Need an easy end of year tradition? Wonka Week!

Our last weeks (we finish up with kiddos June 6th) have been so busy that I didn't have the time for Camp Coyote.  Instead, I pulled out the tried and true Wonka Week.  If you're still in school and need a little something to motivate those little ones, this might do the trick.  If you're already out (summer!!!) then put this in your little bag-o-tricks for another year. Here's a few things we did for Wonka Week.
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Wonka Tickets
Throughout Wonka week(s) these are the new incentives for student behavior.  All students who receive a Wonka ticket get put in a drawing to get a small candy bar at the end of the day.  If they draw a candy bar that contains a lucky Golden Ticket then they get one of the BIG prizes.
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
For maximum effect put out the candy bars and prizes a day or two before you introduce the Wonka tickets. My little second graders' curiosity was piqued after an hour looking at the candy.  The cool candy jar our PTO gave us for Teacher Appreciation Week didn't hurt either.  Way better than a glass bowl.
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
If you're interested in a little Wonka motivation you can get free copies of the golden tickets I use here.  Then all you need to do is print these out and do a little candy bar finagling (see my finagling steps pictured below). 
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!

Wonka Factories
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
How cute are these?  For math we worked on creating our own Wonka Factory floors. Students get a letter from Willy Wonka asking them to design a new floor for his factory. They have rooms they have to include and then get to add rooms of their choice with any left over area.  Here are the results.  I always love hearing them talk about their ideas for candy rooms.  Jelly bean fountain!  Cotton candy island!  :)  You can get this product that includes 2 differentiated versions of this project in my TpT Store.  
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Wonka Science
Tons of fun and easy science experiments can be centered around candy:
Which candy bars will sink when put in water? Which will float?
What will happen when a Gobstopper is put in water? soda? juice? vinegar?
What will happen when you put Skittles in water? (The S floats!)
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Of course we had to do a little movie watching as well - gotta love that Gene Wilder.  I think I love this movie even more as an adult than I did as a kid.  Classic!    
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Happy end of the year!  May your students be happy, kind, and only minimally squirrel-like,  
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3 comments

  1. Willy Wonka is such an iconic film! And I love this tradition, it looks like so much fun!

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  2. What a fun idea! I will have to try this next year!

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  3. Great ideas, Katie! I love how you tied everything all together around the Wonka theme! I'm going to have to remember this for the end of next year - thanks for sharing!
    Diane
    schoolhousetreasures

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