It's that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start thinking about fun, hands-on activities to keep your small math intervention groups engaged. While it's important to keep the focus on math practice, there's no reason you can't incorporate some holiday tricks and treats into your lesson plans.
In this blog post, I'm sharing our favorite Halloween theme activities for math!
Perhaps the easiest way to incorporate some festive fun is to replace everyday math manipulatives with Halloween treats! Plastic spiders are easy to find this time of year, but feel free to substitute ANY spooky (or not so spooky) math counters – candy corn, pom poms, and mini erasers are our favorites!
These task boxes are perfect for young students to sneak in fine motor skills with Halloween math activities. Use the cute ghosts as math counting touch points, count the flying bats, witch warts (!!!), and zombie fingers!
This Halloween math activity is great for practicing composing and decomposing within 10. Divide the cards into individual student task boxes or use as warm-ups in your small groups. Add the Halloween math mat into a plastic dry erase sleeve for visual practice of all the different ways to make ten.
Early learners can enjoy Halloween-themed activities while sharpening the following skills – number identification, counting, and subitizing. Add these student materials to sensory bins, task boxes, or create file folder activities. The best part of this Halloween collection is that differentiation is built right in – students can enjoy the same cute little pumpkin theme while targeting the important skills they need.
A free download for math independent work! Add this Halloween worksheet to morning work or for early finishers during math centers. Idea: print extra Halloween worksheets to create easy Halloween file folders to use throughout the month of October.
A fun way to incorporate more hands-on sensory play! Add math task cards to a themed bin (pom poms, plastic spiders and bats, googly eyes, popsicle sticks). This type of activity is easy to differentiate – use the same bin and simply change out the student task cards (number recognition, number sense, and number bonds). This sensory bin set is based on favorite Halloween books:
Halloween is a great time to get creative with your teaching resources and have some fun with your students! These educational Halloween activities are just a few ideas to get you started in the special education classroom setting. I'm sure you can think of many more ways to make math practice spooktacular!