bubble gum FUN! (writing and math)

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! (Thank goodness for Saturdays, right?) 
I know I am, because I got all my grades finished and handed out yesterday. Such a relief!

My students worked really hard this week, so to reward those little cuties... we had a GUM day!
Of course, I made them earn it with good behavior (you gotta make 'em work for it)!

I got this fun gum activity from Julie Lee over at Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten
She has so many great ideas! If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you definitely need to!

I made a few changes to this lesson and I adapted it to my 2nd grade students.

First I gave my students some bubble gum (Double Bubble) and believe me, they were so excited! 
Then we chewed and CHEWED! I also put them into partners so they could practice blowing a bubble. 
You should have seen some of their faces... they were HILARIOUS and they looked like chipmunks!

Then we talked about some bubble blowing tricks. By this point, they were really into this writing activity and couldn't wait to get back to their own desks and begin writing down their own bubble blowing instructions. We also graphed who could and couldn't blow a bubble. I was worried some students would feel bad about not being able to blow a bubble, but they weren't. They were just excited to actually have gum and learn how!

When they were all done writing about How to Blow a Bubble, they did this cute little art activity to go with it. 
I was so impressed at how darling some of them turned out! Seriously, how adorable is this???

And just in case you are wondering... I did blow the balloons up a head of time! I just didn't want to deal with it during the lesson. I only blew mine up about 1/4 of the way, so they would stay small. As the students finished their faces, I looped them through the mouth hole and taped them on the back.

Click the image below to download this fun activity:
Thanks Julie for being so creative and wonderful! 

What do you do to reward your students with good behavior?
How do you get your students excited about writing?

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