By Teachers, For Teachers
If you’re looking for a movie to watch this Halloween in your class, and incorporate a quick activity that will get your students thinking critically, look no further. The following movie list and coordinating lesson suggestions is sure to get your students excited. Whether you’re looking for a science lesson idea or a language arts lesson idea, TeachHUB's got you covered.
Monsters Inc (Rated G): In this Pixar classic, the monsters get electricity from scares, but come to discover that laughter is more powerful than screams any day. For a language arts activity, have students watch this movie and write about the things that make them laugh. For really young students, have them draw a picture of a monster doing something silly, so that the monster isn’t scary. If you want to relate the movie to a social studies lesson, incorporate it into a discussion about the invention of electricity. For a science lesson, use Monsters Inc to talk about how electricity works, and have students write about the use of electricity in the movie.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (Rated G): The timeless Winnie the Pooh can be used for a language arts writing activity in which students discuss the importance of friendship in the movie. They can relate the friendship between Roo and Lumpy to a friendship that they may have in their own lives. For a quick and easy math lesson idea, have students draw shapes on small pumpkins (real or paper) to make their own pumpkin faces.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Rated PG): If you get the chance to watch this movie with your English language arts students, you can have students choose a character to write about, and analyze their motives throughout the movie. What drives their actions? Have students explain and defend their beliefs with evidence from the film.
Hocus Pocus (Rated PG): In a Social Studies or History lesson, you can incorporate texts with information about the Salem Witch Trials as supplemental reading. Ask the students to discuss and then write about the differences between current the popular culture viewpoint on the Witch Trials and the historical reality of the Salem Witch Trials. For a fun science lesson, you can have students create their own witches brew with different chemicals to make a green smoky liquid.
While those are just a few ideas, we’d love to hear what you do in your classes for Halloween? Do you use Halloween movies to teach your subjects? Share in the comments below.