Using FROZEN to Spark Student Motivation!

Yesterday was our last day before... SPRING BREAK! That's right, WE MADE IT!!


We decided to do a little March motivation to keep our behavior and academics in check. When we realized Frozen came out on DVD in March, we knew it was perfect!

All of my fourth graders have a kindergarten buddy that they read with every Friday. It is ADORABLE and means so much to both groups.

We wanted to keep them on task during this time all March, and encourage behavior in the classroom other times. So, we created a "March Madness: Behavior and Reading Challenge!"

We gave each pair of students a piece of card stock with 10 different genres of books (things both 4th and K had been studying such as historical fiction, Dr. Seuss, seasons, a small chapter book, etc.) They had the 3 Fridays in March, leading up to yesterday, to finish reading all of these books together and get their papers stamped. Then, there was also a "behavior" stamp for each Friday. The students had to stay on "green" all week to receive their Friday stamp. They each needed 2/3 to qualify to watch the movie!

What do ya know… EVERY student made it! All 118 K's and fourthies! We were so proud of them :)

We celebrated by watching the movie and enjoying a "Frozen" snack! We made little "Olafs" out of a graham cracker, blue frosting, 3 marshmallows for the body, pretzels for the arms, chocolate chips for the buttons and eyes, and a tiny piece of an orange slice candy for the nose. (I forgot to take a picture of a finished product, I'm so sorry! @Missnelsonsgotthecamera has a picture on Instagram though, where I got the idea!)

Here's some pictures of them in action :)

They had an AMAZING time! Both groups were singing along and belting out the music the whole time! (Check my Instagram for an adorable video!)

How do you Spark Student Motivation, especially in the crazy months? Link up with my BBB Joanne over at Head over Heels for Teaching to show what you do! 

Also, to spark a little motivation for YOU, here are two exciting things going on right now!

First, my ENTIRE TPT store is 20% off today and tomorrow! Head on over and "spring clean" those wish lists of yours! :) Don't forget to leave feedback to earn TPT credits so you can buy more!

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Have a great Saturday, everyone! 


  1. This is awesome! My youngest (6 year old BOY) is obsessed with Frozen.. my other kids love it too! Ah heck, so do us parents!
    :) Erin

    1. Thank you!! They loved it and so did we! Haha I totally loved it as much as them! This was my first time seeing it and I LOVED listening to them sing along and enjoying it with them! :) Thanks for the love!

  2. I have to get that movie. My kids are in HS now, so I'll probably have to watch it by myself. I may feel a Movie Day coming on at school soon.... :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

    1. I highly recommend watching it! :) I don't have any little ones to watch it with, so this was a perfect way to get to see it! Your kiddos would love it at school :) Enjoy it!

  3. Brilliant! I am planning on showing this to my 5th graders and their 3rd graders one day after our state testing. We will ALL need a break I'm sure! :)
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'