Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Written By:  Roald Dahl


Julie Hays: Fourth Grade Teacher
Quail Glen Elementary School:  Roseville, CA

This lesson will allow students to adventure into Mr. Wonka's Chocolate Factory by reading the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl .  Students will be assigned daily reading with fun and exciting activities to follow.  Periodically, students will take quizzes and then finish with a final unit test at the end of the book. 

Subject:  Reading 
Topic: Vocabulary & Comprehension 
Grade Level:  4 
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Standards Addressed
 California State Board of Education Standards

Fourth Grade
Dry Creek District Standards: 

1.)  Word Analysis, Fluency and 
     Systematic Vocabulary Development 

4.4.4.  Distinguish and interpret multiple meaning words

2.)  Reading Comprehension

4.2.1.  Know and use different reading strategies (e.g., skimming and 
          scanning; finding information to support particular ideas) and the 
          various purposes of language (e.g., to inform, to persuade, to 
          entertain) to comprehend informational text

4.2.2.  Use prior knowledge and ideas presented in texts (illustrations, 
           titles, topic sentences, key words and foreshadowing clues) to 
           make, confirm, or revise predictions

3.)  Literary Response and Analysis

4.2.1.  Identify the main events of the plot, their causes and how they 
          influence future action

4.2.2.  Use knowledge of the situation, setting and character's traits 
           and motivations to determine the causes for character's actions

4.2.5.  Explain how characters or simple events in a work are like people 
           or events in one's own life

Instructional Objectives

1.  Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of fantasy.

2.  Students will be exposed to daily questions on the Literal, Interpretive, Critical and Creative level.

3.  Students will follow the close developing relationship that Charlie has with his family.  Hopefully, students will come to appreciate older people and their contributions to helping youth.

4.  Students will come to appreciate the often clever and witty lines that Willy Wonka speaks.  Most of them have an underlying meaning.

Introductory Activity

1.  Lead the class in a discussion about what it feels like to want something very much; like a dog, a new bike, a summer vacation, etc.  Move the discussion into what it feels like when you get your wish.  Explain that these are the feelings that we will experience along with Charlie in our book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

2.  Each student will draw a name of a major character:  Charlie, Mr. Wonka, Grandpa Joe and one secondary character:  Augustus, Veruca, Violet, Mike.  Their task is to keep a notebook tracing the developments of their characters.

Enabling Activities

1.  Draw a picture of a candy bar you would like to be made and marketed.
2.  Complete the Extended Family worksheet.
3.  Write in your character notebook.
4.  Write a letter to Mr. Wonka persuading him to market your candy bar.
5.  Answer any questions assigned.
6.  Take chapter quizzes.

Culminating Activities

1.  Take the final Unit Test on chapters 1-30.

2.  Use the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Show it to the class.  Discuss the similarities and differences between the book and
movie and then write a three paragraph essay on this topic. 

3.  Have each student take the notes they have been keeping on their two characters (introductory activity #2).  From the notes write an in class summary of their character's development. 

4.  As a class project, write to a candy company.  Ask them for any free information they have about the making of candy and history of their business. 


Students will take four quizzes throughout the book and finish the book by taking a Comprehensive Unit Test on Chapters 1-30.


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Web Resources & Supplementary Materials

Introductory Activity

Enabling Activity
Extended Family
Take Quiz #1 (Chapters 1-6)
Take Quiz #2 (Chapters 7-11)
Wonka Persuasive Letter Outline,
Dear Mr. Willy Wonka
Take Quiz #3 (Chapters 11-17)
Take Quiz #4 (Chapters 18-23)

Culminating Activity
Take Unit Test (Chapters 1-30)

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School Name:  Quail Glen Elementary School
School Location:  Roseville, CA
Your Name and e-mail address:  Julie Hays rjhays
Last Revised: 05/12/01