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October is Almost Here! Halloween Art, Costumes and Read Alouds

All Things October for the Elementary classroom - Make-a-monster art, book suggestions, super teacher costume freebie, Olivia the Pig costume step-by-step instructions, and Pinterest board with tons of Halloween ideas
Hooray October!  I am a giant Halloween and October in general fan.  If you're as into the month of October as I am or just need some fun October ideas, check out some of these links:

Need a quick Halloween art project?  
Try this What Should my Teacher be for Halloween quick and fun art
All Things October for the Elementary classroom - Make-a-monster art, book suggestions, super teacher costume freebie, Olivia the Pig costume step-by-step instructions, and Pinterest board with tons of Halloween ideas
or if you need something that will take a little longer you can try doing Mixed up Monsters with your class.  I'm pulling out Mixed up Monsters asap so I can have a cute Halloween door before October slips away.
All Things October for the Elementary classroom - Make-a-monster art, book suggestions, super teacher costume freebie, Olivia the Pig costume step-by-step instructions, and Pinterest board with tons of Halloween ideas

Need a quick Halloween read aloud so you can chill out for two seconds?  
All Things October for the Elementary classroom - Make-a-monster art, book suggestions, super teacher costume freebie, Olivia the Pig costume step-by-step instructions, and Pinterest board with tons of Halloween ideas
Try out Storyline Online.  There's a great reading of I Need My Monster read by Rita Moreno that the kids love.  You will need access to YouTube to watch this at school though.  I feel for you if YouTube is blocked by school filters.  I had that issue one year too. I hate it when people who've never taught are in charge of making technology decisions. Boo! (not the Halloween kind of BOO- the THIS IS RIDICULOUS and I'm going to smack someone kind).
Need a quick Halloween teacher costume?
All Things October for the Elementary classroom - Make-a-monster art, book suggestions, super teacher costume freebie, Olivia the Pig costume step-by-step instructions, and Pinterest board with tons of Halloween ideas
Check out these Super Teacher iron on pattern freebies.  They come in the colors shown above.

Have a little more time to put together a teacher costume or want to dress up like a book character?
All Things October for the Elementary classroom - Make-a-monster art, book suggestions, super teacher costume freebie, Olivia the Pig costume step-by-step instructions, and Pinterest board with tons of Halloween ideas
Check out this step-by-step Olivia costume.  Plus look at my cute friends dressed as Pinkalicious and Lily from Lily's Purple Plastic Purse.  My awesome teammate just had those to die for yellow cowboy boots in her closet!  
All Things October for the Elementary classroom - Make-a-monster art, book suggestions, super teacher costume freebie, Olivia the Pig costume step-by-step instructions, and Pinterest board with tons of Halloween ideas
Need an October read aloud?
All Things October for the Elementary classroom - Make-a-monster art, book suggestions, super teacher costume freebie, Olivia the Pig costume step-by-step instructions, and Pinterest board with tons of Halloween ideas
The Araminta Spookie series is one of my favorites!  Araminta is spunky and quite hilarious (as most of my favorite fictional characters are), plus I just love saying the words "bat sack" which you get to do quite a bit if you read the first book aloud. (It's the little things that make us teachers happy you know).  My second and third graders all loved these books and wanted to continue reading the series after we read the first one together.  You can get it at Amazon here.

Need more ideas for teacher costumes or October ideas?
All Things October for the Elementary classroom - Make-a-monster art, book suggestions, super teacher costume freebie, Olivia the Pig costume step-by-step instructions, and Pinterest board with tons of Halloween ideas
Hop on over to Pinterest and check out some darling teacher costumes plus an array of amazing October classroom projects and ideas from simple (I can do those!) to way too complex for me (maybe next year - I'll pin them now just in case).

Happy October,

Real World Math Freebie - John McBildit's Staircase Problem

John McBildit math project freebie - a great first week of 2nd  or 3rd grade math project, focused on different strategies that can be used to approach a math problem from I Want to be a Super Teacher
I use this math project every year during the first week of school.  The "end game" of this activity is to talk with the kids about the variety of strategies that can be used to solve a math problem.  It's also a good project to start discussion about the most "efficient" strategies to solve problems, since we will introduce a number of strategies and talk about the most efficient ones for each student throughout the year.

