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Wonka Week - A Fun Way to Mix up Your Management and Freebie

Ideas for Wonka Week using golden ticket freebie - perfect for the end of the year!
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Wonka Week is my favorite go-to end of the school year activity, but it works equally well the week before Spring Break or any other time you're anticipating squirrely children and need something a little different to calm the masses.  

If you have extremely excited kiddos and need a little something new, try out Wonka Week using Golden Tickets for Classroom Management

Here’s what you need to do:
Buy: a bag or two of small wrapped candy bars (not the vacuum sealed kind – the wrapped in foil-lined paper kind), and 10-15 candy bars or other "big" prizes.  I get my candy bars here on Amazon and buy the large prizes at a Dollar Store.
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Print: the Wonka Tickets on yellow/gold paper.
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Put: Wonka tickets inside the special small candy bars (as many special candy bars as you have “big” prizes).  You will have to fold them up and reseal the small candy bars with a glue stick.
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Cut: the rest of the Wonka Tickets out and put them in a secure baggie hidden from view.
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Get: a beautiful clear bowl or vase to house all of the little candy bars. (Isn't mine pretty?! I pretty much LOVE this Teacher Appreciation Day Gift! Perfect for WONKA Week!)
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Display: the clear bowl full of small candy bars and the “big” prizes somewhere up high in your classroom - keep them visible but not reachable!  For maximum effect, put these out a few at a time the week before Wonka Week.  The anticipation will be palpable!
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
During the week give out Wonka Tickets instead of your normal classroom incentive to awesomely behaved students. At the end of the day you can let all students who received a Wonka Ticket trade it in for a pick in the candy bar bowl or do a random drawing of Wonka tickets, letting only students who are drawn choose from the chocolate. (I moved to the latter option after spending WAY too much money on chocolate!)  
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Students who get a Golden Wonka Ticket in their small candy bar get one of the exciting giant prizes!
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Secret Teacher Trick: to make sure the Wonka fun lasts as long as you want it to, only put one or two special “Golden Ticket” bars in the bowl at a time.  That way you can draw it out for as long as it is effective. 

If you are interested in trying out Wonka Week in your classroom, you can find a free copy of the Golden Tickets I use here.  
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management! 
I use Wonka Tickets as our shiny new classroom incentives and integrate Wonka themed activities throughout the curriculum.  The kids love anything that has any connection to candy so all of these activities are perfect for crazy weeks when you still want to teach something meaningful.  

Here are a few ways you can integrate actual curriculum with all the Wonka fun:

*MATH - I use these Wonka math printables for fast finishers, math contracts, bell work, and group problem solving during Wonka Week(s).  You can try three of these activities (Candy calculators, Oompa Loompa Equations, and Golden Ticket Logic Puzzle) for FREE by clicking here  or on the picture below.
 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/WONKA-Math-Printables-FREE-Candy-Themed-Fast-Finishers-Homework-Extensions-3030519
Need more Wonka math?  My brand new Wonka Math Challenges and Brainteasers set includes 42 Wonka and candy themed math activities.  Since Wonka Week is typically a whole class affair, this set has similar problems on a variety of levels for grades 2-4 so all students have access to appropriately challenging math fun!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/WONKA-Math-Challenges-Brainteasers-Candy-Themed-FF-Homework-Extensions-3022026 *WRITINGStudents love creating their own new candy along with advertisements
*MATH - Make WONKA bars to practice place value and number sense (see my blog post about this here)  
*ART/MATH - Design a new floor for Wonka's Factory to practice mathematical problem solving skills (a differentiated version of this activity can be found here in my TpT store)
Real world math project that can be used as a fun activity during Wonka Week - perfect for the end of the year!
*SCIENCE - Candy-based science experiments are tons of fun!  The one pictured below answers the question - What will happen to a Gobstopper when submerged in water over time? (I pretty much had extra cups, Gobstoppers, a sink, and some time to kill - but even with this not so exciting experiment - the kids were INTO IT!  Anything that involves candy works wonders.
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
You can also check out my WONKA Pinterest Board with ideas for Wonka themed learning activities, costumes, and fun stuff based on a candy/Wonka theme.

Wonka Week:Pinterest board with ideas you can use for Wonka Week in your classroom
I hope you can use this idea.  Wonka Week is a fun way to get kids engaged during those crazy weeks before a break or at the end of the year!


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Pi Day Easy Peasy Activity - Plus a March Math Freebie

Here's a quick Pi Day activity for 3.14.17 if you need something fun to introduce or celebrate the day.  All you need is yarn, scissors, and round things.  Every classroom has those right?!

First, have students choose a round object.
Next, students wrap the yarn around the circumference of the round object and cut the yarn to show one measurement around their object.
Now have students take this long piece of yarn and see how many times they can measure the diameter of their circle.  They will cut a piece of yarn for every diameter they measure.
If students do this correctly they should end up with 3 diameter yarn pieces plus an itty little left over piece or 3.14 diameters (Pi!)
Yarn, scissors, round things, DONE!
Fun, memorable, and quick - my kind of Pi Day activity!

