Squid Game-themed Halloween activities

This is still a work in progress. I'll keep updating as I finish the details of the activities

Submitted by ccabusas

October 22, 2021

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I'm one of the people who still haven't gotten over the Netflix show, "Squid Game." I was asked by my JTE to plan for a whole week of Halloween lessons and what better way to celebrate my new obsession than making innocent kids play in a game where their lives are at stake. I'm just kidding, of course. I'm still a newbie in the Powerpoint game and as I wrote in the short description box, it is still a work in progress. I'll keep updating this post as I finish the details of week-long activities for those who choose to use this.

For the 5th and 6th graders' English game, this is a breakdown of how we did the activities.
1. Students lined up outside the room and entered the room one at a time stopping by the entrance to sanitize their hands and arms, pick their groups, and leave their scissors in their designated trays.
2. The layout of the class, including where each group should be, was on the big screen so, with our guidance, students knew where to go. I put guide tapes on the floor to easily separate each group and help with our activities as well. We also asked them to organize their groups based on the number on their team card.
3. When everyone settled in with their groups, we started the lesson with the usual greeting. We gave the rules (no running, don't touch the guide lines on the floor, and listen to instructions at all times). We informed them that they will be playing team games and if they didn't follow the rules, their teams would get deductions. It helped manage the class and make sure that students did their best to work in teams and not be selfish.
4. We started the first game by explaining the rules of the relay game and the JTE demonstrated how to do it. We added a checkpoint where students had to stop by the traffic cone and say the name of the Halloween character I was holding. The students played the game. When all groups finished the relay, we all counted the team scores so far from the 1st game. On the PowerPoint, clicking the icon "game" will take you to the scoreboard. Using the pen function of PPT, we wrote their scores so far. We then moved on to the next game.
Having the numbers on the students made it easier to clean the game area. For example, we asked number 1s to get the spiders, number 2s to pick the cones up, and number 3s to return the pumpkins.
4. For the next game, we asked a representative of each group to get their group's tray and hand out the scissors. Another representative of each group came up to me to pick an envelope. We decided who will pick first by playing RSP. These representatives had big responsibilities because they're the only ones who got my instructions for the next game. It was their duty to relay them to their groupmates. They then returned to their groups and explained what they had to do.
I instructed the students to only open the envelope when I said go. When a group finished the puzzle, they shouted "We're done!" We checked their puzzles and asked them to say the sentence we practiced in the previous lesson using the name of the characters they puzzled together (I'm scared of __________. What about you?")
Before checking the scores of each team, we asked a different representative of each team to return the scissors in their tray and the rest of the team to pick up all the trash from the activity. Students were asked to return to their original group formations. We checked the scores and moved on.
5. For the next game, we asked all students to stand and move back outside the first line. Again, my JTE demonstrated while I explained how to do the game. I told students that for the next game, the key was to listen and pay attention to what card I was holding. For example, if I was holding the "mummy" card and I said mummy, they could move forward but if I said something else, they should keep their positions and try their best not to move. I had to remind them of the rule about running. We also told them that if they moved when they're not supposed to or run, they'd have to go back to the starting line. I think the students enjoyed this game the most especially with the tricky and similar ones like, "mummy" and "monster". When the given time was over, we counted how many members from each team were left in the game area and the team with the least members left got the highest points.
*By the way, we gave scores by having the 1st place team get 4 points for each game and 3点-1点 for the succeeding teams.

6. Not all classes got to play this last game due to time limitation but those who did had a blast as well. I showed them the first shape on the presentation and explained that each dot on the shape represents a student. Each team had exactly 1 minute to recreate the shapes with their teams. The best group(s) received the highest points.
7. We then tallied the total score of each team and deducted some points, if there were any. My JTE prepared small printed pictures of a pumpkin with a crown and gave them to the winners.
8. Students were asked to put their group/number cards in the trash bag and sanitize their hands again before exiting the room.

What's included:
1. Lesson Plan for Halloween Week (please don't judge me too much for not strictly following the prescribed structure of lesson plans, I purposely made them this way for this occasion)
2. 4th Graders mask template
3. Halloween Vocabulary
4. Halloween Feel in the Boxes label
5. 10 Little Indians Karaoke
6. 4th Graders Warm-up Presentation (I shamelessly edited and renamed it to fit my lesson. All thanks to UonumaRobert)
7. 5th and 6th Graders Warm-up Presentation (AGAIN, I shamelessly edited and renamed it to fit my lesson. All thanks to UonumaRobert)
8. 5th and 6th Graders I'm Scared of... Worksheets (AGAIN and AGAIN, I shamelessly edited and renamed it to fit my lesson. All thanks to PlastiCat)
1. Squid Game Presentation
2. Students' numbers and Groups
3. Game 2 - Cut the shapes
4. Way back then audio

