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. Mrs. Sampoll's room was the TV Room, Mrs. Pletcher's room was the Chocolate Room, and Mrs. Morris' room was the Inventing Room.
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 Mr. 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 the book. They designed Willie Wonka's factory using toothpicks and gummy fruit slices in the Inventing Room. Students enjoyed their chocolate bars as inspiration for designing their own chocolate bar and created chocolate slime using water, hot chocolate mix and fiber powder in the Chocolate Room. The TV room featured Charlie Bingo, which is a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed bingo game.
Students apply STEM skills to design Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory in the Inventing Room.