It's that time again.. when children's questions turn to "What are you going to be for Halloween?" I always tell my kids, " It's a surprise!"
It is also the time for my favorite Halloween books!!!
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson is a cute story about some helpful animals who find "room on the broom" of a generous witch. This clever story has rhyme, repetitive text, the theme of cooperation, and beautiful illustrations.
There are a lot of fun teachable ideas that arise from this story. With first or second graders, you could write a class version choosing different animals who take a ride on the broom.
I love writing the story's pattern on chart paper, but leaving blanks to make new versions. The kids love changing the words to make the story silly or funny!
This is also a great story to turn into a Reader's Theater or make puppets for a retell.
Click below for a few more Halloween read alouds:
October 2009 Halloween Posts