Activities on Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

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Activities on Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is set in the fantastical factory owned by Willy Wonka. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Roald Dahl's 1964 children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is commonly taught by elementary school teachers. One of the most beloved children's books of the 20th century, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been adapted into two feature films and is also the focus of various educational activities that teachers can use to help guide students through the study of the book.

The Story

An impoverished young boy named Charlie Bucket finds one of five golden tickets that has been hidden in bars of chocolate Wonka Bars. Whoever finds one of these tickets is taken on a tour of the fantastical candy factory run by oddball confectioner Willy Wonka. Accompanied by his grandfather, Charlie and the other ticket-holders are taken inside the strange factory, where they encounter Wonka's workers, who are members of a diminutive race known as Oompa-Loompas. Eventually, Charlie discovers that Wonka plans to give his factory to one of the children, but each of them but Charlie is ultimately deemed unworthy.

Trivia Quiz

The website Roald Dahl Fans contains several activities related to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Among these is a trivia quiz that tests your knowledge of the book. This multiple-choice quiz has 10 questions, including, "Where does Mr. Bucket work?" and "Who once bit off her own tongue in her sleep, according to the Oompa-Loompas?" When you have completed the online quiz, you can check your answers to see how much you know about the book.

Cooking Activity

The language-arts website CanTeach offers a fun, easy recipe related to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." After reading the book, a parent or teacher can help children make chocolate balls while discussing the book. The ingredients are 3 cups of semi-sweet or white chocolate chips or white chocolate chips, 1 can (300ml) of sweetened condensed milk, some nuts (finely chopped) and some cocoa powder. Heat the chocolate chips until they're melted, then remove from the heat and stir in the condensed milk. Chill in the refrigerator for three hours. When the mixture is firm, shape it into one-inch balls and place them on trays lined with waxed paper. When firm, roll the chocolate balls in the nuts and cocoa.

Creative Writing Activity

After the children have read chapter 15, which describes the factory's Chocolate Room, ask them to think of any of the other rooms in the factory, which should be listed on the board so children can refer to them later. Assign the children to create a new room for the chocolate factory, one that does not exist in the book. Ask them to write a detailed description of what this room looks like, what's contained within it and all other pertinent information.

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