Do you want to add a little fun to your next novel study? Try reading The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. Your students are sure to love this book about a boy who takes eating chocolate to the extreme.
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 only 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.
Activities for The Chocolate Touch
Free The Chocolate Touch Unit Samples
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Teaching Idea #1 – The Story of Chocolate Video
Teaching Idea #2 – 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.
Teaching Idea #3 – Chocolate Timeline
In the “History of Chocolate,” you will find a timeline. A group of my students created this timeline as part of a project a number of years ago. Unfortunately, it is six pages long. YIKES! Students would be bored out of their minds trying to read through the timeline. Because of this, I created a scavenger hunt to make finding details fun. Students skim through the facts to find specific dates or information from these web pages. They add the information to the printable creating their own mini-timelines. Download the free printable here to get started. Students can use the timeline to write a paragraph similar to this one.
Chocolate was invented by the Ancient Mayans over a millennium ago. Explorers like Christopher Columbus and Cortéz carried the cacao bean to Western Europe in the 1500s. After this, people in Europe began drinking chocolate. It wasn’t until 1674 that the first solid chocolate was sold. A whole century would pass before the first chocolate company opened in the United States. By the 1800s, chocolate began to look like the creations of today with the invention of milk chocolate, heart-shaped boxes for Valentine’s Day, and candy bars. During the 1900s, many of today’s favorite candy bars were invented.
Teaching Idea #4 – Activities 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.