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TEN TIMID GHOSTS – by Jennifer Barrett O’Connell

Picture book of the day - Ten Timid Ghosts

 

Halloween is one of my very favorite holidays (although I’m a holiday loving girl to begin with). So, I don’t know if I have forced my Halloween glee on Big A., or if I have just rubbed off on him, but it feels like Halloween central around our house. There are many decorations to be made, a party to plan, and of course, many super Halloween books to read. I just shared one of our very favorites (even Mr. Wizard loves it) as a Picture Book of the Day recommendation, so I thought I would add in a few of the activities that we have come up with to go along with this gem of a book.

A. and I are working hard to develop letter recognition and formation right now. On Monday A. actually asked me how to spell a few words so he could write them down. I was so excited about this because he has NEVER done this before. I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce a book writing activity that gave him the opportunity to write just one word on each page. He gets overwhelmed easily, so we will be doing this book over several days, and we are sharing the writing responsibility. A few of the words he is writing himself, and a few he is dictating to me. I made up this book as a School4boys rendition of Ten Timid Ghosts. I have left the pages black and white intentionally so that A could either color them in or use watercolor paint to add the color himself.  I am adding a few pictures of an example book.  I apologize that the pictures are awful, and that I did the first page myself.  The book is still a work in progress, so I didn’t have any of the finished pages that A. did to show you yet.  I promise to add better pictures with A. and his work as soon as they are ready!

Ten Timid Ghosts - homemade book cover Ten Timid Ghosts - homemade book first sample page

 

I am adding the template pages (including the cover) that I made for the book as a PDF.  If any of you might find it useful, feel free to use it. All I ask is that if you share it, please share the link to this post rather than the pdf file itself.

 Ten Timid Ghosts follow-up book

 

This book also lends itself well to many math activities. You could easily make addition or subtraction sentences with the ghosts. We are doing an activity with cardinal numbers (1), ordinal numbers (first or 1st), and number words (one, first).  To do the activity, print out the ten ghosts and the numeral and word cards.  Lay out the ghosts horizontally in either ascending or descending order.  Then have the child match the number and word cards under each ghost.  These could then easily be glued to paper.

Ten timid ghosts - math activity pic 2

 

Here is a PDF version of the activity if you would like it. Again, if you share it please share the link to the post. ;-)

Ten Timid Ghosts – number activity 

 

I hope Ten Timid Ghosts, or a related activity, find their way into your Halloween repertoire.  Happy Reading!

Tracy  :-)