Here's a little outline of how I organize the three days we work on this problem in my classroom.

Day 1:
*Introduce the letter to students, have them read the letter looking for three things:
What is the problem you need to solve?
What information do you have that will help you solve the problem?
What materials might you need to help you?
*Make an anchor chart with the questions above and the answers students give you
*Show students the recording sheet where they will keep track of their work
*Student work time -- I give them enough time to possibly solve the problem in one, but not two different ways
This is a great day to talk about using unifix cubes as "tools not toys" and to introduce them to whatever your classroom management tool is for students to get your attention.  I use red plastic cups for students to put on their desks (although if they wear them as hats or snouts I tell them I won't be coming to them anytime soon.)
John McBildit math project freebie - a great first week of 2nd  or 3rd grade math project, focused on different strategies that can be used to approach a math problem from I Want to be a Super Teacher
 Day 2:
*Review the problem and introduce what it means to solve the problem in a "different" way.  I usually talk with students about models, drawings, and equations before I send them off to work.  I know this makes the project less "discovery-like", but sometimes on day 2 the kiddos need guidance as they haven't discovered anything.  :)
*Give students independent work time
*The extra question is: John is building a spiral staircase that is 50 steps high and follows the same pattern.  How many blocks will he need to buy?  The answer is 1275.  :)
*Spend the last 10 minutes talking with students at the carpet about their strategies.  This is a great way to show students what a number talk looks like since you'll be asking them to share their mathematical thinking in words and writing throughout the year.
*Students love it when you label the strategies with their names -- the "Parker" strategy, the "McKenna" strategy etc.  Record students' number talks as anchor charts for your beginning of the year math bulletin board or hall display.
John McBildit math project freebie - a great first week of 2nd  or 3rd grade math project, focused on different strategies that can be used to approach a math problem from I Want to be a Super Teacher

Day 3:
This day can get a little crazy, but I think it's worth it to spend three days.  Some kiddos really do need that many days to solve the problem, while some can finish it up in one.  You want to make sure you have a fast finisher for the kiddos who might not want to work on the extra problem.  I let them choose between the extra problem or writing a letter to McBildit with their answer.

*Use half of the class for work time and use the other half to talk about the most efficient strategies for solving the problem.
*Most efficient strategies:
I show students how to make a model and then make stacks of tens from the built model
I also show students how to use an equation and then group the numbers into tens and/or elevens to do the addition quickly
*To finish up the project, make three posters labeled, "Model", "Drawing", and "Equation/Number Sentence".  Let students sign their name on the poster(s) that represent the strategy(ies) they used or liked using the best.
John McBildit math project freebie - a great first week of 2nd  or 3rd grade math project, focused on different strategies that can be used to approach a math problem from I Want to be a Super Teacher

Click here or on any of the pictures to link to the freebie.  I hope you enjoy!  If you try out McBildit, what new and cool strategies did your kiddos come up with?

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 after the break, 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!



Do Unto Otters Guided Drawing and Classroom Rules

Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing steps and examples for students

My fabulous principal magically finagled FIVE workdays before school started this year, so my co-teacher and I (I'm currently in a classroom that uses a co-teaching model - Hurrah!) had FIVE amazing days to get our classroom ready and get prepared before the students came. 

Thus we had lots of time to make things cute and think about what we wanted to change for the upcoming year.

One of those things ended up being our classroom rules.  The sign was faded, you couldn't read them, and they didn't come close to passing my cuteness test.

