Activities April For Teachers Grade 2 Spring Writing

Jelly Bean Lesson Ideas

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.

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Diane D has been researching and writing for Simple Solutions since retiring from her teaching position at the Nordonia schools. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Diane, who is fluent in Italian, travels a lot, bikes every opportunity she gets, rock climbs, skis, and has recently joined a rowing team.

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