Chocolate: Sweet Science & Dark Secrets of the World’s Favorite Treat

chocolate-recommended-reading-cover-grades-6-8Grades 6-8
ISBN-13: 9780544175662
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

For thousands of years, chocolate has been used as a comfort, a treat, a cure, a currency, and even a sacred symbol. Explore the social, economic, and environmental angles of chocolate production with this new, engaging, and multi-faceted read for young adults (ages 12+) written by Kay Frydenborg.

No matter the discipline area – teachers can find a connection to chocolate. This easy-to-navigate, non-fiction chapter book can help teachers and students connect chocolate to subjects such as history, science, culture, and even religion. Peppered with photographs, recipes, and informational sidebars, learners of multiple modalities are invited to engage with something familiar in new, exciting, and delicious ways.

What is the difference between cacao and cocoa? Where do cocoa woods grow? What color are the cacao tree’s flowers? Where did cacao originate? Why do we crave chocolate? Enjoy exploring these questions and more with this age-appropriate reference book. Be sure to check out the Chocolate Timeline, which begins with 8000 B.C. and is located in the back of the book, as well as the helpful website listing to continue the chocolate conversation.

Couple this story with further outdoor exploration using the following PLT activities:

PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide:
# 13 – We All Need Trees
# 15 – A Few of My Favorite Things
# 32 – A Forest of Many Uses
# 49 – Tropical Treehouse
# 82 – Resource-Go-Round
# 92 – A Look at Lifestyles

Global Connections: Forests of the World:
# 5 – Understanding the Effects of Forest Uses
# 8 – Making Consumer Choices
# 9 – Researching Forests Around the World

Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Risk Biotechnology Supplement
# 1 – Biotechnology and You
# 4 – Forest Biotechnology

Jackie Stallard

Jackie Stallard

Jackie is Senior Manager, Curriculum & Outreach for Project Learning Tree. Jackie leads the strategic direction and creation of the next generation of PLT’s PreK-12 environmental education materials, as well as other instructional materials and resources.

Jackie Stallard

Jackie Stallard

Jackie is Senior Manager, Curriculum & Outreach for Project Learning Tree. Jackie leads the strategic direction and creation of the next generation of PLT’s PreK-12 environmental education materials, as well as other instructional materials and resources.
Jackie Stallard

Jackie Stallard

Jackie is Senior Manager, Curriculum & Outreach for Project Learning Tree. Jackie leads the strategic direction and creation of the next generation of PLT’s PreK-12 environmental education materials, as well as other instructional materials and resources.

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