  • 4th Graders Warm-up Presentation.pptx (28.6 MB)
  • 4年 Mask template.docx (85.7 KB)
  • 5th and 6th Day 1-I'm scared of Worksheets.docx (144 KB)
  • 5th and 6th graders Warm-up presentation.pptx (28.7 MB)
  • Game 2- Cut the shapes.docx (688 KB)
  • Halloween Feel in the boxes labels.docx (482 KB)
  • Halloween Vocab.docx (1.02 MB)
  • lesson plan for Halloween.docx (528 KB)
  • Squid Game Presentation.pptx (12 MB)
  • Students numbers and group.docx (97.5 KB)
  • Ten Little Indians - Karaoke - (My Version).mp3 (1,000 KB)
  • Way Back then (online-audio-converter.com).m4a (2.93 MB)
  • English Game Presentation.pptx (7.69 MB)
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    1. UonumaRobert October 22, 2021

      Cool. I'm looking forward to looking this over. Offhand one little thing though. Unless it was requested by your school or teacher maybe replace 10 little Indians with something less controversal. You can find 10 little pumpkins on youtube. Several versions and it suits the season better too.

    2. UonumaRobert October 22, 2021

      Here is one link

    3. kabochaski1990 October 22, 2021

      I know some of my junior high students are into Squid Game but I could see that causing some issues at school. Did you check with your school beforehand being using the game in class?

    4. UonumaRobert October 22, 2021

      Cartoon violence is pretty much the basis of most of my material and I've never had much issue. I did double check before using that popular demon slayer cartoon last year at elementary schools.

    5. UonumaRobert October 22, 2021

      Nice stuff, I miss doing the Halloween lessons where we didn't have to make everything about speaking English. The don't drop the pumpkin game looks cute. Small thing. My old Halloween quizzes might be getting a bit dated. Witch seems to come up the most when I search most popular halloween costume right now.

    6. kmx2600 October 25, 2021


    7. Beestonian October 25, 2021

      I ran the idea past my teacher and they seem to be ok with it. I'm making another version of this game, except the games they'll be playing will be the ones that they told me are commonly played by Japanese children.

      He said it was okay if I showed up in costume to make it real, but objected to me bringing in a toy gun to mark which students were being eliminated. He said using an inflatable hammer would be better.

      Should be fun though.

    8. kabochaski1990 November 1, 2021

      Feel like cartoon based violence and squid game violence are not the same. Many schools have banned students from wearing the costumes to school. Can't believe a teacher would even think to bring a fake gun to school let alone wear the costume as well.

    9. Lucasmh November 2, 2021

      Back home, we once had a summer camp try to make a Hunger Games week and they had to change it by Tuesday. Kids kept trying to kill each other or betray eachother. I understand that kids are into it and we want to engage with what they like, but maybe we should use another show. Just because my students like GTA, doesn't mean I will use it. You are all adults, so do what you want. I have seen what encouraging shows and games like this can do to kids. I don't it in my classrom

    10. ccabusas November 7, 2021

      Part 1
      Hi. I'm sorry it took me a while to respond here and couldn't fulfill my promise to update the post. To be honest I still haven't recovered from how busy last week was. But I guess it's just right that I say something as the creator of this controversial activity. First of all, Halloween week was a success. My JT and I were dead tired but everyone had a lot of fun. Although I already got her go signal to make activities based on the show, I opened the discussion again about the

    11. ccabusas November 7, 2021

      Part 2
      possible negative effects of doing activities based on the show 2 days before we started our first lesson. I informed her about the comments I got online and we both agreed that to be 200% safe, we'd change the name of the game and anything that explicitly indicated the show. We decided to keep the activities because they were all safe and tested and we had already prepared the materials for them. I'd have to say that some kids still associated it with the show based on their groups'

    12. ccabusas November 7, 2021

      Part 3
      shapes and the Red light/Green light game but they overall became stand-alone Halloween games. It helped that we did the lesson in the Multi-purpose room that we set up in a way that students would surely have fun yet their behavior could still be checked. To be honest, I couldn't believe how successful it was and even the activity that I was a little worried about (2nd game with scissors), turned out to be the best game for teams.

    13. ccabusas November 7, 2021

      Part 4
      I updated the files attached and added the ones I actually used last week, if some of you are interested in using them next year.

    14. ccabusas November 7, 2021

      Part 5
      I guess my main takeaway from this experience is not to be carried away by my emotions. To be honest, I was disheartened a little bit at first because I worked so hard to plan the Halloween week but I realized that everyone's best interests are the safety of the students and making sure that we ALTs won't become bad influencers to students. As they say, there's always room for improvement and I will strive to be better. Thanks, everyone.

    15. UonumaRobert November 8, 2021

      Glad you’re activities went well. I can’t imagine doing a whole week of Halloween. I’m kind of surprised any of your students made the association with the show at all. I got the impression at my schools nobody seems to know it. I think it’s great both you and Beestonian communicate well with your teaching partners. An important but often skipped part of the job.

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