It’s spring, April is coming, and our thoughts turn to—jelly beans! National Jelly Bean Day is April 22. Yay! In spring, however, students often get spring fever. Use jelly-bean fever to help combat this enormous obstacle to learning! You’ll find your students reengaging all over the place when you implement one or more of the following jelly bean lessons.
Click on Jelly Belly’s® General Information About Our Products to determine ingredients and nutritional information about Jelly Belly® beans.
The Jelly Belly’s® company has taken the (ahem) lowly jelly bean to new heights. Your students were introduced to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry unknowingly buys them while traveling on the train to Hogwarts.
- Read the Goodreads quote, in which Ron cautions Harry to be careful when eating jelly beans that come in “every” flavor. What a great passage to share aloud with students. Here, too, is Jelly Belly’s®’s Info Page on earthworm, spaghetti, and bacon flavored beans.
- Writing Prompt: Invent a Jelly Belly® flavor (within limits) and write a paragraph selling your “new” flavor. Students could also invent new
Jelly Belly® flavors for other Jelly Belly® collaborations such as Minions, Star Wars, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
- Turn students into bean counters (or bean multipliers) using the colorful beans in your math lessons. Goodbye oat-colored Cheerios.
- Young students can read about the fascinating history of the Jelly Belly® and the company’s growing list of
odd-ballflavors. Both parts come with questions to test comprehension skills.
- Need a social studies connection? How about 10 Presidential Quotes worksheet?
- Seeking an art project? Why not a jelly bean mosaic?