Teacher Lesson Plan - Chocolate Emergency!
Grade Level:        2-4
Time Frame:      10–12 (40-minute) classes
Subject Areas:    Technology, Language-Arts, Math, Science & Consumer Sciences

Objectives:

  1. Students will investigate the chocolate making process from bean to bar by exploring a website and completing a sequencing activity with 90% accuracy.
  1. Prior to beginning the project, students will investigate a variety of resources (electronic & hard-copy media) to research chocolate brands and prices in order to increase personal content knowledge.
  1. Students will reinforce math and verbal skills by completing a survey, sharing results with their group, and analyzing cumulative results in a graph form.
  1. Based on survey results and rubric, student groups will design, package, and market a new chocolate product to save a fictional chocolate company.
  2. Students will practice communication, technological, and higher-order thinking skills to successfully complete the web quest. 

Technology Standards:
The following standards are addressed in this webquest.  According to
ISTE/NETS, prior to the completion of grade five, students will:

Use keyboards and other common input and output devices (including adaptive devices when necessary) efficiently and effectively.

Discuss basic issues related to responsible use of technology and information and describe personal consequences of inappropriate use.

Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, presentation, Web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom. 

Use telecommunications efficiently to access remote information, communicate with others in support of direct and independent learning, and pursue personal interests.

Use telecommunications and online resources (e.g., e-mail, online discussions, Web environments) to participate in collaborative problem-solving activities for the purpose of developing solutions or products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.

Use technology resources for problem solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities.

Teacher Preparation:
Prior to beginning the webquest, students should have a general knowledge of computer & word processing skills, the Internet and research skills.  Students should also be familiar with group work and cooperative learning.  In addition, organize samples of the following for classroom use.

  1. Baking & cooking books, any helpful media on chocolate & the chocolate making process.
  2. Create a short video of TV advertisements.  Have print advertisements available from a magazine.
  3. Create a chocolate product sample store. Print out this price list for students to use during the products & prices activity.   
  4. A variety of sample chocolate products and their prices. Examples include syrups or powders, brownie mixes, a chocolate bar, cake & icing mixes and/or several menus from bakeries, restaurants, or establishments that serve desserts.
      
  5. Computer Access and time for group and individual work.

Assessment & Evaluation:
This webquest requires each student to use various levels of thinking, exploring and researching skills.  In addition to the rubric, a combination of Formative & Summative Evaluations are suggested for this project. 

  1. Sequencing activity should be checked as a group and placed in the folder.  Later, as a review, discuss it as a class.
  2. Students will review and discuss the project rubric prior to beginning group work.
  3. Individual and group observations while using all resources (electronic and written) should be made periodically by the teacher.
  4. Students are also required to present their folder of collected research, rough drafts (sloppy copies), job checklists, and all survey results at the completion of the project.
  5. The teacher acts as a facilitator throughout the process.  Periodically meet with each group and guide them as needed.