Halloween writing prompts

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  1. hipteachergirl

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    Okay, I know there isn't much of Oct. left, but I just thought of this and wanted to use it in my classroom. I am going to make a cauldron out of construction paper (complete with flames and all) :eek: to hang up. (not a large one) Inside I want to put Halloween or spooky-themed writing prompts. The kids will go up and pic from the cauldron and they will each get a diff prompt. I know there are sites out there, but I want a LOT of different prompts. I thought I'd come here for some suggestions. Also, can you think of anything catchy to put on the front? I am planning on leaving this up for a few weeks. Oh, and they are 5th graders!
    Just wondering..

    Thanks in Advance,

    Angel
     
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  3. runsw/scissors

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    Grade?

    "It was a dark and stormy night."

    Yeah, I should have read further. Find some classic story starters like the one above. Ask them to write out plans for the ideal haunted house being made for second grade students. Describe Halloween costumes with no fewer than six adjectives. Also, Red Ribbon Week is next week. Can you do something about the horrors of drugs?
     
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    good idea, thanks! Our reading buddies are in the 2nd grade so that would be good.
     
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    My 5th graders are writing a paragraph, starting with the phrase, "When I was trick-or-treating, I saw..." They can be as creative as they want. I haven't read them yet, so I don't know how effective a prompt it is though. I did a prompt last year where students wrote about a trip they took on a broom with a witch named Winnie.

    As for titles for the cauldron, what about "Spooktacular Ideas" or something like that.
     
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    I knew I shouldn't have dressed as a ghost ....

    That house gave the absolutely worst treats ....

    Trick or T..... eeeeeeeeekkkkkkk!

    You expect me to wear what???

    Should we go down this street? It looks awfully creepy....

    Just one more house and then we'll be done.

    Oh, no, my bag broke.
     
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    Hmmm. I like all of these! This may add to the week before Halloween (next week) so we can do some exciting activities in class. I thought of the creepy beginning like "It was a dark and stormy night." You may also find some first-liners from other spooky movies.
     
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    I love them. I made a little thing for them to go in. Once I laminate it, I'll post a picture for you all to see. I just wrote the story starters on index cards (4"x6") in sharpie.
     
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    Get a collection of short stories and take the opening lines from the stories.
     
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    Used this one today: If the weather forcast for Halloween was calling for bad weather, how would this force you to alter your costume plans?
     
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    Maybe also look at Halloween poetry and gather different four-or-five line starters from those to have students write stories from the poems. I don't know... I might be off my rocker... but it could work... maybe. :)
     
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    Do you share halloween candy with your brothers or sisters?

    what makes your favorite halloween candy your favorite?

    what was your best trick or treating experience? -- what were you dressed as?

    If you saw a younger child crying because their halloween bag broke what would you do?

    Do ghosts go boo?

    how do you carve a pumpkin?

    have you ever been spooked?

    how do you make pumpkin pie?
     
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    Favorite Halloween traditions
     
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    I have decided to use some of these... and besides that, have the students share the stories around a "campfire" in the dark on Halloween with a black light and eerie music in the background.
     

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