really enjoyed participating in Chocolate Stories. Not only did
we get to eat chocolate, we learned a lot about chocolate over a
three week period. We did many different activities, read many
different books, and used different technologies throughout the
first week of our unit, we read From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate
by Robin Nelson. We learned how a cocoa bean is turned into a
bar of chocolate that we can buy and eat. We worked on steps in
a process. We were able to put chocolate cards in order by
working with our groups. We also then had to do it on our own
and write a sentence about each step.
second and third week we did a lot more!
week two, one group read Choco-Louie by Jeff Kindley.
This story was about a little boy named Louie who loved to eat
chocolate. His big brother, Ben, bets Louie that he would not
last a week without chocolate. The students had fun reading
about Louie and the temptations that he faces throughout the
week in order to win the bet. The second group read The
Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene. This is a story about a
boy, John, who loves to eat candy above anything else,
especially chocolate. John learns that chocolate is not always
the best thing to eat when he eats a piece of magically
chocolate. The students in both groups worked on comprehension
and vocabulary worksheets throughout the week. We also worked on
the reading skill of comparing and contrasting by using Reese's
Cups and Hershey Bars. It was a lot of fun! The students worked
with their groups and a big version of a Venn Diagram. They used
their taste, touch, and smell to help them compare and contrast
the two different types of candy bars.
writing, the students picked their favorite food that they could
not live without. The students then developed a web to develop
ideas to write about. They then took this web and started
writing their story about their favorite foods. The students
told why it was their favorite, what makes it their favorite,
and why they could not live without this food. These stories are
not quite finished at this time. We are going to the computer
lab to type them. We are learning how to use Microsoft Word. The
students also used Kid Pix Deluxe 3 to write two sentences about
their favorite type of chocolate. They then illustrated their
sentences. These turned out to be very adorable.
did a math activity during our Chocolate Stories. Each student
was given a tally chart to take home. They had to ask four
people what their favorite type of candy bar was. The tally
chart listed five different types with a category of Other for
those people whose favorite candy bar was not listed. The next
day we went around the classroom and each student told the class
who they asked and what the favorite candy bar was. We kept a
running tally chart on our dry erase board. After we did this,
the students were split into five groups. Each group then worked
with me to develop either a bar graph or a pictograph using
MaxCount. Since we had
never used this program before it was a lot of fun. After the
each group had met with me, they were given a copy of their
graphs and they worked together to develop five questions about
their graphs. These were then put together and put into a
center. The students were able to work on them during free time
when they were finished with their classroom work.
last week of our unit, one group read Curious George Goes to
the Chocolate Factory by H.A. and Margaret Rey. The other
group continued to read The Chocolate Touch. The students worked
on comprehension skills during the week.
the unit, I was reading the students the book Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The students loved this
book! They could not wait for me to start reading it each day to
learn what was going to happen next. After we had finished
reading the book, each student took a Reading Counts! quiz. The
students did a wonderful job on the quiz. We also watched Willy
Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. We discussed how the movie and
book were the same and different. We are also looking forward to
watching the new movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
when it becomes available on DVD on November 8th.
information concerning our project, please visit our
website. I have posted students pictures, work, and the
worksheets that we used throughout the unit.