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Halloween is right around the corner. Do some number series practice with this pumpkin-themed worksheet.

Practice for the Number Series section of the CogAT or work on number patterns. Included are increasing, ABAB, and ABCABC patterns. An answer key is included.
Featured Activity: Halloween Spelling Game

Materials Needed: 
-somewhere to write down words (paper, chalkboard, easel, etc)
-this worksheet

What to do:
  1. Print this worksheet if your student will be doing this on a piece of paper or write the word "HALLOWEEN" where it will be visible to all your students.
  2. Find as many words as you can that can be made using the letters in the word "Halloween".
  3. Check the answer key for common words that your children will be familiar with.
This is a fun game to play with kids who are learning to spell, and it's easy for you to set up!
Art Project: Hexagon Spider Webs

Materials Needed:
-notched craft sticks
-white yarn
-spider rings
-scissors

What to do:
  1. Glue 3 of the notched craft sticks together in the center.
  2. Wrap the yarn around the craft stick at each notch, then move on to the next notch. Go in either a clockwise or counterclockwise path.
  3. It was easiest for us to start on the inside and work our way out.
  4. Cut and tie the end of the yarn. You will probably need to help your child with this. We made a loop so we could hang it up.
  5. Place one or more spider rings in your web.
As you make your web, see if your child can identify the shape. It is a hexagon because it has six sides. See if your child also makes the connection with the six points of the craft sticks. The points are the vertices, or corners, of the hexagon.
Short Story: Trick-Or-Treat
 
Jonah could not wait to go trick-or-treating on Halloween. He had to pick a costume to wear. He could not pick between a lion, a superhero, or a cowboy.

On Halloween night, Jonah put on a lion mask, a cowboy hat and boots, and a cape. He decided to dress up as all three!

Finally it was time to trick-or-treat. Jonah walked down the street in his silly super lion cowboy costume. He carried his pumpkin bucket, and he got so much candy!
Read the story together, then talk about it. Here are some discussion points for you and your child.

What do you want to dress up as for Halloween?

How do you think Jonah feels about candy? Why do you think that?

Talk about how sometimes it is okay to pick more than one thing, but other times you have to decide on only one thing.

Talk about safety when trick-or-treating.
  • Always stay with a grown-up - it's also a good idea to go in a group.
  • Don't walk in the street - use the sidewalk.
  • Use a flashlight or something that glows so drivers can see you.
  • Only go up to houses with a light on.
  • Don't eat candy that has already been opened.
  • Unless you know and trust the source, avoid homemade treats.

Happy Halloween!

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Your Photos and Feedback
Left photo: making a graph in the M&M game.
Right photo: little sister wants to play too - we sorted by color, then counted how many of each color. This was an easy modification for a kid who is just learning to count.
We will be playing this game with every fun size package of M&Ms we get for Halloween. If this year is anything like last year, we will get a LOT.

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