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Chocolate week ideas please

Discussion in 'Primary' started by must be crazy!, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. I teach year 4 and we are doing chocolate as a topic for a week or so and are looking for ideas on what and how.
    Thought I would ask here, as I am sure there are many creative people who have done this before with ideas of what works and more importantly what doesn't!!
    So, the floor is yours ... anyone got any thoughts???
    Thanks as always
     
  2. We do a project in the summer term about chocolate!
    They start by looking at all sorts of different wrappers, sorting them in many different ways and noticing how the wrappers inform and appeal to the buyer- colour (to reflect mint, caramel etc) Names (e.g. star bar, boost) cartoon characters (freddo for kids, none on turkish delight- for adults) Use of slogans and logos to appeal to different people (Yorkie- not for girls!) and so on.
    Then they start experimenting with adjective/verb/noun combinations so make up their own names.
    Then they think of three or four fillings for chocolate bars, do a survey among their friends and choose the most popular idea. They then think of a slogan and design the wrapper for their own chocolate bar. They design the grid for the wrapper and measure it in 'real-size' and cut it out and put it together when they're done.
    You can take it further and get them to make the chocolate bars making moulds out of kitchen foil to fit the wrappers they've made. They can make the chocolate bars in school, or set it as homework.
    We read Charlie and the Chocolate factory, and make up our own oompa-loomps songs too!
    More work there than you can fit in a week perhaps, but hope the ideas help!
     
  3. Would it be appropriate to do a thing on fairtrade as part of your week? Dairy Milk is fairtrade now, and Kitkat so it's more accessible than it was when it was only smaller companies... We did a whole fortnight of Fairtrade activities so sure I could remember a few ideas if you are interested.
     
  4. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

  5. Chocolate and advertising (persuasive writing and some drama)? The scientific process of chocolate production?
     
  6. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    cant you do surveys based up on taste/le then do tasting
    ingredients and where these come from
    history and the battles to get it to britain and transport
    Plants and areas of the world.
    make thier own choccie song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pGotyTjx8k&feature=related
    types of chocolares as in bakers
    design your own and make?
     
  7. Ooh, some nice ideas, Looking forward to it even more now.
    Any more???
     
  8. cazone

    cazone New commenter

    Currently working on SOW on Charlie and the Chocolate factory
    Make own chocolate - use chocolate bars and melt down, create own chocolate drops, chocolate bars - mixed chocolate together to make swirls.
    Designed chocolate wrappers, created boxes to put our chocolates in.
    Tested chocolate - Milk, plain, white and created a survey.
    Created chocolate art - melted chocolate spreaded on greaseproof paper with lolly sticks (once completed you can eat your own art!)
    Read about the characters in C&TCF - in English wrote descriptions about them.
    Looked at Mr ***** Wonka - wrote about his lost long twin - what was his name, what did he look like?
    Off the top of my head, that's all I can remember, this is with Year 7 SEN pupils but the level they're working at around age 6-8.
    Hope that helps
     
  9. moggycat

    moggycat New commenter

    If you live near Birmingham, a trip to Cadbury World![​IMG]
     
  10. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    Oh, I took children there on a school trip - couldn't face chocolate for weeks after! Fortunately the unwanted effect passed [​IMG]

     
  11. There's loads of science to teach through chocolate- changing state etc. Education Bradford produced a contextualised unit based on Charlie and the chocolate factory. He writes the class letters asking them to sort out a mix up between the chocolates and the wine gums if I remember correctly. Then you could do your literacy through Roald Dahl and do measures- weight and capacity of melted chocolate in maths. Lucky you, wish I got to teach chocolate. Cadbury's is my specialist subject!
     

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