Halloween served as the backdrop for some interesting and fun-filled English language arts and mathematics activities at Shore Road School.
Kelly Popielaski’s sixth grade students shared their personal spooky stories with peers as a culminating descriptive writing unit activity. The students modeled their stories after reading “The Hook,” “The Slasher,” “The Bell of Biloxi” and “The Deadly Dress.” They learned to revise and edit their stories and to utilize their five senses to depict a haunting theme. Additionally, each student created a diorama of a spooky room to further illustrate their tale.
Fifth graders in Jennifer Lucchetti’s class used sugar pumpkins for a math lesson on weight and decimals. The students first weighed their pumpkins using a triple beam balance scale and recorded their results. Divided into two groups, without speaking and only using the recorded weights of their pumpkins, the students practiced synergy and teamwork to line up their pumpkins from lowest to highest weight. The students read the weights of the pumpkins in lined-up order to Mrs. Lucchetti, making sure they were correct, as she recorded the weights. They were then instructed to find the average weight of each line of pumpkins.