Halloween Vocabulary Lesson

It’s almost that spooky time of year again! Kids in many countries are getting excited for Halloween on October 31. To get your class into the eerie spirit, try our Halloween vocabulary lesson!

This eight-page Word Bank lesson includes a colorful picture dictionary with Halloween images including pumpkin, jack-o’-lantern, ghost, skeleton, witch, etc. Activities such as a matchup, word choice, word search, word scramble, and spelling bee help make this lesson engaging and fun. Finish up with the discussion questions so that your students can try using the new vocabulary in context! (more…)

Film It! Tips for Getting Children to Be Directors

“I believe my camera should always be in one hand and a good script in the other. That makes it possible for storytelling to come to life.” —Leticia Alaniz

“Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director.” —James Cameron

‘Tis the season to celebrate with your students! Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays around the world take place in fall and winter. One of the best ways for students to learn and teach others about the way they celebrate is by producing a movie. (more…)

That’s Wicked! 20+ Halloween Activities, Apps & Tools Kids Will Love All Year Long

“As astronauts and space travelers children puzzle over the future; as dinosaurs and princesses they unearth the past…as monsters and gremlins they make sense of the unreal.” —Gretchen Owocki

Children across the globe enjoy dressing up, monsters, ghosts, witches, sorcerers, and horror. Halloween is that time of the year to explore spooky themes that will get your students learning English, science, history, math, and culture hands-on. However, the fun does not have to end on Halloween. Feel free to use any of these wickedly awesome activities, apps, and resources throughout the year to continue to engage your young learners! (more…)

Expressing Fear and Phobias: English Idioms

Spiders, snakes, small spaces, and storms. What do these things have in common? Ask your students this question. If they say that these words all start with “s,” ask them to guess again! These “s” words are all things people are scared of! Other common phobias include the fear of germs, dogs, needles, and flight.

This week in the Spotlight, we are featuring our Discovery Center lesson plan on Spiders. After you try the lesson plan, get your students talking about their own fears and phobias. Your students will have fun learning NEW English idioms and sayings that are related to fear. (more…)


With Halloween coming up on October 31, it’s the perfect time to learn about Spiders!

Our creepy, crawly Spiders lesson in our Discovery Center includes discussion questions, vocabulary development tasks, a crossword, a word maze, comprehension questions, and a short reading full of interesting facts (did you know there’s one bug spiders won’t eat?). There is even an optional black-and-white title page for your students to color.

For more Halloween activities and lessons to do this week, check out Spooky Halloween Fun for Young Learners on our blog! We’ll also have two new blog posts for you this week: Fear and Phobias – English Idioms on Tuesday and That’s Wicked! 20+ Halloween Activities, Apps & Tools Kids Will Love All Year Long on Wednesday. (more…)

Halloween Costumes – ESL Listening Activity

Halloween takes place on October 31. Will your students be dressing up for the occasion? Do they know how to respond to the standard question that people are asking kids at this time of year?

“What are you going to be for Halloween?”

Talking about Halloween costumes before the big day is useful for practicing “going to” to make simple future plans.

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Spooky Halloween Fun for Young Learners

If you live in a country that celebrates Halloween, you’ll soon be surrounded by little witches, zombies, and pirates! With the focus on costumes and candy, it’s a given that kids love Halloween. Teachers can make the most of this time of year by decorating their classrooms, putting on a costume parade, and having pumpkin-carving contests. There are many ways to make Halloween educational as well. Read on for many spooky ideas! (more…)