Gustavo the Shy Ghost Activities

Dive into our Gustavo the Shy Ghost activities that your little ghouls will adore! These activities are drop-dead delightful! Scare up a great read-aloud with the activities and your Novel Effect app!

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12 pages

Grades PreK-5


There’s not a ghost of a chance that your students won’t enjoy these activities! Gustavo the Shy Ghost activities engage students in critical thinking activities about the story, characters, and Day of the Dead. As students explore themes of bravery, the included activities support English Language Arts and Social Studies.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • complete a ghost craft or picado banner to strengthen fine motor skills while incorporating the book’s details.
  • write responses to writing prompts and open-ended questions. 
  • make a banner pennant.
  • participate in a Day of the Dead song and dance.
  • analyze the movie Coco.
  • draw a sugar skull.
  • collaboratively create a monster character.
  • reflect and respond to discussion questions and prompts.

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About the Book

Gustavo is good at doing all sorts of ghostly things, and what he loves the most is playing beautiful music on his violin. Because Gustavo is shy, many things are hard for him. As the Day of the Dead approaches, he needs to find a way to share his love of music and get noticed. Flavia Z. Drago's fancifully detailed artwork and visual humor tell a sweet story of loneliness and friendship that is sure to delight little ghouls and goblins. 

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