I found a new Halloween Book to use with my students this month. The book is The 12 Days of Halloween and it’s by Jenna Lettice. I created some visuals to pair with the book along with visual questions. If you are interested in a Free copy click link – The 12 Days of Halloween
The book is similar to The 12 Days of Valentine’s which I used around Valentine’s Day. It starts on the “first day of Halloween” and keeps repeating the previous day’s item(s). “One the first day of Halloween what showed up at our door?” Then I had my student find the picture of the trick-or-treater and place it in the book. We counted “one trick-or-treater”.
“On the second day of Halloween what showed up at our door?….two stuffed scarecrows”. I pointed to the two scarecrows on the page and my students and I counted “one, two”. Then I had a student find the picture of the scarecrows and attach it in the book.
I continued on this way throughout the book. We counted the number of Halloween items on each page and worked on answering “how many” and other “wh” questions throughout the book. For example, “How many jack-o-lanterns?” and “What color are the jack-o-lanterns?” I really like the illustrations in this book. For your lower functioning students you can give them a choice of 2 pictures and simplify the language as you read the book.
We would say all the items over again. “Six ghosts a-spooking, five bags of candy, four scary costumes, three jack-o-lanterns, two stuffed scarecrows, and on very eager trick-or-treater.” I actually sometimes flipped back through the pages to review all those concepts after each new day.
Lots of great adjectives, verbs, and holiday vocabulary terms to model for your students.
After we finished reading the book, I had my students answer the questions. I would read the first question and all three answer choices. If the student knew the answer he/she could color/circle the answers. Then I would go onto the second question.
With some of my group I had to use the book to help answer each question. I would show them the page again and review that day’s item. For example, “seven spiders crawling”. “What did you see on the 7th day….pumpkin pie, pirates, spiders?”
I changed the level of prompting depending on my students’ skill level for that group. I really enjoyed this book. Hope you can use this resource with your students. Here is the link again –The 12 Days of Halloween