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I love all holidays. I especially love incorporating
holiday activities in the classroom whenever possible. Students are constantly distracted by the events surrounding the holidays so I feel if I can give them some holiday-related activities, they will be more engaged in the lesson. Even though holiday lessons can be fun, it can be hard to find time
within your schedule to include holiday activities. This is a really fun
writing activity one of my second grade co-teachers introduced me to. The best part is the lesson meets Common Core Standards.
The goal of this activity is for students to create their
own haunted house and to produce a sale ad persuading people to buy their
house. Their audience is not your every day family. Instead, they should pretend
their audience is more like the Addam’s Family or even Zombies (who continue to
rise in popularity). For this activity, students are to create the scariest,
grossest, and most haunted house they can imagine.
  • Web: Students can
    brainstorm ideas about what features they would like in their haunted house.
  • Page 1: Draw the
    exterior of the haunted house. Name the haunted house.
  • Page 2: is Optional:
    Draw two interior rooms in the house (most students like to draw the bathrooms
    or a bedroom). You may choose to leave this out based on time or provide it as
    an additional activity for early finishers.
  • Page 3: Students
    fill in the name of the house. They should list the features of the house,
    address, and the realtor (they should think creatively on who might sell a
    haunted house). Lastly, they should write an opinionated description of why people
    should buy this house. They are writing to persuade the reader to purchase
    their house.
  • Page 4: Additional
    page if a student needs more space to write.

See example of page 3 below. It is far less interesting than what my students have produced in the past. 
  • Intended for Grades 2-5.
  • I included a list of Halloween words adapted from
    Enchantedlearning.com. Please feel free to edit this list to meet the level and
    needs of your students. 
Common Core
This writing activity can fall under the following Common
Core English Language Arts & Literacy standards.
Grades 2-5:
To connect your objective to common core, students should: state an opinion
(that someone should buy their house) and reasons to support their opinion (why
someone should buy their house).

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