- Ask the children What’s special about the 31st October?
- Ask What characters and objects do you associate with Halloween?
- Say Let’s draw a witch! What have witches got? (A pointed hat; a black cat; a black dress; big eyes; a pointed or crooked nose; a wart on her nose; a book of spells; a broomstick; long curly black hair; long fingers; long finger nails; black shoes or boots, etc). As the children make suggestions, build up a picture of a witch on the board.
- Point to the parts of the drawing and recapitulate on the new vocabulary. Label the picture.
- Give the children a few minutes to draw a witch and label her in their notebooks. They can finish their pictures at home.
- Give the witch a name (Wendy). Explain that you are going to mime some sentences about Wendy and that you want the children to guess the words in each sentence.
- Have your sentences written out on card so you can show the pupils the written form when they have guessed the words correctly. Drill the pupils’ pronunciation of each sentence as they guess it.
- Invite some students to mime one or two of the sentences again for the rest of the class.
- Challenge the children to write down as many of the sentences mimed as they can remember. You can leave parts of the sentences on card exposed to make this a little easier. Check together by comparing with the sentences on card.
- Hand out a copy of the mini-books for the children to complete. Do a drawing dictiation: dictate the sentences for the children to draw for pages 3 to 8. (P3: She has got a pointed hat. P4: She has got a black dress. P5: She has got a cauldron. P6: She has got pointed black boots. P7: She has got big eyes. P8: She has got a black cat.)
- Help the children to fold their mini-books as follows:
1) Cut out the mini-book along the dotted line.
2) Fold it along the longer centre line (with the numbers on the outside).
3) Fold it along the shorter centre line.
4) Cut along the dotted line in the centre.
5) Fold along the line perpendicular to the line you’ve just cut. Then fold along the lines immediately either side.
6) Re-fold along the longer centre line.
7) Press the outer sides of the book together and push the centre section out.
8) Bingo! Your mini-book is ready!
Pupils work in pairs to invent and write a few sentences about other Halloween characters – ghosts, spiders, skeletons, etc – using the sentences about Wendy the Witch as a model.