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How to Catch a Witch Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for How to Catch a Witch will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of teamwork, this How to Catch a Witch picture book by Alice Walstead is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with How to Catch a Witch Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of How to Catch a Witch. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with How to Catch a Witch reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

HOW TO CATCH A WITCH SUMMARY

It’s Halloween night and a group of friends are dressed in their costumes ready for trick-or-treating. As they walk around, the children notice more ghosts, ghouls and goblins keep appearing and soon there are more creatures than kids in the town! The children see a witch flying in the sky and realize she is inviting all the creatures. They decide they need to trap the witch to send all the ghosts, ghouls and goblins back.

First, the children try and catch the witch by offering to add bristles to a broom for free. They also try offering a prize for best dance moves but have no luck. As the children work to trap the witch, more creatures keep appearing.

Finally the children set their last trap, a Tunnel of Tricks. When the witch comes along though, she just flies right through the tunnel and doesn’t get trapped. Instead, all of the creatures meet up with the witch for a dance party! The children join in on the dancing until all the creatures leave through a portal.

HOW TO CATCH A WITCH LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for How to Catch a Witch, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based How to Catch a Witch reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing setting
  • making connections
  • making predictions
  • summarizing / retelling
  • visualizing

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • teamwork

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • pronouns
  • homophones
  • contractions
  • multiple meaning words

HOW TO CATCH A WITCH ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
How to Catch a Witch book companion
six students sitting on the rug listening to a picture book being read aloud by their teacher

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for How to Catch a Witch?

  • Lexile® Measure: N/A
  • Guided Reading Level: N/A
  • DRA Level: N/A
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): N/A

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Alice Walstead. It was illustrated by Megan Joyce.

What genre is How to Catch a Witch?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 40 pages long.

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