Ms. Kreul's Fourth Grade Class
Richards Elementary School
Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
Chocolate Fever  and The Chocolate Touch

What a great project idea, Mrs. Silverman and Mrs. McGowan! With a project titled “Chocolate Stories,” how could we resist?

During read-aloud time over the past few weeks, 4K has shared two wonderful stories about two boys who couldn’t resist chocolate – Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith and The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. These two boys experienced adventures – and misadventures – based on their love of chocolate and learned about what kinds of things are really important for a happy, healthy life.

As Ms. Kreul read aloud, students listened intently and wrote down their personal reactions to the text including connections, predictions, inferences, plot details and more. At the end of each read-aloud time, students took a few minutes to share their comments and thoughts with classmates. The combination of writing and discussing comments about the two stories will help students as they participate in literature circles in a few weeks.

Groups work together to compare and contrast aspects of the two stories, such as the main characters personalities, the main characters’ goals, and each story settings. We would like to share two samples of 4K’s work with you.

We hope you stop in at your library or book store, pick up Chocolate Fever and The Chocolate Touch, and enjoy reading these two terrific books soon!



©  Susan Silverman and Marci McGowan 2005