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Chocolate Covered Learning

By Sonja Rogers, Susan Hall
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"How has chocolate evolved from the Mayans and Aztecs to a present day treat?"

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Understandings and Standards

Core Understandings
  • Mayan and Aztec influence on the development of chocolate and importation of chocolate to Europe.
  • Business strategies in producing chocolate including advertisement, production and selling of product.
  • Growth development of Cacao plant and producing chocolate from the Cacao plant.
Learning Objectives
  • Students will create a Timeline using Timeliner program to cite history of chocolate.
  • Students will create a poster using computer images to produce a Cacao plant growth illustration.
  • Students will produce chocolate product to sell. Students will create packaging, advertisements and business plans.
  • Students will learn how chocolate is used in literature.
  • Students will learn about successful chocolate makers through research and videos.
Wisconsin Model Academic Standards
English Language Arts
Grade 8
Standard A (Reading/Literature)
ELA.A.8.1. Use effective reading strategies to achieve their purposes in reading.
ELA.A.8.1.3. Establish purposeful reading and writing habits by using texts to find information, gain understanding of diverse viewpoints, make decisions, and enjoy the experience of reading.
ELA.A.8.2. Read, interpret, and critically analyze literature.
ELA.A.8.2.1. Identify the defining features and structure of literary texts, such as conflict, representation of character, and point of view.
ELA.A.8.2.2. Analyze the effect of characters, plot, setting, language, topic, style, purpose, and point of view on the overall impact of literature.
ELA.A.8.3. Read and discuss literary and nonliterary texts in order to understand human experience.
ELA.A.8.3.4. Evaluate the themes and main ideas of a work considering its audience and purpose.
Standard B (Writing)
ELA.B.8.1. Create or produce writing to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
ELA.B.8.1.4. Write clear and pertinent responses to verbal or visual material that communicate, explain, and interpret the reading or viewing experience to a specific audience.
Social Studies
Grade 8
Standard A (Geography)
SS.A.8.7. Describe the movement of people, ideas, diseases, and products throughout the world.
SS.A.8.8. Describe and analyze the ways in which people in different regions of the world interact with their physical environments through vocational and recreational activities.
SS.A.8.10. Identify major discoveries in science and technology and describe their social and economic effects on the physical and human environment.
Standard B (History)
SS.B.8.7. Identify significant events and people in the major eras of United States and world history.
SS.B.8.8. Identify major scientific discoveries and technological innovations and describe their social and economic effects on society.
Grade 8
Standard A. Science Connection
SCI-A.8.4. Collect evidence to show that models developed as explanations for events were (and are) based on the evidence available to scientists at the time.
SCI-A.8.6. Use models and explanations to predict actions and events in the natural world.
Standard B. Nature of Science
SCI-B.8.3. Explain how the general rules of science apply to the development and use of evidence in science investigations, model-making, and applications.
Standard C. Science Inquiry
SCI-C.8.1. Identify questions they can investigate using resources and equipment they have available.
SCI-C.8.2. Identify data and locate sources of information including their own records to answer the questions being investigated.
SCI-C.8.6. State what they have learned from investigations, relating their inferences to scientific knowledge and to data they have collected.
SCI-C.8.8. Use computer software and other technologies to organize, process, and present their data.
SCI-C.8.10. Discuss the importance of their results and implications of their work with peers, teachers, and other adults.
SCI-C.8.11. Raise further questions which still need to be answered.
Standard F. Life and Environmental Science
SCI-F.8.1. Understand the structure and function of cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, and whole organisms.
SCI-F.8.8. Show through investigations how organisms both depend on and contribute to the balance or imbalance of populations and/or ecosystems, which in turn contribute to the total system of life on the planet.
SCI-F.8.9. Explain how some of the changes on the earth are contributing to changes in the balance of life and affecting the survival or population growth of certain species.
Business Education
Grades 5-8
E. Entrepreneurship
E.5-8.1. Describe the role of entrepreneurs in a market system and explain the benefits and risks of becoming an entrepreneur.
E.5-8.2. Recognize opportunities that would lead to a successful business.
E.5-8.3. Give examples of how businesses meet societal needs.
E.5-8.6. Define differences between debt and equity and identify factors that can lead to higher and lower prices.
E.5-8.9. Describe major business activities that occur in any business.
E.5-8.11. Explain the basic operations of a small business.
J. Interpersonal and Leadership Skills
J.5-8.2. Demonstrate the ability to work with others.
J.5-8.8. Expand vocabulary to include simple business terms.
J.5-8.10. Describe characteristics of a team working together successfully.