Sunday, April 09, 2017

If you love Jelly Beans......

Can’t you just smell spring in the air? Daffodils beginning to bloom, Lilac trees starting to flower, and Lilies of the Valley popping up. I just love the aroma. Not only is my birthday in April but it brings us Passover, Easter, and one that you may never have heard of, can you guess? If you said Jelly Bean Day, you’d be right. It's April 22nd. I don’t know about you, but I looove jelly beans. They come in so many awesome flavors, no I don’t like the black ones, but I had an aunt who used to love them.

Jelly beans have a history that goes way back to the 1800’s, that's the year they were first made. It's believed that the first bean was inspired by the yummy candy called Turkish Delight, made of flavorful fruit and powdered sugar.  Did you know that the term Jelly Bean was used to describe electronic equipment? I didn't either. It was also used to describe a young male who would dress in the latest fad to attract a young lady, but once he caught her eye, he had nothing else to offer. 

Harry Potter made this tiny bean more popular with,”Bertie Bott’s Every
Flavor Bean,” with some of the grossest flavors like earwax, vomit, sausage, rotten egg and more. When you ate these beans, you never knew what you were getting till you put it into your mouth.

Looking for fun things to do this month? How about poetry and writing
activities that have to do with this infamous little bean! Stick around, I’ve got some great ideas for you.

There’s a new candy store in town that wants you to come up with a new flavor for jelly beans.  What are the ingredients, what is the recipe., what does your new jelly bean look like, and how does it taste? Use colorful  adjectives to describe it.
Take a bag put different flavors of jelly beans into it. Go around the room and have each child pick one and without looking at it, eat it. They will then write a poem using adjectives to describe it using their five senses.
Adjective practice, give every student a jelly bean and they are to write down 3-5 adjectives to describe it. Go around the room and have everyone say their adjectives out loud, the rest of the class must guess what type of jelly bean that person is describing.
You are at Walmart and a strange looking lady gives you 3 magic jelly beans, what do you do with them? Write a story about what happens.
You go to sleep and wake up in a land made of jelly beans.  Why are you here? Is it real, or a dream? Write a story about your experience here. Use descriptive adjectives to paint a vivid picture of this adventure.
You are a jelly bean! What do you look like? How does it feel? What happens to you?  Write a story about this.
Here’s a YouTube video with a jelly bean song. Show it to your class and  then have them write a rap or other kind of song about jelly beans.
April is also poetry month and I want to help you inspire your students with these engaging and creative poetry activities that they’ll love. Take a look.
Poetry at Socrates Lantern
Till next time…..Happy Jelly Bean Day   Deann

This post is part of our April Teacher Talk monthly blogging collaborative.

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