‘Tis the season of All Hallows Eve(n). Did you know that the holiday name “Hallowe’en” comes from the Old English phrase “All Hallows Evening?” ” E’en is a shortened form of “even,” which is an abbreviation of “evening.” The commercialization of holidays often means that their historic and geographic origins all but disappear from the public consciousness … spooky! So channel your inner Jack-o-Lantern and … Continue reading Five Fun Ways to Teach Halloween … Geographically!
Holidays often mean incredibly excited students. And since you probably can’t beat the Halloween hysteria, why not join it? Here are some great ways to bring the monster mash to your classroom. 1) Discover the origins of Halloween. Your students may not know that their favorite spooky holiday has roots that are around 2,000 years old. Challenge them to research the Celtic festival of Samhain, … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: 5 Ways to Bring Halloween to the Classroom
FUN It’s nearly mid-October! Which means that anyplace you go, at least in the United States, you’re inundated with cinnamon-scented, ’tis-the-season tidings. But, let’s get to one of the best holidays first: Halloween. And let’s save some endangered species while doing it up. Here at National Geographic we’re on a mission (always) and we have a sneaking suspicion that many of you will like this one. Meet Mission: Animal … Continue reading A Trick with a World Treat