Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Chocolate, and supports the standard of discussing changes in the food products and processing industry. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Ask students:

  • Where do you think chocolate might come from? 
  • Why do you think chocolate is a popular treat? 


  • Read the description on the Chocolate topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Language,” “Q&A,” or “Way Back When.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express understanding of chocolate while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Imagine you’re a cocoa bean. Create a video diary of your journey from cacao pod seed to chocolate bar. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Identify the steps in the procedure of making chocolate bars.(Essential  Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a learning game challenging players to sort chocolate-related vocabulary terms into self-selected categories. (Essential Literacy Skill: Acquire and use domain specific words and phrases)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS  

Apply: Students take the Chocolate Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Chocolate Quiz


Time Zone X: Chocolate: Challenges players to put historical events in chronological order in this interactive timeline game.  

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments