I love Halloween. There's no real rhyme or reason to why I love the spookiest holiday out there when I'm a total chicken who screams at the sight of even the smallest of the small spiders. The only Halloween movie I'll watch without wimping out is Double, Double, Toil and Trouble featuring the Olson twins.
I have several fun things to share with you this month, but I thought I would kick it off with an idea born from Walmart.
I found these little zombies in the big bins of Halloween party goods. I couldn't resist buying three packs (of 4) for .97 cents each. I blame liking creepy finger puppets on my grandmother. She always had a supply of them (aliens) when I was younger. It brought back lots of pleasant childhood memories, which is one of my rules of thumb when shopping for therapy supplies. Children can still find wonder in these tiny little objects even if we do spend more time waving I-pads and computers in their faces rather than actual toys. The zombies will serve mostly as a reinforcer for the younger groups, but my older students will have to earn them in a more game-like approach.
I created a short file called, Zombies Among Us, which focuses on syntax. It's black and white so my students can color the zombie face for the correct part of speech using Colorful Semantics. We're focusing on nouns, verbs, and adjectives so the color choice is limited to orange, yellow, and purple. I also threw in some describing tasks in the hopes of getting them to spark up conversations with each other. They earn a zombie for every 3-5 cards they complete. I plan on letting them swap a task card by giving up a zombie in the hopes of avoiding the terrible "I don't know."
If you are daring enough to witness my artistic capabilities with the zombie images, you can download the freebie here.