Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead!

 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead!
Tuesday Teacher Tips: If Your School Doesn't Celebrate Halloween, Let's Have An Owl Party!
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!

Let's face it, even if your school says NO HALLOWEEN, most of your students will be excited!  Seriously, who can blame them? Halloween is the one time of year that a little boy REALLY thinks he is Batman and a little girl REALLY thinks she is a princess. I love Halloween for that very reason! But from a teacher's point of view, I have always felt that November 1st should be a National Holiday! 
Sorry, Halloween will not be on a
Friday again until 2025... you can 
save this meme for later...hahaha! :)
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead! 
But if you can't celebrate Halloween, you can host an Owl party instead. Owls are cute and hip this year and students love them. I have four ideas for your party and my tip to you is team up and have a "Round the World" type of day. I've even included a couple of little charts for your schedule. I recommend a two hour block broken into 4 half-hour classes. This works best with four teachers, but if you have two teachers, each of you do two activities twice. 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead! 
Click here or on the image to download a couple of different blank scheduling forms.

If you have an odd number of teachers, three or five, divide one class up with the other classes and the "leftover" teacher can do a few different things. They can be a second teacher at the activity your team thinks is the hardest, they can be a 10 minute "Restroom Break" person that rotates around to give everyone a break, they can grade everyone's papers so they don't have to take them home on the weekend, they can make treat bags with NON-HALLOWEEN candy for everyone to take home...hahaha, just a cute little gift from all the teachers for your NON-Halloween Owl Party.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead! 
Depending on your grade level, print one, two or all four pages of this Free Owl Color For Fun printable. If you need an even longer activity, take an 18 x 12 piece of construction paper and fold it in half. Then place the four color sheets inside and add three staples along the left hand side. Students can also decorate the covers.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead! FREE Color For Fun Owl Printable Coloring pages.
 Click here or on the image for the free Owl Color For Fun printables.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead!
Here is a wonderful 4 minute owl video. It meets the "Fern Standards" which means nothing gets eaten, turns bloody, is scary or even breaks a nail. But it is a real life, hidden camera, owl nest that is so cute!
 
Next, give them one of my free owl writing printables to write about the video.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead! FREE Download - Owl Writing Paper
Click here or on the image for the free papers.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead!
So, I tried really, really, really hard this week to make you an owl craft, but it is just something that was kicking my tail! So I found these four FREEBIES at TPT for you.

{These were free at the time of this blog post. Please let me know if that changes.}
OR
I found this adorable owl craft at the Education.com web site, with a free download direction sheet.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead!
The last idea is to have a classroom where they make a little owl treat, these treats range from "SUPER EASY" to "GET A ROOM MOM TO MAKE MOST IN ADVANCE" type of treats! 
ENJOY :)
 Looking for more tips? 
Click on the picture below to go to my Fall Teacher Resources Pinterest Board.
I would ♥love it if you would like to follow it too!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Pinterest Board for Fall Resources for Elementary School Teachers for Autumn.
 Michelle has some great tips about her experiences with No Halloween Celebrations that she would like to share with you, too.
Be sure to head over to her blog!
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In addition to our tips each week, we are hoping that you will share some of your ideas in the comments below!

Do you have a great classroom party tip to share?

 


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9 comments

  1. These are new ideas to me and I love them! Kids love owls!

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  2. We are not allowed to celebrate Halloween in our school. Some parents even threaten to not send their kids to school if there were any classes that celebrate Halloween. Boo! As a compromise, we do either a Pumpkin Day or Book Character Dress-Up Day without any references to Halloween. Your owl party idea is wonderful!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Cherie, I love the idea of a Book Character Dress-Up Day instead! Fern :)

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    1. Thank you Leslie, you really made my day! Fern :)

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  4. I love this idea for a Fall party that isn't controversial.
    Mary

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  5. I love all these ideas and free resources. My grand kids don't have "Halloween" parties either. In Kindergarten they do Favorite Book character too. Thanks so much for all the wonderful freebies!
    Arlene
    LMN Tree

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    1. Thanks Arlene! Thank you too for always linking up at my Freebie Friday on TBA!
      Have a great weekend, Fern :)

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