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I recently did a Halloween episode of my Good Computer Kids web series, called "I Was A Preteen CAPSYbara" that I plan on showing the last couple weeks of October to my 3rd through 5th graders.
After that however, I am looking for a decent Halloween activity to do with them. We have done jack-o-lanterns in Paint in the past, but I am looking for something a little more intricate this year. Ideas?
I am working on the kids making a comic out of a picture of a pumpkin they searched for and download from the internet. My fourth grade students will be doing this toward the end of the month. I like this because they get quite a bit of talking in, and they have to use their imagination. I am not done with it yet, but I will upload an example. I am using a program called Comic Life, but I am sure you could use just about anything. Let me know if you can't see it. I will try to put it in a different format and send it that way.
How about having the kids create a Jack o'Lantern in Excel? See this post for the basic idea. You could even have the fifth graders write the directions for the third graders to follow.
Another idea might be to try doing animations on a Halloween topic. I used this site with my second graders and was amazed at the animations they came up with (no assigned topic). I'm sure even the fifth graders would enjoy this.
Wow, I use abcya.com all the time and had never stumbled across the animation part. That's awesome!
Thanks for the abcya animation clue. It is easy to use and really neat. I can't wait to use it.
I subscribe to Barbara Feldman's Surfing the Net with Kids newsletter and this week's topic is Halloween Writing Prompts.