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Halloween- Poetry and Drama for Your Classes
by Josie Whitehead
Would you like to combine poetry and drama for your classes for Halloween day? Children love both of these subjects and this is an excellent opportunity to liven up the poetry lesson by bringing in drama and art also.
As a children's poet, I have written four very good poems for you to choose from for the day, which I know your children will love. I know this as I have already tried them on classes and the result was excellent:
THE SIX LITTLE PUMPKINS
My very latest poem is called "The Six Little Pumpkins". I am now writing a section of poems for children aged from 3 upwards. Many of them can be put to music as a song, and I'm sure that teachers can quickly think of a tune for them. They can be action poems. If parents can supply the classes with pumpkins, prepared and ready to be lit, the children can do the action poem with their pumpkin. The six little pumpkins have their heads cut off, and children can lift the top from their pumpkin. They have their centres scooped out, and children can enact this (although theirs will be already done). They can easily point to the eyes and grinning mouth and a lit pumpkin can be produced by the teacher.
HALLOWEEN AT SPOOKS' PALACE
For children aged from 5 - 10: There is a fun poem called "Halloween at Spooks' Palace". This is an excellent opportunity for children to decorate their classrooms, as they might decorate Spooks' Palace. They will enjoy making the monster footprints, and the bats and ghosts to hang from above. The Monster Munchy pie can be left to a few of the Mums to come up with ideas. The witches broomsticks are, of course, Twiglets. The Beetle Juice is Ribena, and the spiders' legs - - well, you don't need me to tell you everything do you? Split the children into groups well beforehand, and let them decide what each group will do. They may like to provide halloween costumes. You could get the children to perhaps learn one verse each, and recite it in an interesting way. They need to learn how to speak out to their audience slowly and clearly, and whilst they are doing this, the others in the group can act.
Older children, in particular, will love this poem. It has such a melody to it, that you can almost hear the music. Bring in your music teacher to work on this one with the class. I can imagine drama and music, but also art and especially dance with this poem. Tell the children that I've used the letter S many times in this poem, especially in verse 5, for effect, as it is a letter which can be used if you want to bring into your poem a feeling of eeriness. Let them count how many s's they can hear.
I've written quite a few poems about witches and fairies which are quite fun for children. There are two funny poems which spring to mind: The Witch Called Mabel and a particularly funny poem called "Just Learning to Fly." In this poem, the witch has an instructor who is gradually losing patience with her. She can't fly because she has forgotten her magic word. Eventually he sends her off to her party on her broomstick, but I'm afraid he gives her a one-way ticket to the moon.
So, do bring your classrooms to life with art, music, drama but above all POETRY this Halloween. If you would like this poet to visit your class via Skype, please see my website.
POEM DETAILS: The poems are all my own work and can be found only on my own website: Josie's Poetry. The above poems will be available under "Halloween" poems on the menu but there are hundreds of new poems all with voice recordings for your classrooms, plus Skype visits to classrooms on this website.
About the Author:
Josie is a retired teacher but also a children's poet who has now written well over 300 of her own poems for children, which can be found on Josie's Poetry. There is an excellent selection of new poems for Halloween and November 5th on this website.
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