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September 20, 2019 CL Seasonal Activities Fall, ELA K-5, ELA Focus - Reading, ELA Resources - Graphic Organizers, ELA Seasonal - Fall, ELA Resources - Activities, Core Literacy

Halloween Reading Comprehension Worksheets and Graphic Organizers

Add some spooktacular elements to your classroom curriculum with my free Halloween reading comprehension worksheets, book suggestions, and interactive read aloud. Grab all the Halloween PDF printables now!


Holiday Activities in the Classroom

When I first started teaching, holidays took on a whole new meaning for me. I quickly learned to use all of the anticipation and excitement of approaching holidays to my advantage, by incorporating some of the ideas and symbols into practical learning experiences for my students.

In case you missed them in past years, I am going to share again a few of my favorite Halloween picture books, lessons, activities, and organizers.

Halloween Reading Comprehension Worksheets

I have a bundle of Halloween Reading Resources you can download to strengthen reading comprehension.

The first worksheet lists my favorite Halloween books and then gives suggestions for using The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons for a reading comprehension activity.

The second printable worksheet is a Pumpkin Template I use after reading The Pumpkin Book to have students record their favorite pumpkin facts.

The third Halloween reading comprehension worksheet is my Haunted House Graphic Organizer. This graphic organizer can be used as a pre-writing brainstorming session, before having your students write a spooky story — or it can be used as a story map to identify the main characters, problem, plot events, and solution after reading one of their favorite Halloween books. 

Download my Halloween Reading Resources now!

Harness the enthusiasm students have for Halloween and get them reading! Download the Halloween Reading Resources and use them with students as you read your favorite spooky stories throughout the month.

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Halloween Graphic Organizers

The other Halloween reading comprehension worksheets I have available for download are my Halloween Graphic Organizers! Holiday-themed graphic organizers are an easy way to keep things new and interesting. My bundle includes a Pumpkin Venn Diagram, Spider Story Web, and a 5Ws & 1H Pumpkin Web.

Halloween Graphic Organizers

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Halloween Interactive Read Aloud

Take advantage of the Halloween hysteria to teach students the different characteristics of birds and bats with an Interactive Read Aloud of Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.

This book can be enjoyed in almost any elementary classroom (K-5). Janell Cannon has a wonderful way of teaching kids about animals without them even realizing they are learning. One of my favorite things about her books is how she often provides factual information about the topic at the end of the book in the author's notes to increase the readers’ understanding of the text. 

Stellaluna is the heartwarming story of a fruit bat that makes a home with a family of birds after she is separated from her mother. Kids will learn about the different characteristics of birds and bats as they enjoy this story about friendship, compromise, and acceptance.

Download the critical thinking Read Aloud of Stellaluna now!


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Top 10 Halloween Picture Books for Elementary Students

A frequently-visited section in any classroom library is often the “Holiday Collection” of books. Children just love to read holiday-inspired books. It seems that holiday magic can be enjoyed at any time of the year!

Here are a few of my favorite Halloween picture books. Please note that some books are not specifically about Halloween, but rather are on Halloween-related topics, such as bats and spiders.

If you don't already have these books in your classroom library collection, I recommend you order them new online or check out eBay!

  1. Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

  2. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams 

  3. In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting

  4. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat by Lucille Colandro

  5. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

  6. Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies

  7. The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerlizzi

  8. The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg 

  9. The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

  10. Series books such as: Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown or Franklin’s Halloween by Paulette Bourgeois