In this 5 lesson unit the teacher will be reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory aloud to the class and the unit lessons will be connected to the book’s theme of candy, chocolate, and sweets. The math lesson taught is on organizing, representing, and interpreting data through graphing MnMs. The science lesson lets the students learn more about animal’s basic needs by experimenting with habitat, adaptation, predator, and prey in a hands-on game using “skittle prey”. Producers and consumers are explored in a social studies and art lesson where the kids become the producers and create their own candy bar wrapper! In an ELA and health lesson students will learn about nutrition guidelines and why people cannot live off of sweets alone, like in Willie Wonka’s factory. They will then use a health related story to find its beginning, middle, and end. In another ELA lesson the students will listen to the teacher read ‘the Chocolate Room’ chapter and make visualizations in their heads. Then, they will create a collage of their visualization.
All of the lessons include Common Core or Georgia Performance Standards.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been chosen by the Common Core Curriculum as a first grade text. The students get excited about reading a book that is relatable because Charlie is a young boy and the factory is filled with their favorite thing, sweets! The classic book is fun for this young age and helps to grow their imagination through visiting Willie Wonka’s zany factory.