Spooky Science

Shared by Michelle Wachholz

Have students choose their favorite Halloween topic from the list below. After students have read the related Science News or Science News for Students article, ask them to answer the questions below.

Ghosts: “The science of ghosts
Vampires: “True vampires
Spiders: “Spiderwebs don’t rot easily and scientists may have figured out why
Zombies: “Zombies are real!
Bats: “Here’s what bats ‘see’ when they explore the world with sound
Spooky action: “Entanglement is spooky, but not action at a distance
Giant pumpkins: “Here’s how giant pumpkins get so big


  1. Summarize what you learned from the article. Use the summary to come up with a fun fact to share with your family or friends on Halloween!
  2. What makes the article fun to read? Explain any literary devices the author used (metaphor, simile, alliteration, imagery, etc.) 
  3. What questions do you still have about the topic?