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The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky Activities and Lesson Plans

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky will love this post. It includes resource recommendations and lots of information about the book.

With a theme of managing stress and anxiety, this The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky picture book by Jory John is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will become one of your favorites too!

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  1. Read a summary of The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky.
  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 The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SPOOKY SUMMARY

It is Halloween and the seed in this book is in a bad mood. He is feeling crummy because Halloween is his favorite holiday and he can’t think of a costume idea. He has tried a few different ideas but none of them are just right. The seed wants something original, show stopping and perfect. 

 

Feeling the stress of coming up with the perfect costume idea, the seed decides he needs to postpone Halloween. He decides to trick everyone into thinking Halloween has been moved to the following night. He tells them a big storm and a herd of seed eating squirrels are on the way! This will give him more time to come up with the best costume. 

 

Then, a pair of pumpkin seeds stop by to talk to the seed. They notice that he is feeling down and explain that Halloween isn’t a competition. The seed learns that no one else cares what he is wearing and he shouldn’t worry about such small things. The seed decides to let everyone know about his trick and Halloween is back on! 

 

He decides to dress up as a squirrel and joins the pumpkin seeds for a night of fun. This story celebrates the fun of Halloween and teaches students not to stress over the small things in life!

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SPOOKY LESSON PLAN IDEAS

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

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • analyzing character
  • making connections
  • plot | problem – solution
  • identifying theme | message | moral

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • managing stress and anxiety

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • base words
  • contractions
  • interjections
  • shades of meaning

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SPOOKY 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
The Good, The Bad, and The Spooky book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky?

  • 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 Jory John. It was illustrated by Pete Oswald.

What genre is The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky?

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 32 pages long.

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