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The Substitute Monster - Halloween Craft and Write

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 3 pages | Grades: K - 5

This Halloween, inspire your struggling writers to write toe-curling tales using our Halloween writing prompts and craft templates.

Halloween Writing Prompts for Howling Good Fun!

In a recent conversation with our teacher friends, we realized that we all had a similar experience at the beginning of the spooky season while in elementary school. The memory wasn’t making paper bats or getting treat bags…it was the single memory of a book that had been read aloud to us as children. What book was it? It was called The Teacher from the Black Lagoon, by Mike Thaler. It’s the hair-raising tale of a boy who thinks his teacher is a real monster and relays all of her terrible deeds to the reader in a comedic and pun-filled adventure.

Since we all love the book so much, we thought it might be fun for our current students to have that experience as well and to push it further into the curriculum with fun writing prompts for kids. Enter Teach Starter’s “The Substitute Monster” Writing and Craft Activity. 

This Fall craft activity encourages even the most reluctant writers to use the scary story prompts to tell the tale of the day that Miss Fran K. Enstein became their substitute teacher. This writing template and monster craft will have them writing furiously and racing to build a monster to hold up their tales.

Use this scaffolded writing activity in your

📚Halloween Journal Prompts

🚀Narrative Writing Whole Group lessons

🧠October Writing Prompts

🤪Halloween Story Starters

❤️Halloween writing activity

Download & Print — It’s Child’s Play! 

Use the dropdown arrow on the Download button to download the Editable Google Slides file or printable black and white PDF file. Make your copies, hand them out, and set your students on the road to writing success.

This resource is perfect to pair with our Halloween Words vocabulary display!

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter collaborator.


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