Thus, we came up with these!
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for studentsBack to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for students
If you're looking for something new to start out the year or need to update your classroom rules.  Check out this darling book!  I love starting out the year with Do Unto Otters.  It's super cute and witty, and I laugh all the way through reading it while I explain to the second graders (who are staring at me like I'm crazy) why the little things the otters say are funny.  If you haven't seen it, or don't own it, click on the pic for an Amazon link.  I need to get a new one as my paperback is sorely worn.
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for students
Since we had a little extra time for a fun art project at the end of the week I decided to try my hand at guided drawing.  This was pretty last minute so I just came up with a drawing and about 8-10 steps which I said aloud as students followed along with my drawing on the doc camera - nothing fancy.
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for studentsBack to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for students
Here are the steps we used (or thereabouts):
1. Start in the middle of your paper.  Draw 2 vertical lines 2 inches apart.  Stop at the bottom of your paper.  This will be the otter's neck/body.
2. Draw a lightbulb shape at the top of the 2 lines.  This will be the head.
3. On each side of the lightbulb shape draw a curved rainbow/frown line.  These will be the ears.
4. Draw 2 large circles in the middle of the lightbulb shape.  These will be the eyes.
5. Draw a smile line between the two circles you just drew.  This will be the nose.
6. Draw a rainbow/frown line in each of the large circles and in the nose.
7.  Make a large dot in each of the football shapes in the eyes.  These will be the pupils.
8. Draw a large crescent moon shape under the nose you created.  This will be the smile.
9.  Draw 3 curved lines on each side of the head close to the smile.  These will be the whiskers.
10. Draw a moon shape on both sides of the body.  These will be the arms.
11.  Finish  your otter with hands, teeth, stripes, fur, and color!
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing steps and examples for students
I think the results were SUPER cute!  Plus,  it was QUIET and NO ONE CRIED.  On the first week that's what I call SUCCESS.
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing steps and examples for students
Try reading the book Do Unto Otters during your first week back.  It would work wonderfully in grades K-3.  Let me know if you try out the guided drawing.  I'd love to see your cute otters!
 

Having a bad day? Go to Australia. An Easy Clasroom Management Tool

Need an easy management tool for the elementary classroom?  This blog post details how to use Australian Flags along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a classroom management strategy.
This idea goes along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and comes from one of my college professors.  In his room, he had a table reserved as "Australia".  If one of his students was having a bad day they could go work at the Australia table for a few minutes until they were feeling better.
Need an easy management tool for the elementary classroom?  This blog post details how to use Australian Flags along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a classroom management strategy.
I've never quite had room to make a whole Australia table (in fact last year I didn't even have counter space and ended up putting them on my whiteboard), so I use little Australian flags.  We always read the Alexander book on the first week of school and then I talk to my students about the flags.  We brainstorm reasons to use the flags, how to put it on their desks, when to put it back, etc. (We do not live in Australia we discuss, so constant flag usage is not an option).  They know that they are having a bad morning/recess/feeling sad/having some sort of other undisclosed mental emergency, they can go get an Australian flag and put it on their desk.  They may NOT give fiendish stares to another student who may be causing their Australia emergency, they may just put the flag on their desk, take a few deep breaths, and know that I know something is up.
Need an easy management tool for the elementary classroom?  This blog post details how to use Australian Flags along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a classroom management strategy.
This gives them an immediate way to show me they're upset, and is a great reminder for me to check in with them when I have a chance.  Two seconds after recess ends is NEVER the best time for mental check-ins, so this gives them the power to show me they might need a little extra love while not needing to wave their cute little arms in my face while I usher 29 other little kidlets in from the playground.

I've also found this to be a great tool to tell parents about at conferences.  If a parent happens to mention that their child is feeling upset or frustrated with a classmate and feels as if I should be noticing said frustration, I tell them all about the flags and ask their child if they've been using them.  I'm not a mind reader, but I can see a flag if you slap one on your desk.      
Need an easy management tool for the elementary classroom?  This blog post details how to use Australian Flags along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a classroom management strategy.
This simple strategy has always worked really well in my classroom, although there have been a few times I've had some fiendish stare-ers who needed a reminder or two on appropriate flag usage. These work especially well for shy students who might not want to talk about exactly what is bothering them immediately, or for students who need time to process before talking about something that is bothering them.

If you are short on time and don't want to make your own flags/poster, check out my TpT product that includes 8 different posters and 3 different styles of flags.  Just print and go!
Need an easy management tool for the elementary classroom?  This blog post details how to use Australian Flags along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a classroom management strategy.
Need an easy management tool for the elementary classroom?  This blog post details how to use Australian Flags along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a classroom management strategy.
I hope you can use this idea in your classroom.  Let me know if you give it a try!

