As a culminating activity to reading Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we brought the book to life through Chocolate Day!
As with most special days in 2nd Grade Land, we had to take a selfie because #picsoritdidnthappen
My favorite Teach Like a Pirate hook is the costume hook, so of course we had to dress up for the occasion as our best attempts at Mr. Willy Wonka himself.
Our kids started off the day getting their very own golden tickets!
Our morning work always consists of a “Doodle” to start the day showing the value we place on creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. We reread the part in the book where the reader first meets Willy Wonka, and students came up with their best visual interpretation.
I’m attempting some Hope King inspired classroom transformations (as seen in the background of this picture. I’ve been wanting to create scenes by covering the walls to match the occasion. I invested in curtains for the convenience of it, but I found that cheap Dollar Store tablecloths worked even better! My intent was to have purple, green, and orange throughout the wall to mimic the colors associated with Willy Wonka. It’s a work in progress.
Just like in the book, students had to sign a mysterious contract agreeing to all of the shenanigans of the day!
Students then had to draw what they thought an Everlasting Gobstopper would look like. They wrote a procedural text about how to draw one, and then they switched papers and had to follow the steps somebody else wrote. It gave students some good insight into the detail they needed to have in order to write a good procedural text (our next writing genre).
Next up was a chocolate taste test! Students tried out white chocolate, semisweet, dark, bittersweet, unsweetened, and milk chocolate. They described the way each of the types of chocolate looked, smelled, and tasted.
While white chocolate was delicious, some students had mixed reactions to types like bittersweet and dark chocolate.
But they could all agree that unsweetened was disgusting!
Next up we painted with chocolate! Each student got their own cup of chocolate syrup to use to create their own masterpieces!
This pro-tip of individual cups came from my teaching partner who, over the years of her doing Chocolate Day, discovered that you might has well let them lick their fingers as they paint because that’s the most fun way to do it.
The chocolate fountain was next! This inspiration is from the Chocolate Room in the book with the chocolate river and waterfall (where Augustus Gloop’s gluttony gets him in trouble).
In the afternoon, we watched the Gene Wilder version of the movie and had our own Fizzy Lifting Drinks (AKA root beer floats).
And the day wouldn’t be complete without an Oompa Loompa photo booth.
Here’s me doing my best attempt at mimicking the Gene Wilder meme for future use.
Chocolate Day isn’t just a fun day just for the sake of doing something fun. It brought the book to life. For the day, students were a part of the story. They referenced things that happened and created their own funny songs and silly games inspired by the book, without any prompting. They compared and contrasted while watching the movie. They laughed, felt grossed out, experienced things they never had before, expressed themselves creatively, and made memories. This is what being a kid is all about.