand. Then weigh it. Maybe who ever estimated the closest gets a prize. Also predict the number of seeds inside. Then divide them up and have students count their portion. Then add them altogether. Again, the person with the closest guess could receive the prize. Predict weight after seeds and pulp are removed, then weigh it again. Maybe the jack-o-lantern could be a prize. Take a flash light to put inside it, then turn off the lights and enjoy a good story. Plant some seeds in cups. See if they grow. Take some seeds home and roast them for a healthy snack the next day. Better yet get a parent to do this for the class.

My favorite story to read aloud on Halloween is The Widow's Broom. Also The Boy of a Thousand Faces is good. Then there is an old one from the 80's called Tog the Ribber or Granny's Tale. I think fifth graders would like all of these. Tog the Ribber is especially challenging because it is filled with nonsense words, so you have to use context clues to determine the meaning. I always read it twice. First time without pictures and second time with pictures. Their imaginations go wild and they want to discuss it a great deal.

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 1956BD Joined: Aug 2007 Posts: 30,066 Senior Member
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Personalized Halloween Word Problems
10-29-2007, 06:21 PM
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I wrote these problems for my students a few years ago. Now I just change the names each year to my new student names. For some reason it is more fun to do math when the problems are about the holiday and have "your" name in them. Go figure. They probably are too easy for your fifth graders, but it will give you an idea to work with.

Good luck and have a happy Halloween.
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 GraceK Joined: Jul 2007 Posts: 3,295 Senior Member
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10-29-2007, 11:12 PM
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1956-- thanks so much for the great ideas!! I was wondering the same thing about my 5th graders, so I was happy to tsee this thread on here

 MaryMac Joined: Sep 2005 Posts: 2,888 Senior Member
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Thanks 1956BD
10-30-2007, 03:18 PM
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I quickly changed the names to my kids names this morning. Like you said, they don't seem to mind the work when their names are included! Go figure! How very nice of you to share!

 1956BD Joined: Aug 2007 Posts: 30,066 Senior Member
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10-30-2007, 03:53 PM
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from Pro Teacher, it is nice to give back a little.

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