Looking for some reading to get your students into the Halloween spirit? Here’s free audio and activities from RB! Even if your school doesn’t celebrate Halloween, these books will be winners in your classroom. Enjoy audiobook excerpts from these fun and spooky titles. Play the audio excerpt (listen online or right click to download) and have students fill out the free Activity Worksheet discussing the mood and setting of what they hear.
Activity Worksheet – Students will explore how mood is set with words, sounds, sights, and actions.
Dracula vs. Grampa
at the Monster Truck Spectacular by Kirk Scroggs | audio excerpt
*An AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording!
Text available from Recorded Books. “Wiley and Grampa triumph over the supernatural forces invading their hometown. In the first book, they meet Colonel Dracula and his Mudsucker–a blood-guzzling vampire truck … a welcome high-interest choice for younger or reluctant readers.”—School Library Journal
The Story of Ichabod Crane by Washington Irving | audio excerpt
Share with students the original story of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman. This audio is excerpted from Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Text is available at Project Gutenberg.
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley | audio excerpt – chapter 20
This classic Gothic masterpiece really comes to life with the narration of AudioFile Golden Voice George Guidall. Guaranteed to set a spooky mood in any classroom! Text is available at Project Gutenberg.
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