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Hot Chocolate - A Mini Unit

Smell the aroma of hot chocolate? This is a great mini unit for a cold winter's day.

Suggested Reading:

Chocolate Fever
by Robert Kimmel Smith

Harold and Cheter in Hot Fudge
by James Howe

Shoogies Marshmallow Rain
by Pam Davidson

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

The Chocolate Touch
by Patrick Skene Catling, Margot Apple

Chocolate Thematic Unit (Challenging Level)
by Shelly Johnson (ISBN: 1557344612)

Chocolate Thematic Unit (Intermediate Level)
by Janna Reed, Kathee Gosnell (ISBN: 1557342393)

Chocolate Thematic Unit (Primary Level)
by Cynthia Holzschuher (ISBN: 1576901181)

Take a virtual tour of Hershey's Chocolate Factory
Web Link: The History of Hot Chocolate
Web Link: The Story of Chocolate
Web Link: how to make Edible Chocolate Modeling Clay

Hot Chocolate Song
(to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?")

Nice hot chocolate,
Nice hot chocolate,
Yum, yum, yum,
Yum, yum, yum!

Marshmallows are floating.
Whipped cream is melting.
Yum, yum, yum,
In my tum!

Chocolate Scented Playdough

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup salt
1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup boiling water

Mix the dry ingredients. Add the oil and boiling water. Stir quickly, mixing well. When cool, mix with your hands. Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Science:
Follow the activities in this fun lesson idea to find out the difference in Ph of difference chocolate mixes.

Hot Chocolate in a Jar

Baby Food Jar
Hot Cocoa Mix
Miniature marshmallows
Hershey Kiss Candy
Small Candy Cane
4-inch or Larger Fabric Scrap

Clean the baby food jar and make sure it is completely dry. Put a one cup serving of the hot cocoa mix into the jar. Fill to the top with the miniature marshmallows. Put the cover on the jar tightly. Cut the fabric into a 4-inch circle. Cut a piece of ribbon about 12 inches long. Set the fabric circle centered on top of the jar lid. Tie the ribbon around the fabric along the edge of the lid. Tie a bow in the ribbon. Glue the hearshey kiss to the top, center of the lid. Glue the small candy cane onto the side of the jar. Include these directions with your gift: To warm yourself on a cold afternoon, pour this jar of cocoa and marshmallows into a cup of hot water. Unwrap the kiss and drop it into the cup. Stir with your candy cane and enjoy!

On Line Lesson Plans:

Chocolate Fever - A Mini Unit
Chocolate Theme from ChildFun.com
Chocolate Geography
a PDF (adobe acrobat) file on Chocolate lesson ideas


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