My Favorite End of Year Activity - Wonka Week!

Squirrely kidlets?  Me too!  I'm bringing back Wonka Week this year after a long hiatus (I just lost track of time!) and am excited to introduce it to my kids.

Let's do it together!
Buy: a bag or two of small wrapped candy bars (not the vacuum sealed kind – the wrapped in foil-lined paper kind), and 5-10 candy bars, books or other "big" prizes.
Print: the Wonka Tickets on yellow/gold paper.
Put: 5-10 Wonka tickets inside 5-10 special small candy bars.  You will have to fold them up and possibly reseal the small candy bars.
Get: a beautiful bowl to house all of the little candy bars – keep it visible but not reachable!
Cut: the rest of the Wonka Tickets out and put them in a secure baggie hidden from view.
During the week give out Wonka Tickets instead of your normal classroom incentive to awesomely behaved students. Students who earn a Wonka Ticket put it in some special vase or bowl for an end of day drawing.  At the end of the day (or even throughout if your kiddos are especially squirrely) draw as many Wonka Tickets as you like.  Students who win the drawing get a pick from the small candy bar bowl.  The lucky students who find the Golden Wonka Tickets in their candy bars get one of the exciting giant prizes! (Teacher note: I have had students scream and twirl in circles with excitement when they discover the special golden tickets in the small candy bars - LIFE highlight!)

I typically try to stay away from food incentives, but Wonka Week has been a great end of year treat for the kids (and for me!) in the past, so I'm putting my feelings about the candy-kid-combo aside for 10-14 days.

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.  Is this cheating?! 

Click here or on any of the pictures to go to my TpT store to download my Wonka Golden Tickets freebie.  
You can also see more pictures and ideas for what Wonka Week can look like in your classroom at my blog posts here and here.    

Happy Wonka Week!
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  1. This is a rad idea! I always show the OLD version of Willy Wonka in segments during that last week (too many of the kids have only seen the lame-o new version). This would be a perfect addition! Thanks for sharing.

    Kelley "Following You" Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  2. I always do a Willy Wonka candy bar as a reward for AR during the last trimester of the year. Each student who earns a certain amount of points get a Wonka bar and 5 of those bars has a Golden Ticket and they trade it the last week of school to have lunch and a video with the teacher. The students love this.

  3. omg such a great idea... def cant wait to try this.. by the way im your newest follower... drop by =)

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  4. I am so glad I stumbled across this post! I teach fifth, and we did a science/language arts unit on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and all of the "simple machines" we imagine existed in that factory. This would be an excellent thing for us to do at the end of the school year...and really relevant to our classroom. Thanks for the idea!

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