You are in for a sweet treat today! This post will have a plethora of teaching ideas with a candy theme. After all, today is National Chocolate Day and Friday, we celebrate National Candy Corn Day followed by every teacher’s favorite, Halloween! It is a sweet week indeed! (and I say that with a little snicker in my voice because…)
Well, why not take advantage of these important holidays and use them to motivate your kiddos? After all, there are so many great books that could be tied to a sweet treat theme. In this post, I’ll share all of the books and resources I’ve found.
Books with a Candy Theme
Wow, there are so many book options that fit a variety of needs in this theme. If you are looking for a great read aloud for your students, how about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or The Chocolate Touch? You can even grab this unit to include comprehension skills with your reading.
Need picture books to model writing skills? Pinkalicious is always a hit and can lead to great patterned writing. I also love A Bad Case of Stripes for writing too. I can also see Bad Kitty working well too. Maybe you’re teaching sequencing or story patterns? The books by Laura Numeroff work well for modeling at a lower level before digging into other texts. If you give a Cat a Cupcake or If you give a Dog a Donut hit the sweet treat theme. Finally, I’d recommend using Enemy Pie. It’s great for friendship too. Here are freebies that go with Pinkalicious and Bad Case of Stripes.
Activity Ideas with a Candy Theme
Again, there is no shortage of activities for a “Sweet Treat” theme. This Pinterest board is stocked full of free resources you can use in conjunction with these great book options, and most can be used any time of year.
I loved these art examples, and I think it would be fun cooking in the classroom to go with them. You can add a writing prompt such as a “How-To” paper explaining how you make a cupcake or how the project was made or write an opinion papers on the “best” sweet treat.
If you are wanting to carry this theme across the curriculum, you might include health and diet as part of your science part of the day, and here are a few writing links you might check out using these mentor texts.
Resources and Freebies with a Candy Theme
Are you familiar with Mmm, Cookies!, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, The Doorbell Rang or Cookie’s Week? Well, as I pinned these to my board this morning, a story popped in my head for a new partner script. I thought I’d share it with this post.
- Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds for Aspen Creek Elementary School$48.00
- The Recess Queen Read Aloud and SEL Activities Book Companion
- Stick and Stone Book Companion Read Aloud and SEL Activities$5.00
- I Like Myself Reading and Writing Activities Lessons Craftivities$4.50
- Say Something Reading and Writing Activities$5.00
- The Crayon Box That Talked Activities Social Emotional Learning$5.00
- Do Unto Otters Literacy Activities Social Emotional Learning$5.00
- Summer Reading Lists for Grades K-5$1.50
- Imogene’s Antlers Reading and Writing Activities Lessons Craftivities$5.00
To work on fluency, I thought I’d share this poetry freebie with you. This one is called, “The Mystery of the Sugar Monster”. It includes the poem, a comprehension and word work page, and a visualizing page. Enjoy using it with your students. I hope they’ll enjoy it.
Tech Resources You Might Enjoy
Here are a few video links to the stories I mentioned. Sometimes, it’s nice to have the clips if the books are not readily available.
Pinkalicious Read Aloud
Bunny Cakes Read Aloud
Boom Card Resources
Other Thematic Posts You’d Enjoy:
- Resources and Teaching Ideas for Learning about Bats
- Frog and Toad Teaching Ideas for the Primary Classroom
- How to Use The Butterfly House for Teaching Life Cycles and More
How would you celebrate a Sweet Week with your kids? Share your ideas in the comments below.