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BOO! Why Americans are Spooked to Spend on Halloween 2013




Jason did it again! Rap and learn English:

NOW with the LYRICS INCLUDED BELOW! Follow Fluency MC:!/FluencyMC

All music and lyrics copyright 2011, Jason R. Levine and ColloLearn, llc

Say “Happy Halloween!”
Again! Happy Halloween!
Trick or Treat!
Give me something good to eat!
Halloween is coming. What are you going to do?
Dress up as a ghost and say, “Boo!”?
Halloween is coming. What are you going to be?
A pirate? A princess? A bumblebee?
Halloween is coming. What are you going to wear?
A scary mask? Long blond hair?
Halloween is coming. Where are you going to go?
To a haunted house? A horror movie show?

What are you going to do on Halloween night?
Carve a pumpkin? Howl at the moonlight?
Will you gobble down goodies until you’re feeling sick,
or ride through the sky on a broomstick?
What are you going to…

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Spooky Science Ideas

By Deva Dalporto (WeAreTeachers)

With all of its creepy, spooky elements, Halloween is a great time for some mad science! Here are four freakily fabulous science experiments that will chill and thrill your students:

DIY Creepy Lava Lamp: Teach your students about polar molecules with this great, ghoulish activity. It’s easy and has a big “wow” factor. Fill a jar one quarter the way full with water and top off with vegetable oil.  Next, squirt in some food coloring and drop in an Alka-Seltzer tablet to form citric acid and sodium bicarbonate. Then, watch the carbon dioxide bubbles carry the creepy blood red bubbles to the top! Read the full directions!

Black Dry Ice Bubbles: Halloween is a great time to bust out the dry ice and teach your students about the properties of carbon dioxide. Fill a dish with bubble solution (or dish soap and water), add a few drops of black food coloring, and pop in a piece of dry ice. The water in the bubble solution will melt the dry ice, forming gaseous carbon dioxide that the soap will trap it into bubbles. Boo!

Slime Time: Get your hands dirty and give your students a lesson in polymers with this icky, sticky experiment. Have them mix together borax, craft glue, food coloring and water to create some spooky slime! Read the full directions!

Ghost Dance: Give your students a lesson in static electricity with this spooky ghost experiment. Have the children cut little ghosts out of tissue paper. Then give them each a balloon to inflate. Have each student rub his or her inflated balloon on his or her head to create static electricity, then hold the balloon over the ghost and watch it eerily rise!

Eid-al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice


“Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. It concludes the Pilgrimmage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibraham’s (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son. Muslims believe the son to be Ishmael rather than Isaac as told in the Old Testament. Ishmael is considered the forefather of the Arabs. According to the Koran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to sacrifice a ram instead.

The feast re-enacts Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family eats about a third of the meal and donates the rest to the poor.” From Diversity Calendar


About Tihar : “The Nepali festival Tihar is also known by many names such as Dipawali or Bhai Tika or Laxmi Puja or as a festival of lights. It is a five-days festival, which comes soon after the Dashain Festival, and Tihar is all about worshiping of different animals such as crow, dog, cow, and worshiping of the Hindu Goddess of Fortune or Wealth (Goddess Laxmi), and cooking great meals at home, brothers and sisters shopping for gifts, flying kites, decorating homes and streets, playing cards with friends, resting and relaxing, and finally ending the festival with an exchange of a special temporary mark on forehead (tika in Nepali). The last day of the festival is known as Tika day or popularly known as Bhai Tika day (Bhai in Nepali means Brother). To sum up Tihar festival, Tihar is the festival when sisters wish a long life to their brothers (Bhai)!” From Nepal Vista

VIDEOS about the Tihar Festival

IMAGES of the Tihar Festival

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“Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.” From National Geographic

IMAGES for teaching Diwali

Dashain Festival in Nepal: More Resources

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The 25 Most Suspenseful Movies Ever Made

Some of these movies are not appropriate for classroom use, yet Flavorwire came out with the 25 Most Suspenseful Movies Ever Made. I thought it was worth sharing since Halloween is coming up. Some of these are sure to start a conversation or two!

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