Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Reading and STEM Activities

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

A classic book + integrated science, technology, engineering and math activities + families = awesome!

Our Classics and STEM series is jampacked with ideas that can be used in many different ways to promote classic children’s books, STEM activities, and family outreach. Whether you use it all for a comprehensive program, or pick packet pieces that function well for your situation, we have done all the work for you in order to help you integrate STEM and literature.

Each book chosen for Classics & STEM includes:

· An introduction to the author

· A short synopsis of the time period in which the book was written

· A list of the main characters

· Make a bookmark activity

· A letter to send home to the parents explaining the Classics and STEM program

· A template for laying out the date each chapter needs to be read by.


Additionally, this packet for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory contains:

· Reading comprehension questions

· Research: History of elevators

· Science: Observation and analysis of carbon dioxide

· Engineering: Exploring pulley systems and engineering an elevator prototype

· Technology: Designing a wrapper for a new candy bar using online drawing programs

· Math: Fractions and candy

Finally, a detailed party celebration of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory section is also included:

· Menus and recipes

· Five book related hands-on activity centers

· Quiz game with 30 questions about the book

*We have included ideas for conducting this program virtually as well.

Classics & STEM, a read aloud program with families.

This program was designed to not only integrate all of the facets of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math, but act as an outreach program to your students’ families as they participate in reading the book and in a Family Celebration. While many families have a tradition of reading to their young children, we’ve found that this tends to fall away as the children grow older and can read on their own.

Classics & STEM brings back the joy of shared reading and the closeness it provides.

Each of the books chosen for this program has shown that they have endured the test of time and are continually ones that students reach for and read over and over. Although the books are sometimes above the students’ reading level this is overcome by having an adult read the book to them.

Although we are providing all the materials for a parent read aloud format, we recognize that teachers frequently have to adjust and improvise a program for a variety of reasons. Our materials for this book can used in a variety of ways and we encourage teachers to select what works for them to celebrate and enjoy this classic book.

The Classics and STEM Series can be used with a :

· Virtual format

· Buddy Reading Program

· Books on Tape

· Teacher Read Aloud Time

· Lunch with a Book

· Bagels for Breakfast and Books

· Senior Citizen Partners and Books

Other Classics and STEM now available:

A Christmas Carol

Charlotte's Web

Alice Wonderland

Treasure Island

New books for the Classics & STEM series will continue to be added each month. Follow our store and subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of additions to the program.(newsletter link at and on our Instagram page)

If you have ideas for great classics to be added, please drop us a note at getcaughtengineering We would love to hear from you!

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Total Pages
65 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.


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