Do your students love chocolate? If so, they are going to enjoy reading Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith, and you are going to love teaching skills with this fun theme.
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.
Activities for Chocolate Fever
Free Chocolate Fever Unit Samples
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Teaching Idea #1 – Cocoa Bulletin Board
Teaching Idea #2 – Games
In the “Games and Activities” section at Book Units Teacher, students can play Concentration or Hangman with candy bars photos, and words. I recommend increasing the size of your monitor screen for easier viewing.
A Hershey Kisses online cloze reading activity creates fun results. Students type descriptive words and phrases in the blanks. They then click a button to see their completed stories. Print these for a fun classroom display.
Another link takes students to an article with interesting facts. Students can figure out which chocolate candy bars are the most popular by sales. They can even learn how many licks it takes to get to the center of the Tootsie Pop.
Teaching Idea #3 – Using Vivid Imagery
This free printable is provided for teachers. Students compare two types of chocolate. I love using the Hershey Miniatures. Students eat chocolate while completing the chart. I encourage students to use descriptive phrases. Vivid imagery such as rich creamy texture, mildly sweet, silky smoothness, or crackly crunch works best. Students turn the completed charts into comparison paragraphs.
Do you want to keep students excited about learning? Try using the theme of chocolate. Students will love reading books about chocolate. Playing games with a chocolate theme is fun. Eating chocolate is also a must. Check out the newly updated “Chocolate in the Classroom” section of the Book Units Teacher website for ideas.