Fellow Heather Mello created a “Halloween Laboratory” which incorporated Halloween vocabulary in a creative way. Prior to class, Mello made up ‘lab samples’ made of the various grocery items: peeled grapes = student eyes, noodles covered in ketchup and beet juice = politician veins, among many other creative ingredients.
Students were divided into teams for the ‘lab assistant competition.’ Students were told Dr. Mello’s Mad Scientist Lab Samples were ‘light sensitive’ and that they could only be identified by feel. Team members were sent to feel the samples and then returned to their teams to describe the samples. Teams earned points by creating ‘feel like’ statements and strengthened their vocabulary knowledge by describing the samples. This activity was a creative and fun way for students to learn about Halloween.