Blackmore second grade students entered Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory on February 3.
Each year, second grade students at Blackmore Elementary read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. On the day Charlie enters the factory in the story, the second grade teachers transform their classrooms and hallway into a tangible version of that factory.
The walls are covered with candy made from colorful paper plates, cellophane, Styrofoam bowls, and balloons.
Each classroom door is decorated to depict one of the rooms from the chocolate factory and the activities transform STEM, science, art, and language arts lessons into a world of wonder.
Before entering the chocolate factory, teachers review what they have already read in the story and each student is presented with a chocolate bar to see if they’ve won a golden ticket that will allow them to enter the chocolate factory. Mr. Wonka (portrayed by Principal Schuetz) collects the tickets at the entrance to the second grade hallway.
The day is filled with themed activities as students enjoy their day in the chocolate factory and finish reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.