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Name of Activity:

We're Going on a Ghost Hunt

Academic content:

Reading and Halloween

Purpose of Activity:

The purpose of this activity is to teach children that reading and excercise can be done simultaneously.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

We're Going on a Ghost Hunt (book) adapted by Kris Hirshmann
2 hoops or 4 cones with ropes attached, 4-5 dome cones, balance beam-20 yarn balls.
Halloween music if time permits.

Physical activity:

Balance and Movement

Description of Idea

The students will line up in a line and follow the teacher through the following obstacles as the teacher reads the story. The obstacles will correlate to the story.

As you read the book you can stop and have the students perfom the activity. When they have all gotten through you can proceed to the next part of the story.

1. Forest: Crawling under a rope placed in cones (or you can use a hula hoop placed on a stand).

2. Swamp: You can have the students step on poly spots or dome cones. (I used squishy numbered cones and the kids loved the sound).

3. Bridge: Walking on a balance beam (you could use a line on the floor if you don't have a beam).

4. Haunted house: I drew ghosts on the wall and the students had to throw a fluff ball to try to hit the ghosts.

When the story was over I allowed the children to go back and revisit the stations. I timed them but you can also allow for student choice and they can move around freely wherever they choose.


The students can walk around the obstacles instead of crawling through the hoops.

They can also toss a ball instead of throwing a ball.

Assessment Ideas:

I asked the following questions:

What type of book was it? My students have been learning in class about fiction and non-fiction because of Common Core.

Name me one of the obstacles that you had to go through while going on a ghost hunt?

Submitted by Nicole Agovino who teaches at Central Blvd. School in Bethpage, NY. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 11/15/2013.
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