Melissa´s hopefully helpful ESL Halloween lesson Plan
Have fun using this Lesson Plan with the scary soundtrack video!
(There is another video with an A to Z of Halloween vocabulary at the bottom of the page – and a page with dictionary definitions of all the words)
When you have completed the listening activity (see below), you can help students with the speaking and writing activity by showing the video with some of the useful vocabulary which will help them improve their story telling/writing.
You can download the lesson plan from Scribd, but it is also all written out for you in this blopost.
BTW, there are more lesson ideas from Melissa here.
Put students into groups and ask them to find as many words as possible in 5-10 mins from the words
eg. hello, when, ape, yellow etc
Elicit the following verbs from the students. Probably best to act them if you are feeling dramatic!
Whistle, splash, shout, scream, walk, drive, ring (phone), bark, howl, play, run, rattle, sing, fall, cackle, breathe, clap, yawn, laugh.
Make them practice these in any way you like eg. they act/explain one to their partner and their partner guesses, they act/explain to the whole class, they use them in a sentence, whatever you like…
Play the video to the students (but don’t let them see it -i.e. just LISTEN to the soundtrack). It is a story told with only sound effects. Ask students to complete the worksheet 1 by ticking the verbs they hear.
Check as a group they ticked the correct ones = drive, walk, bark, play, creak, laugh, scream, run, fall, splash.
Play the track again and ask them to imagine the story.
Ask students to tell their story to their partner.
More vocab to help with creative writing
Do an A-Z as a class or in partners thinking of good Halloweeny verbs, adjectives and adverbs eg, afraid, blood, cry, dark, eerie ……
Go through some collocations with the original verbs – use worksheet 2 if you like.
Listen again for inspiration
Ask students to listen again and also make notes for their story
Students write their story in the class or for homework using as much interesting vocab as possible
Match these words to their spooky (or not) partners!
Yawn Splash Clap Scream Breathe
Walk Cackle Drive Sing Bark
Howl Play Rattle Run Whistle
Shout Fall Laugh Ring creak
on tip toe
for your life
You may also like to use this video with an A to Z of Halloween vocabulary
The definitions for all the words are in this learning English vocabulary article HERE