TpT Back to School Gift Card Giveaway Bloghop

It's Back to School time!  I know many of you went back this week (or even weeks ago!), but I'm one of those "Start with kids after Labor Day" teachers (I'll pay my dues mid-June while you are all out sipping yummy summer drinks), so I've been on the enjoying-summer-until-the-very-last-minute train.

Now it's time to get serious though.  I go back next Friday, so the TpT ONE DAY BONUS SALE is perfectly timed for me.  I didn't even know which grade I'd be teaching at the beginning of August, so I couldn't really take advantage of the last sale days.  Thankfully we have one more day!!!

If you're just finding my blog for the first time through this awesome BLOG HOP, thanks for stopping by!  Please follow me on Bloglovin' so you can be notified of my new posts.  I've been working on updating tons of freebies and items in my store this summer.  Here's a few items I've updated or finished this summer. (Freebies too!)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Third-Grade-Homework-September-20-NO-PREP-Printables-Editable-Homework-Menu-834099
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Work-Center-Activities-for-Grades-2-3-220-Pages-of-Print-and-Go-Resources-178758

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Challenges-Brainteasers-Perfect-Fast-Finishers-Homework-Extensions-1287275
There's only 24 hours to enter this $10 TpT Giftcard Giveaway.  It starts at 12am Eastern time on Sunday and runs until 12am Eastern time on Monday.  I'll notify the winner as soon as possible on Monday morning so you can spend the moolah from the gift card at the TpT sale.  Exciting!

All you need to do to enter is follow my TpT Store, my Blog, my IG or mix and match. 
When you finish entering here,  
go to the next stop on the hop by clicking the button below.
Good luck and Happy Back to School Super Teachers!
 

Back to School Writing Activity - Stones in the River

Stones in the River writing activity - perfect for the first week of school in the elementary classroom!  This post explains how to create "Rivers" with your students where they can keep their ideas for writing throughout the year!
Writing!  I love it so.
This activity is called Stones in the River.  It's perfect for the beginning of the year because it's all about brainstorming ideas, even though the kids don't know that yet.  It's a resource we come back to over and over again when we're stuck for writing ideas, or to add to as we think of more.  If I ever hear "I don't have anything to write about.", my automatic response is "Go to your river.", and then "Have you gone to your river?", and then "Why don't you add some things to your river?"  

During the first week of school I do this activity step-by-step with the kids.  I show them rivers I've created in the past and let them know that if they are dying to put color on their river, they can when we finish making as many stones as possible.
Stones in the River writing activity - perfect for the first week of school in the elementary classroom!  This post explains how to create "Rivers" with your students where they can keep their ideas for writing throughout the year!
Stones in the River Step by Step:
1. Get a long piece of art paper
2. Draw your river with 2 lines (straight, curvy, jagged, whatever) as far apart on the paper as possible.
3. Think of any people that you know who are important to you.  Every one of these people will be a stone in your river.  For every person you can think of write their name and then draw a circle or oval around it. These are now the first stones in your river.
Stones in the River writing activity - perfect for the first week of school in the elementary classroom!  This post explains how to create "Rivers" with your students where they can keep their ideas for writing throughout the year!
4. Think of any places where you've spent a lot of time, places you have visited or want to visit.  Every place you can think of will be a stone in your river.  These don't have to be theme parks or vacation destinations; they can be your bedroom or the playground.  You definitely spend a lot of time there! Write the place and put any kind of circle around it you want.  These are now stones in your river.
Stones in the River writing activity - perfect for the first week of school in the elementary classroom!  This post explains how to create "Rivers" with your students where they can keep their ideas for writing throughout the year!
5. Think of any things or events that are important to you.  Things can be animals, foods, or even colors.  Events can be holidays, special occasions, or memories.  These are now stones in your river too!  Look how crazy full your river is getting!
Stones in the River writing activity - perfect for the first week of school in the elementary classroom!  This post explains how to create "Rivers" with your students where they can keep their ideas for writing throughout the year!
6. Write your name on your river!  That way when we find it on the floor, we can bring it right back to you. We wouldn't want you to lose something so special.  :)

Students can color their rivers or continue adding to them.  I always remind them to keep extra space in their river because they will definitely want to add people, places, things, and events as our year together continues.  They fold these up, put them in their writer's notebook, and use them whenever they're stuck for ideas.

