Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book that stands the test of time. Roald Dahl's story continues to capture the attention and imaginations of children today, as it did when it was first published in 1964.
This story features the adventures of a young and ordinary boy who wins the opportunity to tour a mysterious factory that is owned by an eccentric chocolate maker.
The hero of the story is Charlie Bucket, a poor child who lives with his parents and four grandparents in a little ramshackled house that is sparse, but filled with love. The family barely has enough money to buy food and they survive by eating bread, potatoes, and cabbage. Poor Charlie Bucket is practically starving to death, but his luck changes for the better when he wins a chance to visit Willy Wonka's fabulous, top-secret chocolate factory.
Instead of choosing adults or monsters as the antagonists, Roald Dahl has created four naughty, and memorable, children as the villains in this tale of good versus evil. In the end, the four bratty children are punished and receive exactly what they deserve.
Your students will enjoy rooting for Charlie Bucket during his many trials and tribulations. They will be captivated as they read about Charlie's amazing adventures in Willy Wonka's magical chocolate factory.
At the end of the story, your students will cheer when the hero emerges victorious and wins Willy Wonka's respect, as well as his scrumdiddlyumptious chocolate factory!
Children, teachers, and parents will certainly enjoy the moral of the story, that good behavior is always rewarded!
When I am completing a literature study of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with my students, I like to provide them with a variety of different reading and listening opportunities.
Roald Dahl's birthday is on September 13, so I enjoy beginning this novel study on the author's birthday.
All of the teaching resources on this page include a second version of each resource that contains British spelling rules (colour instead of color, favourite instead of favorite, etc).
Below you will find some of the fun and unique Charlie and the Chocolate Factory lesson plans that I have developed over the years to use with my own students.
One of my students' favorite projects to complete during the entire school year is my Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory group groject.
For this project, students work together to write descriptions and draw pictures about what happens to the four naughty children in the following factory rooms:
Next, the groups write descriptions and draw pictures for the following characters:
I believe that it is important for students to go through the steps of the writing process.
For this reason, my students never begin their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory group projects by writing on their final draft factory templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets.
Next, my students edit and revise their work together and I circulate around my classroom and provide assistance as needed.
This set of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory teaching resources contains four worksheets for students to write their first drafts on. On my first draft worksheets, I have designed the writing line spaces to match the spaces on the final draft factory templates.
Below are examples of the four first draft worksheets.
This set of Roald Dahl teaching resources includes step by step directions on how to assemble the 10 project templates together to form a large factory.
Depending on the age of your students, you could assemble these factory projects ahead of time for your students. Each factory takes me around 10 minutes to assemble myself.
Older students are able to assemble this large group project on their own. I have given my Grade 5 students the assembling directions worksheets (shown below), and they were able to assemble these large chocolate factory projects themselves.
Below is an example of the assembling directions worksheets.
Below: There are specific directions written on the actual
chocolate factory templates that show students where to cut and glue.
Students should proofread and edit their first drafts together before they begin working on their final draft chocolate factory projects.
This unique and fun group project for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory includes 10 printable worksheets with templates that assemble into a large factory.
When the project has been assembled, the finished chocolate factory measures 22 inches in width and 20 inches in height.
After students have described the main events that happened in the 4 factory rooms and have described Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, and the Oompa-Loompas, there is an area on each template for the group members to draw these events and characters.
Your students will love working on this large group project together and the finished chocolate factory group projects will make a dynamic and eye catching classroom or hallway display.
Below are examples of the 10 chocolate factory templates.
Due to the small size of the text, I removed the assembling directions that are written on
these templates for this photograph example. On the actual factory templates, there are
assembling directions written on the worksheets (see the photograph above for an example).
When your students have completed their group projects, they can evaluate their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory projects using the grading rubric.
After your students have graded their group projects, there is also an area on the grading rubric for the teacher to evaluate the projects.
Below is an example of the group project grading rubric that is included in this set of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory teaching resources.
When I am first introducing my students to a new project, I believe that it is important for them to have a visual example of what their final draft projects will look like. I always assemble the project myself beforehand and display it at the front of my classroom.
To save you time in coloring the chocolate factory project that you show to your students as an example, I have included color factory templates for you to use so that you do not have to spend time coloring these templates yourself.
I know that it takes teachers a lot of valuable time to assemble their bulletin board displays.
Many teachers spend hours of time cutting out large display letters or making a banner on their own at home on their computers.
This time is valuable and better spent on developing your classroom curriculum and grading papers, so I have designed two banners for your bulletin board display.
If you have access to a laminating machine, you can laminate these banners so that they are durable and you can use them year after year for bulletin board displays of your students' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory group projects.
Finally, I have created 8 Willy Wonka themed accent pieces to assist you in decorating your bulletin board display featuring your students' finished chocolate factory projects.
Above: Classroom Bulletin Board Display of Character Body Book Reports
Note: These examples are from a variety of different Roald Dahl books.
Your students will love creating large projects shaped like the characters from this book written by Roald Dahl.
Traditionally, requiring students to write about a character from a book is a task that most students find quite boring. By using these body shaped book report templates, your students will be enthusiastic about writing descriptions for these funny Roald Dahl characters.
The writing templates and graphic organizers that I have designed fit inside on the character's shirt and outside on the character's vest, arms, pants, or skirt.
