Chocolate Anyone? – #readilearn

Next Thursday 7 July is World Chocolate Day. If you ever needed an excuse to indulge in a little chocolate, this could be it. If you follow the link, you will find out some fun facts about the history of chocolate that begins more than 2 000 years ago.

If only we were allowed a little chocolate in the classroom, there are so many wonderful learning opportunities it could provide, for example:

Counting โ€” how many chocolates all together?

Subtraction โ€” how many left if I eat x?

Sharing (children can make equal shares, teachers can have the remainders ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Multiplication โ€” blocks of chocolate are great for arrays (columns and rows of)

Data โ€” surveys who likes/does not like chocolate, what is the classโ€™s favourite chocolate?

Measurement โ€” how many chocolate bars tall are you? how many blocks balance one chocolate bar?

Chemical science โ€” mixing, adding and removing heat, how chocolate is made, following recipes to make chocolate cake and chocolate crackles (just for starters).

Biological science โ€” the cacao plant, where it grows, how it grows, and what it needs.

Of course, while all of these are possible, my suggestions are a bit tongue-in-cheek. However, we do have some absolutely acceptable ideas for incorporating chocolate into your program on World Chocolate Day.

Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ve all heard of Michael Rosen. Going on a Bear Hunt is probably one of his better known books, but he is a fabulous poet and storyteller, and his website is rich with material for teachers and children. If youโ€™ve never checked it out, I suggest you do.

On of my favourite stories, that children really love too, is Chocolate Cake. I wrote about it in the post Storytelling with author Michael Rosen.

Itโ€™s really fun, so Iโ€™ll share it again here.

Source: Chocolate Anyone? – readilearn

28 thoughts on “Chocolate Anyone? – #readilearn

  1. petespringerauthor

    I used to introduce fractions with chocolate bars. Until kids understand how fractions work, they will often choose 1/16 of a candy bar over 1/4, thinking it will be more.

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  3. Dimity Powell

    You had me at chocolate. I love this day and every other day there is a reason to have more chocolate – not that a reason is strictly needed, right!

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