Quick question for you: Where does a ghost go on Saturday night?
Answer: Anywhere he can boo-gie!
Ah, it’s that time of year again! Piles of candy, fun costumes, spooky stories, and if you’re really lucky, cheesy Halloween jokes. With all this fun and excitement going on, it can be tough for students to stay focused on the math world of integers, slope, and graphs. But with just a few adjustments, we can help students stay on top of math while having fun. Use these Halloween math strategies and resources to enjoy the season while staying on track with the math.
Cheesy Halloween Jokes
A great way to inject a little whimsy and Halloween fun is with Halloween jokes. Add them to your whiteboard, class website, or sprinkle them throughout your lesson. Here’s a link to a great collection of Halloween jokes. Be warned- they are extra cheesy. Which, of course, makes them extra awesome! Here’s a few examples:
Q: Where do baby ghosts go during the day?
Q: What kind of protozoa likes Halloween?
A: An amoeboo!
I mean, how great are those?! I can just hear the groans from my students now!
Halloween themes in math problems
When you ask math questions throughout the week leading up to Halloween, embrace the seasonal, and don’t be afraid to be a little silly. Some topics to consider:
- pounds of candy
- odds of surviving a zombie apocalypse
- time spent trick or treating relative to candy received
- anything with costumes, ghosts, haunted houses, and of course, pumpkins.
Incorporate math resources
A few years ago I had a hard time finding a fun math activity for my students to do for Halloween. But now, there are more and more resources readily available for teachers. What ever you’re currently studying or review with your students, you will likely be able to find a Halloween math resource. And just like that, students will be a bit more engaged and enthusiastic than they would with a non-seasonal version. Weird, I know. But year after year that’s exactly what I see with my students. Here are few to check out:
I love this great freebie and blog post over at Math Giraffe. What a fun way to have students practice with equations!
This pack contains all 6 Halloween math resources at a steal of a deal!
Free to Discover has great sets of Halloween math themed partner stations. These provide students the opportunity to be moving and learning, while enjoying the season.
This Graveyard Scavenger Hunt from Wilcox’s Way reviews scale drawings and other concepts. I can’t wait to use this with my 7th grade group this year!
I hope these ideas help you navigate this Halloween season. To read even more easy ways to bring Halloween fun into the middle school classroom, plus 2 great freebies, check out “13 Halloween Math Activities.”
Here’s one more cheesy Halloween joke- feel free to impress your colleagues, students, friends, and family with its awesomeness!
Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the party?
He had no body to dance with.
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