Need a freebie for the week?  My March Math Challenge and Brainteaser Freebie includes a St. Patrick's Day math challenge and a March Madness math brainteaser you can use this month for morning work, homework, math warm ups, or fast finishers. 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/March-Math-Challenges-Brainteasers-Seasonal-Holiday-Themed-FFHWExtensions-3040860?utm_source=Classroom%20Freebies%20Linked%20Post&utm_campaign=March%20Math%20Challenges
Need more March math activities?  I'm currently working on monthly math challenge sets for every month of the school year!  My newest March Math Challenges & Brainteasers includes 25 math problems with spring and March holiday themes like: Pi Day, St. Patrick's Day, rainbows, March Madness basketball, leprechauns, clovers, and Read Across America Day.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/March-Math-Challenges-Brainteasers-Seasonal-Holiday-Themed-FFHWExtensions-3040860?utm_source=Blog%20Posts&utm_campaign=Blog%20Posts%20March%20Math%20Challenges
Happy Pi Day,


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Olivia Costume How To - Perfect for March is Reading Month

A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher.  Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!
I promised my husband if I bought this cute red dress I would wear it over and over again.  So, not only is Olivia the pig my favorite Halloween costume, it will now be my go-to March is Reading Month character costume too.  Want your own Olivia costume?  Here's all you need to do:

Step 1: The Dress
I don't sew, but I am an avid online shopper.  Pretty sure any red dress will do, but I saw this one on ModCloth and fell in love.  The dress is called Looking to Tomorrow.  Just click on the links or the picture below and it should come right up!  
A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher.  Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!
Not up for paying ModCloth prices? I think these less expensive options on Amazon are pretty great too!  Just click the pictures for the links.
A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher.  Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!
A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher.  Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!
A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher.  Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!
Step 2: Ears
A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher.  Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!
This was actually much easier than I thought it would be and it's a good thing because I left the ears in Colorado when I moved to Michigan so I'll be making a new Olivia headband.  

All you need is a headband (mine was 1 inch and covered with black fabric), 2 pieces of medium thick fun foam (not the thinnest one!), and a glue gun.  Cut out two football shapes (one end pointed, one end flat) in the fun foam and do some folding until the ears look like you want.  Then glue.  Easy!  

Step 3: Tights
There is no such thing as ONE size fits all.  I am 5'2" and the tights I found at Target were so short they were falling off all day.  I was waddling around trying to keep them on before I even got to school, but you can't tell in the pictures, so that's all that really matters.  

I'm hoping this year I'll have better luck with these.  I just ordered them on Amazon.

Grab a book, maybe even a little Olivia stuffed animal and you're all set!  Years and years of Halloweens and March is Reading months are covered!   
 A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher.  Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!
Don't want to be a pig?  Here are my darling teammates in their book character garb:
Lily from Lily's Purple Plastic Purse
A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher.  Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!
Pinkalicious
A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher.  Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!
Look at these darling shoes!  Perfect and comfy!
A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher.  Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!
Are you dressing up for March 2nd?  I need to wear my Olivia dress a few more times to make it worth the money, but I'm always looking for some cute new dress up ideas!
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Prep for Valentine's Day with February Printable Freebies

Prepping for Valentine's Day?  If so, check out this February Fun Stuff Freebie.  It includes two math challenges you can use for morning work/homework/math centers, a Valentine's Day Make-Your-Own Word Find and a Valentine Candy ABC Brainstorm activity.  I find that second and third graders can talk about candy forever, so the ABC activity, although simple, is always greatly helpful as we celebrate Valentine's Day by inhaling sugar in its various forms.
A freebie with 4 printables for Valentine's Day for the grade 2-4 classroom from I Want to be a Super Teacher!
Need more math challenges?  I'm currently working on monthly math challenge sets for every month of the school year!  These February Math Challenges and Brainteasers include Valentine's Day, Oscars, winter sports, presidents, hundreds day, and candy themes.
Print-and-go math challenges and brainteasers with holiday and winter themes for February! 21 math printables with answer keys you can use for math groups, homework, fast finishers, holiday centers, or whole class problem solving. February themes include: Valentine's Day, winter sports, candy, The Oscars, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and hundreds day. Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3.
Happy Valentine's Day!
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Super Bowl Football Math Freebie & Monthly Math Challenges

It's over. I'm in the top four of my annual Colorado teacher friend football pick 'ems.  With only one game left I am officially one spot away from winning any moolah.  Bummer!  Even if you're like me and only pay attention to the NFL to win a bet, your kiddos will most likely be talk, talk, talking all things football for the next week now that the big game is near.
A Super Bowl math challenge freebie for elementary classrooms grades 2-4 reviews addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills!
If you need a football themed math activity for your little guys, check out my Super Football Math Freebie.  It's perfect for morning work, homework, or a quick math group.  It's a  review of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students are given a number of touchdowns, extra point kicks, and field goals and are then asked to find the total score of the football game.  I've used it successfully with my 2nd and 3rd graders (5th graders too, but it's more review than challenge for them), so hopefully it will meet some of your elementary teacher Super Bowl needs.

