If you like to ability group students into different reading groups, Chocolate: The Chocolate Touch and Chocolate Fever Book Units Bundle will save you worlds of time. Both books share many of the same themes. These humorous stories teach students what can happen when too much chocolate is eaten. The interest level for both books is third to fifth grades. Chocolate Fever is the easier of the two. It has a Lexile Measure of 680. The Chocolate Touch is a bit more challenging with a Lexile Measure of 770.
Chocolate Fever Summary
Henry ate a lot of chocolate. One day, while sitting in class, Henry starts to break out in what looks like freckles. Henry’s teacher, Mrs. Kimmelfarber, takes him to the school nurse. While in her office, the freckles begin popping and growing larger. School Nurse Molly Farthing takes Henry to the hospital. At the hospital, Dr. Fargo is excited about Henry’s rash, thinking he has made a new discovery. Because of this, Henry runs away.
Henry is taunted by a group of boys in the schoolyard because of his big, brown, ugly spots. Mac, a truck driver, picks up Henry from the side of the highway. Mac shares his dinner and has a heart-to-heart talk with Henry. They decide to call Henry’s mother.
Then, Mac and Henry are hijacked by Louie and Lefty who think Mac is hauling expensive furs in his truck. Mac and Henry are able to stop Louie and Lefty when a bunch of dogs invades the hideout cabin because they smell chocolate. Eventually, Mac and Henry take the candy they are carrying to Sugar Cane. He gives Henry a cure for his chocolate fever – vanilla pills.
The Chocolate Touch Summary
John Midas is a boy who loves chocolate more than anything else. His appetite for sweets causes him to convince all his friends to give him their sweets. John finds a special coin that he spends at a candy store on a box of chocolates.
After eating the one chocolate in the box, everything that touches John’s mouth turns to chocolate. Spider teases John about eating his glove. John ruins his friend’s silver dollar when he bites it. John’s pencil turns to chocolate during his math test. John is getting very thirsty by lunch when everything turns to chocolate. Next, John’s trumpet turns to chocolate.
John ruins Susan’s birthday party when the water in the bobbing for apples barrel turns to chocolate. Next, John turns his mother to chocolate. He then goes back to the chocolate store where he purchased the magic chocolate. There, John proves to the storekeeper that he is not selfish by saying he will keep the chocolate touch if his mother can be returned to normal. Because of his vow, everything John turned to chocolate returns back to its original form.
Chocolate: The Chocolate Touch and Chocolate Fever Book Units Bundle
The units contain vocabulary booklets, comprehension printables, and constructed writing exercises. One unique aspect of the unit is skill practice. The skills examples are all related to chocolate facts, not specific books. Here are a few examples:
- Prefix and Suffix Practice (Chocolate Trivia)
- Figurative Language in Candy Slogans and Chocolate Bar Names
- Context Clues Task Cards (Candy Sells)
- Correcting Run-On Sentences by using Compound Sentences Task Cards (Making Chocolate)
Click on the links to download samples.
Activities to use when Teaching
Chocolate: The Chocolate Touch and Chocolate Fever
Activity #1 [The Story of Chocolate Video]
This video pairs well with “Correcting Run-On Sentences.”
Activity #2 [Cocoa Bulletin Board]
This idea came for 100+ Winter Bulletin Board Ideas.
Activity #3 [Make S’Mores]
Making s’mores in the classroom is really easy. Have students work in small supervised groups. Students place marshmallows on shish kabob sticks. They then toast the marshmallows over a candle flame. Once toasted, students assemble the s’more by placing the melted marshmallows on graham crackers. Add chocolate. Then sandwich the treat together using a second graham cracker.
I used this activity with a small group of students who earned a reward by reading a specific number of books.
Activity #4 [Ideas on the Web]
Snowy Chocolate Pine Cones – This easy-to-make delicious treat is made from cereal, pretzels, peanut butter, Nutella, butter, and powdered sugar. Ingredients just need to be mixed and formed making it an easy classroom favorite.
Chocolate Unit Study – This 32-page pdf is loaded with teaching ideas, recipes, and printable activities.
Check out the full Chocolate Unit on Teachers pay Teachers.