Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Teaching Ideas

Activities to do with the Novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Your novel study will go from ordinary to extraordinary with these Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Teaching Ideas…

Charlie Bucket comes from a poor family where having seconds of a watered-down soup on Sundays is a real treat. After finding a dollar lying in the street, Charlie buys a Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and finds the golden ticket that allows him to tour Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Charlie brings along Grandpa Joe for the adventure. The two are amazed at all the marvels in a chocolate factory.

Read Roald Dahl’s delightful book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to learn of Charlie’s adventures on this tour.

Activities for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Free Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Unit Samples

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Novel Study Samples

Grab your novel study samples including vocabulary, comprehension questions, and constructed response writing prompt here.

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Teaching Idea #1 –  Bulletin Board Materials

Mr. Willy Wonka

I found this wonderful site in the U.K. where you can download free banners and character posters. These make a great bulletin board. Be sure to check out the related links section at the bottom of the pages. You will find the banner and character posters with a white background. [This would be a great ink saver!] The site also has word mats and labels for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as information on Roald Dahl. 

Teaching Idea #2 – Anchor Charts

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Anchor Chart
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Anchor Chart

The first anchor chart shows the four rooms in the chocolate factory where the characters get into trouble. I plan to have my students complete the “Who?” and “What?” sections as we read the novel.

The second anchor chart has the main characters from the story. Students write character traits on sticky notes and add them to the chart as they read the story. Using sticky notes is a great way to use the chart year after year. Students can also change the details as they read. First, they just remove a sticky note. Write a more detailed trait. Then place the updated sticky note on the anchor chart. 

Teaching Idea #3 – Anchor Charts

Smart Notebook Vocabulary Practice
Smart Notebook Vocabulary Answers

Grab this free Smart Notebook Activity. This activity features word webs for 11 words from the book. I recommend using the shorter list of words if you plan to move through the novel fairly quickly. 

Teaching Idea #4 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Movies

Even if you don’t have time to show the full movies, students can make some comparisons between the two movies and the book by watching the official movie trailers. The first film below is from the 2005 version starring Johnny Depp.

The next film trailer is from the 1971 version of the film starring Gene Wilder. This film is the version with the songs we have grown to love.

Digital Novel Study
Anchor Charts

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Novel Study

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Novel Study includes vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.  

Gay Miller

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