Children in the UK might know lots about chocolate; they know what chocolate is and may enjoy eating it – but many do not realise it is from a plant which grows on trees. The following links will help toward planning a whole cross curricular topic about chocolate.
They also have the History of Chocolate in another webquest for years 5 and 6
There is a chocolate song which you may enjoy and here is a version of it on YouTube:
This Primary School’s “The Story of Chocolate” is easy reading for primary aged pupils!
This You Tube melting chocolate video presents a science experiment, comparing the heat conducting properties of aluminium and copper:
Owlcation Science Fair Project – Which chocolate melts faster? This has lots of ideas for chocolate experiments and also has several videos to help demonstrate what was achieved.
Science Kids – This site also has a different melting chocolate experiment.
Wilderness Classroom – This site provides information about the cacao tree: “Have you ever wondered where chocolate from? Did you know that the chocolate in the candy bars that you buy at the grocery store actually come from a tree in the middle of the rainforest?”
You Tube video about the Cacao tree:
The Victorians and Chocolate – The Victorians introduced the first Easter Egg in about 1873 but did not include chocolate in their Christmas festivities unlike now where it plays a huge role in Christmas festivities including being on the tress, in Christmas Stockings, wrapped in presents under the tree and being bought to eat over he holiday.