Follow-up mini lessons with our rivers include:
How you can use your river to spark an idea for writing
Genre switch - using a river idea to write pieces in multiple genres (a poem AND a narrative about your cat)
Adding on to your river when you think of new ideas

Happy back to school!  Enjoy the rest of August!

One of My Favorites! The C.H.I.P. Trophy

Step by step instructions for making C.H.I.P. (Caring helpful independent polite) Awards.  Great for elementary school students - From I Want to be a Super Teacher
I wish I could take credit for this idea, but "The C.H.I.P Trophy" was introduced to me after my first year of teaching by Kris Thurgood and Kim Christopherson, two teachers and sisters who started ilovethatteachingidea.com.  

The CHIP (stands for Caring, Helpful, Independent, Polite, Person) trophy is a shrunken chip bag glued atop a red Solo cup with a label taped to the front.  Every year as I burn my knuckles smacking down shrinking chip bags in the oven, my husband wonders aloud, "Is that really worth it?"  The answer -- ABSOLUTELY!  For nine years I used the CHIP trophy and I can attest to its power.
Step by step instructions for making C.H.I.P. (Caring helpful independent polite) Awards.  Great for elementary school students - From I Want to be a Super Teacher
After the success of the CHIP trophy, I decided to see if wearing a shrunken chip bag would also entice my students.  Yep!  Thus, the CHIP necklace was born.  This is simply a shrunken chip bag with a hole punched in it, tied with yarn. I love that third graders find these irresistible and will do almost anything to get one - including always saying please and thank you.
Step by step instructions for making C.H.I.P. (Caring helpful independent polite) Awards.  Great for elementary school students!
When I was going to "teacher" school I remember thinking badly upon extrinsic rewards and promising myself when I was a teacher, I would help my students to be motivated just for the sake of knowing they did the right thing.  Of course, this is always a goal, but after 10 years, I've learned that chip bags work much better than feelings of moral superiority.  CHIP trophies and necklaces are here to stay.
Step by step instructions for making C.H.I.P. (Caring helpful independent polite) Awards.  Great for elementary school students - From I Want to be a Super Teacher
At a parent conference a few years ago a grandmother related how excited her grandson was to bring home his CHIP trophy, saying he was so thrilled they decided to use it as the star on their Christmas tree.  Siblings of past students relate how their brothers/sisters/friends won the trophy when they were in third grade and how the dog ate/mutilated/stepped on it and made their brother/sister/friend cry.  I often hear from parents of trying to throw away their now 14 year old child's dusty CHIP trophy, but it had to be put in the "special things" box because their teenager refused to part with it.  Thus, I will continue to burn my hands every summer as I spend  a few days using my oven as a chip bag shrinking machine. 

Try it!
1. Put a chip bag (must have a foil inside) in your oven at 250-300 degrees (you can try shrinking more than one but I suggest one to start)
2. Watch it.
3. Keep watching it.
Nothing will happen.
Then . . .
All of a sudden . . .
The corners will start to curl!
4. Get your spatula and smack the bag flat
5. Flip the bag
6.  Repeat steps 4&5 until the bag is as small as you'd like it.
7.  Let it cool, hot glue it to a SOLO cup, smack on a label (Mine say CHIP Trophy Mrs. Smith's Third Grade Class) and start rewarding caring, helpful, independent, polite people!

If anyone tries this let me know.  I swear by CHIP trophies and I hope someone else can use this great idea!


Wonka Week: An End of Year Tradition and Freebie

Ideas for Wonka Week using golden ticket freebie - perfect for the end of the year!
You're almost there!  The end of the year is so very close! (or if you're out in May - congratulations you've officially made it to summer!)
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 with other subjects too.  
*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.  My kids always love it and it's a fun way to end the year,