Library Lesson Storytime – Superstitions – Halloween Alternative


This library storytime lesson is perfect for Friday the 13th! It introduces students to superstitions from the US and around the world. Includes fun facts, trivia, vocabulary, and more! Editable in PowerPoint and Google Slides.

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  • new elementary librarians
  • elementary librarians on the Specials rotation
  • secondary teachers who are now elementary librarians
  • busy parents who just don’t have time to create detailed storytime lessons

I have been all four of these at the same time! My storytimes are the lessons I would have wanted when I was a new, overwhelmed, and exhausted school librarian.


  • Recommended for: Grades K-3
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 library lessons (about 50 minutes total)
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable


Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! I cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.


  • 41-slide PPT + Google™ Slides
  • Scavenger Hunt Activity (1 page, PDF and PPT)
  • List of 12 Recommended Reads for Halloween (1 page, PDF and PPT)
  • Prep and set-up tips (1 page, PDF and PPT)
  • Lesson plan templates (7 pages, PDF and PPT)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)


  • original song (“The Superstition Song”)
  • American sign language sign (link to video)–“luck”
  • introduction to superstitions–what superstitions are and that they are NOT true
  • “Lucky or Unlucky?” group discussion game (in group discussion, students decide if seven common superstitions are lucky or unlucky)
  • Every slide includes colorful photos and clipart


  • black cats
  • broken mirror
  • horsehoe over a door
  • number 13
  • breaking a wishbone
  • crossing fingers
  • walking under a ladder
  • maneki neko (Japanese/Chinese ceramic “waving” cats)
  • nazar or nazar boncuğu (blue colored glass to ward off evil eye)
  • crickets in China
  • spilling and tossing salt
  • “break a leg” in theater
  • knocking on wood


  • Vocabulary: phobia, triskaidekaphobia, kismet, superstition, wishbone, maneki neko, nazar
  • 2 “Would-You-Rathers”
  • how to tell a cricket from a grasshopper
  • whether you should hang a horseshoe like a U or like a lowercase N
  • what to do if you spill the salt (bad luck)


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