This unique set of lesson plans contains all of the teaching resources that you will need for your students to write about the characters from this story. The only additional material required to complete this project is construction paper.
You will be amazed at some of the creative ideas that your students come up with as they are individualizing their projects to represent their character's appearance, personality, and interests.
My students complete these fun projects prior to our Roald Dahl Day. On this day, my students dress up like their characters and share their projects in class.
This set of teaching resources for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory contains worksheet directions and printable templates to make character body book reports for Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, Grandpa Joe, and an Oompa Loompa.
There are 8 individual sets of teaching resources, one for each character, and each set is individualized for that particular character.
Examples of Different Writing Topics:
There is a second version of each character's worksheets and templates that contains British spelling rules (colour instead of color, favourite instead of favorite, etc).
This set of teaching resources contains materials for 8 different characters, and there are 10 individualized worksheets and templates for each character.
Consequently, this set of Roald Dahl teaching resources contains 80 printable worksheets and templates.
In addition, this set includes a 5 page bulletin board display banner (shown above) and character name cards to use for your finished bulletin board display (shown below).
This fun project contains directions on how to fold a piece of construction paper into a body shape (there are slightly different directions for male and female characters).
This set of teaching resources includes 2 pages of detailed assembling directions that show students how to assemble this character project.
Below is a sample of the assembling directions worksheets. Some of the 8 steps in this set of directions have been covered and are not show in this example.
The picture examples on the actual assembling directions worksheets demonstrate exactly how, in 8 steps, to cut and fold the construction paper to form a character body that has a vest that opens.
These directions show how to design a male character that is wearing pants or a female character (Veruca or Violet) that is wearing a skirt.
Below is an example of the directions worksheet for the Willy Wonka character body project.
It is impossible to tell you the measurements of this project because each student designs their own head, hands, legs, and feet for their characters.
Without these additional body parts, the main part of this project measures 18 inches in width and 12 inches in height. Students then add the head, hands, legs, and feet to this main body section.
Everything that you need to complete these character projects is included in this set of teaching resources. Your students will need scissors, glue, tape, coloring pencils, and construction paper to complete these projects.
For the main body section of this character project, each student will need a piece of construction paper that measures 12 inches x 18 inches. Students will also need construction paper to make the character's head, hands, and feet. In addition, my students often bring in yarn and fabric from home for their character's hair and clothes.
Each set of character worksheets includes directions for how to glue the final draft templates onto the character's body.
Each set of gluing directions is slightly different due to the different writing topics for the 8 different characters. Below is an example of the directions for the Willy Wonka project.
I believe that the writing process is important and that teachers should use process writing whenever possible.
For this reason, my students never begin their Roald Dahl character projects by writing on their final draft character body templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets. Next, my students edit and revise their written work on their own, with a partner, or in individual writing conferences with me.
This character body book report project is designed so that each writing section is glued onto the shirt and vest area of the character's body.
There are three different writing topics for each character. In addition, students have to select 10 adjectives that describe their characters.
Each character's writing topics are slightly different.
On my first draft worksheets, I have designed the writing line spaces to match the spaces allotted on the final draft character templates.
Each set includes three pages of first draft writing worksheets. Below are examples of the first draft worksheets for the Willy Wonka character project.
Each character set includes three worksheets of final draft writing templates. After students have written their final drafts, they cut out these template pieces and glue them onto their character's body according to the directions worksheet.
These text boxes and templates for the 8 characters are all the same size, but the writing topics inside them are slightly different for each character.
Below are examples of the final draft templates for the Willy Wonka character project.
A grading rubric is included in this set of teaching resources. I believe that it is important for students to evaluate their own work, so this project contains an assessment section for both students and teachers.
When students evaluate their character projects, they color in the faces on their grading rubric worksheets. When a teacher evaluates the projects, the teacher circles the small numbers inside each box on the printable worksheets.
Below is an example of the grading rubric for the Willy Wonka character project.
This set of teaching resources includes 8 character name cards for you to use as labels for your bulletin board display of these unique Charlie and the Chocolate Factory student projects.
To help save you time in preparing your bulletin board display of your students' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character body projects, this set includes a 5 page bulletin board display banner.
Your students will be enthusiastic about completing these fun and unique projects about the characters from Roald Dahl's novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
You can let your students chose which characters they want to do a project on, or you can assign different characters to your students. These projects also work well as collaborative group projects.
If you are planning a Roald Dahl Day, these character projects are a fantastic idea to use as a project for students to have ready and completed for your Roald Dahl Day.
I have my students dress up in costumes as their characters on our Roald Dahl Day. My students share their projects with their classmates and give a short speech pretending to be their characters.
Above: This student has dressed up as Willy Wonka. In the directions worksheets that are included in this set, students are encouraged to use their imagination and add additional decorations to their character's body that would individualize them. This student has put a top hat on his Willy Wonka project and he is carrying a cane.
Above: This student has dressed up as Veruca Salt. I love this picture because it shows how involved this girl's mother was with helping her prepare for our Roald Dahl Day. She is wearing a dress that matches the fabric that she used for her Veruca Salt character project.
Above: This student has dressed up as Violet Beauregarde. She has individualized her project by having a big chewing gum bubble in front of Violet's face. She's also dressed Violet in blue and wore the same matching color herself. This student was very excited to give her speech in front of the class because she was allowed to chew gum while she delivered her speech!
Above: This student has dressed up as Charlie Bucket.
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