Whoooooo went the wind
And out went the light
Halloween is the perfect time to teach about
And 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
Ghosts go BOO! Doors squeak, chains rattle, leaves rustle and crunch.
The season is full of sounds. None more than the ones in this book:
I love this story. It is a great retell....you can add all your own sound effects. You can do it as a classroom reader's theater and spread the fright around (other classrooms are generally always up for a little presentation and short distraction). You can make a foldable or attach the pieces to a tall paint stick for retelling. You can make stick puppets.
And you can show students what a big word like onomatopoeia means.....don't you just love saying that word? I do! My kinders do too. Between Halloween and our unit in the spring about farm animals, my kindergarteners learn about this at least twice. Do they remember? YES!! Well, some do...some will remember when they hear it again...others will begin to recognize it in stories, even if they don't remember the big long grown-up word. Some will begin to use it in their writing, and SOME will tell you all about it when they are back in your class as 8 year old second graders!
I have put this together to help you do just that. It's free on my facebook fan page. There are stick puppets and an open the flaps book in two different sizes to help you retell the story.
It is great language development for ELL, for young ones, for those with speech and learning disabilities. It is good for oral language and comprehension. Heck....it is good fun for everyone!