Halloween can be such an exciting time for your classroom. Halloween themed activities are not only fun but can also increase student engagement. And while spooky crafts and ghastly games are great, have you thought about assigning Halloween reading passages as part of the festivities? This year we, here at Reading Horizons, want to make Halloween planning for your classroom as easy as possible. The following Halloween passages are compiled from the Reading Horizons Reading Library along with their accompanying grade and Lexile® Measure.
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Book 1 ∙ Page 36 ∙ Level 2.7 ∙ Lexile 550L
An urban legend may be told in front of a campfire. Or it may be sent through an e-mail. It can be scary or shocking. It may teach a lesson or warn of danger. It often ends with a "twist." Some parts of urban legends may be true. But these facts may be distorted. It is hard to prove urban legends to be real. If it sounds too good to be true, it is most often false.
Book 1 ∙ Page 76 ∙ Level 4.4 ∙ Lexile 780L
Crop circles are large patterns that are cut in fields. They are made when corn, wheat, rice, oat, or other types of crops are cut or flattened. A few of them are even made in snow and ice. Crop circles can be seen best from the sky, such as in a plane or a helicopter. Not all crop circles are formed in the shape of circles or rings. Some of them are cut in other shapes or in groups of lines.
Book 1 ∙ Page 93 ∙ Level 4.7 ∙ Lexile 600L
Step on a crack, and you will break your mother’s back. Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck. But it is good luck to cross your fingers. It is also good luck to have a rabbit’s foot. All of these and many more are considered superstitions.
Book 1 ∙ Page 97 ∙ Level 4.8 ∙ Lexile 620L
You most likely have heard at least a tale or two about vampires. Perhaps you’ve read them in books like Dracula or Twilight. Or you may have seen them on the TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or in a scary film. Stories like these are nothing new and have been around for thousands of years.
Book 2 ∙ Page 27 ∙ Level 5.6 ∙ Lexile 730L
Werewolves are monsters from old folk tales. They are creatures that are men in the day and wolves at night. They are covered in hair or fur and have long snouts, or noses. They also have large claws and sharp teeth. The word werewolf comes from an Old English term for “man wolf.”
Book 2 ∙ Pages 91-92 ∙ Level 6.9 ∙ Lexile 780L
Do you believe in monsters? Some monsters are thought to roam in caves, forests, or graveyards. A child might fear a monster under the bed. Or there might be one hiding in the closet. Some believe that the yeti is on the tops of the Himalayan Mountains.
Black Widow Spiders
Book 3 ∙ Page 1 ∙ Level 7.0 ∙ Lexile 950L
If you have ever heard of black widow spiders, you have probably heard that they are very dangerous. Black widows are known for being very poisonous, and people are generally warned to stay away from them. For that reason, many people are afraid of spiders – especially black widows.
Book 3 ∙ Pages 33-34 ∙ Level 7.7 ∙ Lexile 840L
Do you ever wonder about the future? Some people believe you can know your future by the placement of the sun and stars. They use a horoscope. They believe a horoscope helps you know more about your life.
Book 4 ∙ Pages 3-4 ∙ Level 9.1 ∙ Lexile 1040L
Do you believe in ghosts? If you answered yes, then a follow-up question might be: Are you afraid of them? A ghost is the soul or spirit of a person who once lived on Earth but who has died. Ghosts may return to visit or haunt people they were associated with in life.
Book 4 ∙ Pages 89-90 ∙ Level 11.8 ∙ Lexile 1250L
When you think of hypnotism, the following scenario may come to mind: A mysterious man with a mustache, wearing a black top hat and cape, calls a volunteer up onto the stage. These people claim hypnotize and take away the free will of others.