Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

3rd - 5th

Students read "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." After observing the illustrations and previewing chapter titles, students predict what will happen in the story. They research and contact chocolate companies to gather information on their products. Students compare and contrast the main characters in the story. Additional cross-curriculum activities are listed.

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Instructional Design
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Roald Dahl

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