Need more math challenges?  I'm currently working on monthly math challenge sets for every month of the school year!  My January Math Challenges and Brainteasers include problems focused on winter and January themes like: snow, penguins, polar bears, football, Martin Luther King Jr., snowballs, hot chocolate, and yeti.
Print-and-go math challenges and brainteasers with a winter theme for January! Use these 21 NO PREP math printables with answer keys for math groups, homework, fast finishers, monthly centers, enrichment contracts or whole class problem solving. January themes include: penguins, sledding, Super Bowl, Martin Luther King, yeti, polar bears, and snow Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3
Already done thinking about January?  These BRAND NEW February Math Challenges and Brainteasers include Valentine's Day, Oscars, winter sports, presidents, hundreds day, and candy themes.
Print-and-go math challenges and brainteasers with holiday and winter themes for February! 21 math printables with answer keys you can use for math groups, homework, fast finishers, holiday centers, or whole class problem solving. February themes include: Valentine's Day, winter sports, candy, The Oscars, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and hundreds day. Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3. 
Have a great week teachers! 
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Math Challenge Freebie & Math Contracts - Perfect for Fast Finishers, Extensions, or Homework

A free math challenge product for grades 2-4 - PLUS a simple way to use these to differentiate for students who need a challenge in math!
If you're looking for a few new math items for fast finishers, homework math centers, or enrichment menus, try out my Math Challenges & Brainteasers freebie.  I've used these in my 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade classrooms for a number of purposes.  
A free math challenge product for grades 2-4 - PLUS a simple way to use these to differentiate for students who need a challenge in math!
Here are a few ideas for how you might use these in your own classroom:
*Use a challenge or brainteaser as a homework option for students who need a challenge, or let them replace a simple homework assignment with the challenge to show parents how well you’re differentiating.  :)

*Use a math challenge or brainteaser as a “number talk” problem to start out your daily math class. Work through it as a class or let students work in partners or small groups to talk through it and solve it together. 

*Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons where they've already mastered the material.

*Give a challenge or brainteaser to a small group of students as one of their independent math workshop rotations or use them with your advanced small math group rotation.

*Use the problems as an independent practice activity during a unit on problem solving strategies (guess and check, work backwards, etc.) or attacking a multi-step problem. 

*Keep a stack of challenge problems in your classroom fast finisher area for any student who wants a challenge.

*Choose one or two challenge problems for the month and reward any student who can solve both. You can put these on a bulletin board or have them available as additional incentives.
A free math challenge product for grades 2-4 - PLUS a simple way to use these to differentiate for students who need a challenge in math!
Currently I'm using these as a challenge for my second graders in the form of math contracts.  I have a few super amazing 2nd grade mathematicians who are way ahead of the rest of the class.  They have the option of completing math contract work at any time during our independent math time as a replacement for the assignments given to the rest of the class.  Typically at the beginning of the year I have 6-7 students on math contracts and this dwindles to the few who really enjoy the independent challenges and are willing to work through these multi-step problems.  Usually by the end of the year I have 2-3 die hard math challenge kiddos who have stuck with the contracts all year. 

These are great to show parents at conferences, especially for those parents who want to see how their child is being challenged.  I just print out 5 of the math challenges, add a math contract cover sheet and I'm good to go.  Differentiation Complete!

If you haven't already downloaded the freebie which includes 3 math challenges and brainteasers, hop on over to my store and check it out.  I hope you enjoy!

Need more math challenges?  I'm currently working on monthly math challenge sets for every month of the school year!  My newest March Math Challenges & Brainteasers includes 25 math problems with spring and March holiday themes like: Pi Day, St. Patrick's Day, rainbows, March Madness basketball, leprechauns, clovers, and Read Across America Day.
Print-and-go math challenges and brainteasers with holiday and spring themes for March! 25 math printables with answer keys you can use for math groups, homework, fast finishers, holiday centers, or whole class problem solving! March themes include: St. Patrick's Day, leprechauns, rainbows, clovers, March Madness basketball, Pi Day, and Read Across America. Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3
Have a great week teachers!
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100th Day of School - Free Printables

Is the 100th Day of School coming up super soon for you?  In Michigan we start after Labor Day and usually have a snow day or two thrown into the mix, so we don't usually start decorating hundreds day tees and surfing for freebies until February.  No matter what month you celebrate this very exciting milestone, hopefully this 100th Day Fun Stuff Freebie will be useful.  Need it now?  Just print and goNeed it later?  Just pin it, forget it, and come back next month.
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
It includes a 100 Seconds Challenge, 100 Times Spelling, Hundreds Picture Spelling, and 2 templates for Hundreds Day Art.  My kiddos' art projects turned out pretty darn cute last year.
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Throw in a hundreds day t-shirt (I got lazy and just glued 100 beads to my Halloween Super Teacher Tee) and I'm all planned for the 100th day.  Hooray!
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Happy Hundreds Day,
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