Spark Student Motivation: Bubble Gum Day! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Spark Student Motivation: Bubble Gum Day!

I can't believe it. The year is coming to a close... and we have less than five weeks of school left...! I'm linking up with my sweet BBB Joanne to share one way I keep things fun and exciting as we wind down the year!
Remember I shared with you last year about our ABC Calendar Countdown? We are doing that again this year! Here is my calendar for this year, in case you need any ideas... obviously if your last day isn't the 22nd, it doesn't really help you to download it- sorry!
Yesterday was Bubble Gum Day! We used my Bubble Gum Day TPT Unit to have some educational fun. :o)
We started off the day by learning about how gum was "invented" and changed over the years with the bubble gum passage (and chewing gum of course). It was great to practice our test-taking strategies with the questions. Then, we sorted the parts of speech gumballs into their correct gumball machines (adverbs, adjectives, and prepositions). Each gumball has a sentence with a word underlined.
I had my kids work in their table groups to complete this. (I made four sets of the game.) They all took a couple of the gumballs and took turns reading their sentence, and telling where they think the sentence should go and why. They had such a good time- honestly! It makes me laugh because if I had given them a worksheet with these sentences on it, they would have groaned...

Unfortunately, we didn't get to complete the fun bubble gum writing activity included in the pack because we are trying to get our biographies finished!! But we did get to have some bubble gum fun in math. Students saw how many bubbles they could blow in one minute (I gave them all some Dubble Bubble) and we made a line plot to display our data:
Then they completed the activity using the information from the line plot:
We had to add a plus sign next to the 10 to make it 10+ bubbles because we had some friends blow more than 10! I have some talented kids! :-P

We also had another activity we had to get in during math, so my kiddos didn't get to play the Sticky Angles game, but my neighbor teammate's class did! She ran the game boards on the big 11X17 white paper so that all of her kids could play it as a partner game!
You can also print them in color and put them into file folders (laminated) to make a quick file folder game for your kiddos to play anytime, not just on Bubble Gum Day! :o)

If you want to grab this unit to have your own Bubble Gum Day, you can get it for only $3.00 just for this weekend! Enjoy!

Go check out the other ideas linked up with Joanne, too!


  1. Wow! What a fun day Bubble Gum day is! Even though I have 7 more weeks of school left I know the time will fly by very quickly! Your calendar of motivational ideas is fabulous! Thanks for sharing.


  2. I love the countdown calendar idea! Our last day is June 6th so with a few date changes and perhaps a few middle school tweaks, it will be perfect! Thanks!! :)

  3. I can't wait to do Bubble Gum Day with my kids this year! I'm so excited because I have your unit!!! :) I love that line plot-14 bubbles? Wow! You do have some talent in your class! Such a fun idea to motivate students at the end of the year! Thanks for sharing and linking up BBB!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  4. Your idea was similar to mine in that we both used a sweet treat as motivation! Reading your post and Joanne's motivated ME to link up for the first time. Thanks for posting about this, it looks fantastic. I am going to have to grab a copy for myself!

  5. I have been trying to find something fun to do with my students this Thursday because they are testing all day Tuesday and Wednesday. I just bought your Gumball Day pack. It will be perfect! So glad you shared it today on your blog!

    Ladybugs Lounge

  6. What a great activity! My kids would LOVE it if I let them chew gum in class...unfortunately, the janitor would not.

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  7. What a great idea for the end of school! (I wouldn't want to give the kids the idea any earlier in the year that chewing gum at school was OK! And I wouldn't let them chew it outside of the classroom, for the sake of my teacher-friends' sanity!) So....I just bought this unit, and I'll leave feedback on TpT after I've used it with my students. Thank you for the great price this weekend.

  8. Super cute! What a fun way to wrap up "B" day! :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  9. I love this calendar! Thanks for sharing!!


  10. What a fun way to end the year! Are you done with testing or is this going on amongst the test prep?



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