Halloween presents so many amazing opportunities for writing… and eating!
Why not combine the two and have a class celebration that is fun, but still aligns to the curriculum. I am not the biggest fan of class parties. Let’s just get that out there. Some teachers love it, but I am not one of those teachers. I love to teach, not party plan. That’s why when Halloween rolls around and classroom parties abound, I try to come up with an activity the kids will find appealing and will also provide a solid review of skills or strategies.
This Dangerous Donut Halloween writing activity fits the bill! It is short and sweet, literally and figuratively! It won’t break the bank either! All you need is a donut with a center hole for each student (parents are very happy to provide these, in most cases), plastic fangs from a local party store or dollar store, and chocolate chips! That’s it! Simple.
You can give directions for students to follow or, as I have done in the past, leave the activity open-ended and see what they come up with as a finished product!
You can download my HALLOWEEN FREEBIE which will give you some pics to share with students.
After the Dangerous Donuts are assembled, provide this handy sheet (get it here) to each student. They can come up with a name for their Donut and construct a short “How To” paragraph to explain the process of creating their donut!
I love simple, but meaningful activities like this one. There is a word bank provided on the sheet, which of course you could add to by creating an amazing anchor chart, if that’s your thing. Also, there are sequence words provided to help your students organize their writing. All of this is on one page so you’re not inundated with copies. Happy Halloween Writing!
I think it goes without saying that eating the donuts is a pretty sweet treat and maybe the highlight of the activity! Yum! I haven’t met many donuts I don’t like!
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Just a note:
Another option would be to create only one class donut and have the students retrace your steps in their writing. This is perfect if you are not having a party and do not want to deal with students eating all those donuts! The writing activity can still be accomplished with one dangerous donut for the class. You could even vote on a name for your new class “pet”! Have fun with it! My 4th graders sure did!
*This resource includes both “donut” and “doughnut”. You can choose the spelling you’re most comfortable with using.