The Witches by Roald Dahl

 

 

As September comes to an end, and October rolls around, I like for my students to start a novel with a Halloween theme. These are not necessarily Halloween books, but ones that have themes that represent the season. For younger students, Stellaluna with its bat theme is a great choice. I have used Harry Potter (wizards) and The Spiderwick Chronicles (all types of creatures). This free printable includes several witch activities that can be used while reading Roald Dahl’s book The Witches.

 

Free Compare and Contrast Printables to use with The WitchesComparing and Contrasting Two Witches

By teaching a novel with a theme, the difficult Common Core Skill RL.9 compare and contrast becomes much easier. Whether you are comparing themes, setting, and plots by the same author (3rd grade), similar themes and topics (4th grade), stories in the same genre (5th grade), or different forms (6th grade), using a Halloween theme makes the writing projects fun and interesting for students. In this set of free printables, you’ll receive this printable for students to compare the Grand High Witch from Dahl’s The Witches to the Wicked Witch of the West in Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

 

Free Compare and Contrast Printables to use with The WitchesComparing and Contrasting

The next printable has students comparing a number of well-known witches from children’s literature. These include several fairy tale witches such as the witches from Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel.…………………………………

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..Free Compare and Contrast Printables to use with The Witches

 

Comparing Witches Craftivity

Students will enjoy making this free standing witch craft activity. Four different witches from children’s literature are compared.

Free Compare and Contrast Printables to use with The Witches

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Acrostic

An acrostic printable is also included. I purposely left off instruction for this page to make it adaptable for many needs. You can have students summarize one specific chapter from The Witches by using this form or witches in general.

Free Compare and Contrast Printables to use with The Witches

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.Witch Trivia

On the day of your Halloween party, many witch themed activities make the party both fun and a learning experience for your students. This printable has students listing famous witches from children’s literature. I like to divide students into small groups. I time the activity. The group with the most correct answers at the end of the allotted time receives token prizes. This can be anything from homework passes to school supplies. Students love the friendly competition.

Compare and Contrast Witch Activities

A Witch’s Brew

Another activity I enjoy doing with my students is have them bring in ingredients to make their own party snacks. Here we are creating a punch in a witch’s cauldron. The mixture bubbles and foams. Students love creating their own snacks and following directions can be taught. This printable includes this punch recipe. ………………………………………………

Download the free printable here.

Free Printable Activities to use with The Witches by Roald Dahl

Gay Miller

 

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1 comment

  1. Love all of the compare/contrast options shared. This is an excellent post! Thanks for joining in Gay! Have a lovely weekend.

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