October 21, 2014

10 Fun Halloween Reading Passages for Your Classroom


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. For Reading Horizons customers, the following Halloween passages were compiled from the Reading Horizons Elevate® Reading Library with their accompanying grade and Lexile® Measure

Halloween-Lexiled-readingUrban Legends

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.

Halloween-Lexiled-readingCrop Circles

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. 

Halloween-Lexiled-readingBlack 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.

Halloween-Lexiled-readingGhost Hunting

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.

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Melissa LeeMaster said

Where can we purchase these books? I could not find them in the product guide.

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marketing said

The passages are all from the Reading Library Books that correspond with the Reading Horizons Elevate program. Contact us at 800.333.0054 for order information, or you can locate the representative for your area here: http://www.readinghorizons.com/contact-us

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