Haunted House Excitement
Third graders love pictures, glue, scissors, and Halloween. This lesson combines all of the above and teaches about bar graphs to boot! The materials are simple: construction paper (black, brown, white, orange, and blue), scissors, and glue.
1. Begin with a little excitement - tell them that they will be making haunted houses! First, though, they need to gather information. They can either fill out a personal questionnaire or, to practice data gathering, they can acquire the details from someone else and make the picture for that person.
2. You can vary the questions you use, but each answer will correspond to an element of the picture.
I'll provide an example. How many people are in your family? Answer indicates the number of ghosts in the picture. How many pets do you have? Answer indicates the number of pumpkins in the pictures. Are you a boy or a girl? Answer will determine the color of the roof on the house. How many rooms in your house? Answer indicates the number of bats in the picture. In what month were you born? Answer indicates the message on the haunted house's sign.
3. After the students have answered all questions, they can begin working on their glyphs, by cutting out ghosts, bats, pumpkins, and whatever other elements you have decided to include in your haunted house project.
4. Students glue those pieces on a large piece of construction paper. It is always helpful to provide an example for the less artistically inclined.