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Download No Prep Halloween ESL Lesson, Games and Activities

Happy Everyday English Theme: Halloween

No Prep Halloween ESL Lesson for Kids and Teachers

This is a Halloween ESL lesson filled to the brim with games and activities for your interactive whiteboard or online class.  The lesson itself focuses on monsters commonly seen on this spooky holiday.  It includes a presentation for the new words and monsters.  It also includes a more general Halloween introduction.

This fun and easy to play lesson software has so much content in it that you can actually use it across multiple lessons if you desire.


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ESL Halloween Monsters Lesson Content

Keywords: mummy, vampire, monster,

                    witch, alien, zombie, werewolf,


Sample Sentences

  • Happy Halloween!

  • What is it?

  • It's a mummy.  It's scary.

  • Do you like vampires?

  • I see monsters on Halloween.

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Lesson Plan Procedures and Tips

Although you can simply start this lesson up and teach it without much prep, here's a sample lesson plan you can use to have a blast in your class using just this lesson software.  To add more to your lesson tho, I recommend downloading the provided flashcards and adding some flashcard games to the class.  It's not necessary but it helps add even more fun to your class by getting students moving around more.

New Content Teaching

1. Lesson Introduction and Pre-Teaching

Start the lesson by using the new words section of the lesson software.  You can reveal the Halloween monster pictures one by one to your students or have them choose a picture to reveal in a more discovery based learning process.

When a monster has been revealed, press it to focus on that picture.  Ask students if they like this monster and what they know about it.  Make sure to model the correct answers for them: "It's a ghost."  "It can fly." "It is white."  Teach students the new word and navigate back to the new word screen.  When returning to the new words introduction page, allow students to say all of the monsters that they have learned so far.  After all 8 words have been learned, go to the Listen and Touch activity.

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2. Halloween Listen and Touch (Practice Activity)

In this reinforcement activity, you say a monster and a student should touch that picture on the board.  When they touch it, they should say the name and perform the TPR for it.  Other students can say and do the action as well.  Do this several times at a pace your students can handle. 

If your students are capable, other students in the class can also call out Halloween monsters that the active student should touch the picture and say.

3. Stand Up Sit Down (Practice Activity)

Blast Off can be found in the Practice section of the software.

In Blast Off, touch a monster picture and it will start flashing.  Say a yes or a no sentence or question about it that your students would understand.  If the answer to the question is YES, they jump.  If it is NO, they sit down.

Here are some example sentences & questions you might use (depending on student level):

  • Is it a zombie?

  • It is a ghost.

  • It can fly.

  • It drinks blood.

  • Zombies are scary?  (If a student thinks this monster is scary, they stand.  If not, they sit.  With this sort of question, it's okay for some students to stand and others to sit)

To make the activity even more fun, you can rapidly ask questions and students can jump and sit pretty fast.  You can even substitute jump and sit for other actions such as acting scary or being scared.

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4. Even More Practice! (Optional)

At this point, you have a lot of different practice activities to choose from.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Riddles (practice):  Students are presented with a simple riddle for each of the monsters from this Halloween lesson.  Help students understand the riddle and allow them to guess what monster it's referring to.  Once the monster has been guessed, click the mystery box to reveal it.

  • Spider Marking (practice): Say a monster and have students drag a spider to the box under it. 

  • Monster Coloring (practice): Say a monster and a color.  Students should color the picture the said color

  • Flashcard Games: This can also a great time to play some flashcard games.

5. Lesson Presentation

This lesson talks about monsters that we see on Halloween.

Some tips about lesson presentation:

  • Talk about the pictures first.  "What is it?" Guide students to talk about the pictures and use whatever related content you've learned in the past to talk about them.

  • If your students can read,  guide your students together using your finger.

  • If students can't read, instruct them to listen as you do so.  They can repeat after you.  Do this a few times.

  • Ask follow up questions about the monster such as: "what can it do?" "what does it like?" "what does it not like?" "do you like this kind of monster?"

  • Repeat the above steps for all pages until you reach the final page.

  • This lesson also includes an alternate presentation in the practice section of the software.  It is called "About Halloween."  You can use this to talk about general information about Halloween such as traditions and date.

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6. Games Games Games

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Now that students are more familiar with the new content, let's play some games!  You can navigate to the games section of the software and choose the games you think your students would enjoy.  There are so many to choose from!

You may also try:

7. Wind Down and Review

Depending on the time left, it's time to wind down the lesson, review, and award points/rewards/etc.  Here are a couple options you have:

  • Flashcard review: Hold up flashcards and have students shout out the monsters while performing the TPR.  Encourage students to talk about whether they like this kind of monster or not. 

Final Thoughts

There you have it! This is a pretty interesting Halloween monster ESL lesson that students are sure to love.  If you've followed this plan, you should still have plenty of content left for an additional lesson using this lesson software. 

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