Throughout the weeks, we do many different activities.
We make puppets from the main characters such as Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Mr. Wonka, and the other ticket holders. They then choose a form of poetry to write about the characters. Here are some of the puppets on our bulletin board.
We create our own candy bar wrappers after discussing slogans and how advertisers use them to sell their products. This year the kids made Smart Bars, The Air Bar, Dynamite Bar, Grand Slam Bar and many more. Here are their candy bars in all their glory!
We also create edible murals of the chocolate room. We paint with chocolate pudding, add green cocount for grass, and then all kinds of candy for flowers, trees, and other decorations. The kids have a blast creating the murals! I goofed and forgot to take a picture of these.
Another project involves groups of students creating a "candy making machine". They use old boxes and their imagination to create a machine that makes their candy bars. They paint them and then use markers or construction paper to complete the look. Once the machines are finished they write a persuasive letter to Mr. Wonka trying to get him to buy their machine and sell their candy bars. I always get pretty good writing pieces with this assignment! Here is one of the machines that two of my boys made. They went all out as you can see.
At the end of the unit, we invite parents into our own chocolate factory. The students create golden tickets (oops didn't get those pictures either) to give their parents to bring to the factory. At the party, the students guide the parents around the room sharing with them everything we did throughout the study.
Every year I have a full house and this year was no exception.
During the factory day the students share their book report projects. This is their final project in which they can choose any method for sharing their favorite part of the book. This year we had dioramas, posters, and a powerpoint.
We had a chocolate fountain with lots of dipping foods like marshmallows, strawberries, pretzel sticks, and pound cake. There were brownies too, which many students discovered tasted even better when dipped in melted chocolate. Yes, I had the perfect class for me, can you tell?
At the end of our celebration, every parent gets to take a chocolate recipe book with a recipe from every student inside and a chocolate bar. The kids love to give the cookbooks to their parents, but they all beg to keep the chocolate bar for themselves.