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Halloween Word Search for Younger Students

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 1 - 3

Build a wickedly-good vocabulary with our spooky Halloween-themed word search.

Borrow some of that Halloween spirit 👻  and use it to stir your students’ vocabulary skills

This word search worksheet is best used during the month of October as an independent practice to support your reading lesson. It is also a great task for fast finishers

Students look for horizontal, vertical, and diagonal words that include:

  • afraid
  • chilling
  • cobweb
  • costume
  • Halloween
  • monster
  • moonlight
  • nightmare
  • pumpkin
  • scary
  • scream
  • spooky

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Halloween Word Search Scaffolding and Extension Tips 

Provide some extra practice with more ways to play! 

Bewitched Word Search

Print this worksheet on vellum and project it onto your whiteboard during your guided reading lessons. Students can take turns walking up to the board to circle the words. 

Chilling Charades 

Write each word on a piece of scrap paper, fold them up, and put them into a container. To play, divide your class or small group into 2 teams. Teams will take turns sending up 1 student to choose a word from the bowl and get 30 seconds to act out the word soundlessly for their team. If no one guesses the word it goes back into the bowl and no point is given. Once every student has had their turn to act out a word, the game is over and the group with the highest points wins. 

Scary Sentences

Have students practice writing full sentences with words from the list. Extra points if they can use more than 1 of the words in a sentence!  

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.  

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download.

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