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.
Great Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Teaching Ideas
Before you begin you may want to check out the free novel study samples.
Step 1 ~~ Get the Room Ready
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.
Click here to visit their site.
Step 2 ~~ Make an Anchor Chart . . . or Two
The first anchor chart below 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.
Step 3 ~~ Look for a Great Book Unit
Here are some free samples from my Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Unit.
The unit contains both a short vocabulary list (11 words) and a longer list (1 word per chapter for a total of 30 words). This is a Smart Notebook Activity.
Here is a free Smart Notebook teaching resource for the shortlist.
I recommend using the shorter list if you plan to move through the novel fairly quickly. This year we are using this book with our RTI students. With 45 minute classes, the pace is much slower, so I created a second long list of words that could be used. Both the short and long vocabulary lists have definitions and sentences from the novel containing the words. Multiple-choice vocabulary quizzes are also provided.
The unit contains 10 comprehension quizzes. Each quiz contains multiple-choice questions at both the knowledge level and higher-level thinking skills such as cause/effect, inference, main idea, sequencing, etc. Each quiz also contains a constructed response question with a graphic organizer for planning responses.
The unit comes with the username and password to take the quizzes online in an interactive format. I like to place the online quizzes on the SmartBoard with students writing the A, B, C, or D answer choices down and turning them in. This saves tons of paper, and the students enjoy the format of seeing the questions on the SmartBoard. If your class has iPads or laptops, they can take the quizzes on these devices. Once students finish taking the quiz, a quick trip around the room to write down final grades is all that is needed.
This unit covers all parts of speech with graphic organizers and practice exercises. Students can make a lap book or create an interactive notebook with the graphic organizers.
Each part of speech contains a one-page graphic organizer as seen in the photo below on the top section and an assortment of foldable graphic organizers covering rules and examples as seen on the bottom section in the photo below.
Skill Practice Samples
Here is a sample practice page. It goes over using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
You can download this sample graphic organizer pattern by clicking on the image.
Step 4 ~~ If you like these sample pages, take a look at the full unit on Teachers Pay Teachers.