October Classroom Activities for Upper Elementary


It’s time for October classroom activities to make their debut as you start to gear up for the holidays! It’s such a fun month full of seasonal activities and sugar-filled days! Students love Halloween-themed topics, and there are so many ways to keep students intrigued and focused while continuing to build on skills and knowledge. This time of year is also when students starting getting that ‘holiday brain.’ You know – that brain fog that sets in with visions of costumes, candy, turkey, and presents. It starts in October and runs until winter break. So instead of fighting against the ‘holiday brain’ you can use it to your advantage. I always engaged my students with holiday and seasonal activities that played right into the ‘holiday brain’ but kept them learning, too! Here are 7 great ‘holiday brain’ October activities for upper elementary.

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October Morning Greeting Slides

There’s no better way to start the day than with a fun morning greeting! It always lays the foundation for the daily routine and happenings. These October morning messages will greet your students with some seasonal fun while putting everyone on the same page to start the day. You can find out more about how I use morning messages in this post.

These BITMOJI Morning Greetings are easy to edit and personalize with your own BITMOJI avatar. Video directions are included! Quickly add your own schedule or morning routine and post for students. Your students will LOVE seeing your BITMOJI each morning.

Easily start your day with organization and routine using the October BITMOJI Morning MEssages
October Morning Meeting Slides

Close Reading October Classroom Activities

October Close Reading Bundle

Don’t lose any time working on key reading skills when ‘holiday brain’ sets in. Instead, use these October-themed close reading activities. Students will love the high-interest reading passages, and you will love all the reading comprehension skills they are working on.

In this October bundle, your students will be intrigued while learning about the Salem Witch Trials, the making of monsters by special effects creators, the making of candy corn, floating pumpkins, and more! For each reading passage, students will follow the close reading steps in order to dig deeper into the passage. Students will so continue to practice a variety of reading strategies and skills.

You can easily use each passage for multiple days as you focus on different skills. They are also perfect to leave as sub plans! The five reading passages in the October set can last you all month long! Find out more about how I use close reading the classroom.

October Close Reading
October Close Reading

No Prep Halloween Skills Review (FREEBIE!)

Halloween Reading and Math Activities

These no-prep Halloween math and literacy activities are easy for you to add to your lesson plans or leave for a sub when you need a day off. Filled with a variety of math and language arts skills, these activities are really versatile! These no-prep October classroom activities are solid skills review and practice for your students. You can use these review worksheets for morning work, homework, independent center activities, small group reteaching, and even independent practice after a lesson.

Here are just a few of the skills included in this packet:

  • Story Writing
  • Editing
  • Using Quotation Marks for Dialogue
  • Main Idea
  • Idioms
  • Parts of Speech
  • Multiplication
  • Multi-Step Word Problems
  • Logic
  • Area & Perimeter
  • Lines of Symmetry

And that’s not all! These holiday and seasonal no-prep packets are a great way to engage your students while working on key skills. Find them all HERE!

Halloween Math and Reading No Prep Activities
Halloween Math and Reading No Prep Activities

You can download these free writing and math activities that are included in this Halloween No-Prep Packet. Add them to your October classroom activities! You can use them in a writing or math center, incorporate them as time fillers, or simply assign them to your students as independent practice. Give these fun seasonal activities a try with your students this year!

Halloween Book Review (FREEBIE!)

A class favorite each year is this fun Halloween-themed book review.

Students love sharing what they are reading. But what if they were challenged with sharing in a way that made their peers want to read the book, too? That’s the goal of this fun, Halloween-themed book review!

Book reviews are not only a great way to get students interested in reading, but they are also a great way to do a quick check on student comprehension. Add to that learning how to write with a persuasive voice and you have a really great activity.

October activities for reading - Wrapped up in a Good Book Halloween book review
October activities for reading Halloween book review bulletin board

Use your finished book reviews to create a fun and interactive bulletin board. Challenge your students to see if they can find a new book that they would like to read. This activity can be done once, or it can be an ongoing activity that students complete all month long as they finish reading their books.

You can grab this free Halloween book review in my store! Easily add these fun October classroom activities to your lesson plans this month!

Fall Reading Comprehension with Mystery Pictures

Fall Reading Comprehension Mystery Pictures

Your students will BEG to complete these fun and engaging reading comprehension activities. These fall-themed passages and questions focus on important reading skills while making learning interesting! As students answer the questions, they use the corresponding code with their answer choice to color in the squares on the mystery picture. Students love trying to figure out what the image is, and each activity is self-checking. These fun October classroom activities are great alternatives to the traditional reading passage, while still giving students the opportunity to practice those styles of questions.

These fun reading comprehension passages are perfect for independent practice, reading centers, homework, or small group instruction. They make a great change of pace during your final test prep lessons, too!

These reading skills mystery pictures quickly became a class favorite and my students would ask for more. These fall Reading Comprehension Mystery Pictures come in two different levels: 3rd & 4th Grade and 4th & 5th Grade.

Fall Reading Skills Mystery Pictures

October Classroom Activities for Multiplication

Halloween Multiplication

Working on math facts and basic operations is one of those skills that our students need to do with repetition. These Halloween-themed multiplication practice pages add some seasonal fun to the process.

Through meaningful Halloween math activities, students will be able to practice basic multiplication facts, factors and multiples, multiplication strategies, patterns for multiplying, word problems, and multiplying with larger numbers.

This multiplication pack includes practice activities for 2 digit, 3 digit, and 4 digit multiplication. Students can work through the activities to build up their skills, or use them as a review and differentiate for the needs of each student. In addition to the skills practice, your students will also enjoy the color-by-code pages.

Filled with lots of real-world Halloween fun, your students won’t even realize they are working on math skills with these themed multiplication practice pages!

Halloween Math Multiplication Practice
Halloween Math Multiplication Worksheets

Digital Stickers for Grading Digital Work

These fall-themed digital stickers and Halloween-themed digital stickers are a great way to add some seasonal fun to the digital grading process. Students love the extra encouragement while collecting their stickers. Easily grade all of your digital October classroom activities with these fun digital stickers that your students will love!

Digital stickers are so easy to use. You can get step-by-step instructions in this post.

Fall Digital Stickers
Halloween Digital Stickers

Don’t Wait . . .

Don’t wait for ‘holiday brain’ to kick in, be proactive, and fill those lesson plans with fun seasonal and holiday activities to keep students engaged during the entire month of October!

Just pin this to your favorite classroom Pinterest board so you can come back when you need fun October classroom activities for your students.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Doreen Spagnoli

    Are you doing something like this for Thanksgiving? It’s too far into October to purchase now. I do have your Halloween digital stickers though.

    1. Kim Miller

      Hi Doreen,
      I have a Thanksgiving post in the works! I promise it will be earlier this time. Look for it next week! 🙂

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