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Activities on a chocolate theme

Word games

  1. Word challenge: How many words can your students make from the words chocolate egg? Set a time limit. This is a good filler for starting, ending or changing pace in lessons.

  2. Jobs brainstorm: Make a list of all the possible jobs of people involved in getting a chocolate egg to your supermarket shelf.

  3. Word association: Think of as many words as possible associated with chocolate e.g. dark, cocoa, hot, milk or limit it to adjectives e.g. creamy, rich, sweet, bitter.

Discussion topics

    Chocolate and young people’s health

    There are more and more reports which show that Britain’s youth are becoming increasingly overweight and unhealthy. One reason given is the sedentary lifestyle but consumption of sweets and chocolate has reached alarming levels. Confectionary is readily available and is considered an acceptable snack by many. During the Christian period of Lent leading up to Easter many young people give up chocolate as a symbolic type of fasting.

    1. What methods could be used to reduce chocolate and sweet consumption and prevent people developing a sweet tooth from an early age?

    2. Do students agree or disagree with the following measures? Why? Why not? Would they work?

        Ban all advertising of chocolate and sweets from children’s TV and youth TV.
        Ban advertising of chocolate and sweets in teenage publications.
        Do not allow the consumption of sweets and chocolate on school premises.
        Have a school shop selling healthy snacks.


  1. Snack and confectionary survey: students make questions to find out how many snacks are consumed in their class, how much confectionary, how much ‘eating between meals’, when snacks are eaten, when chocolate is eaten. They use their questions to interview classmates. Present the results in graph form.

  2. Good and bad snack list: give groups or pairs ten minutes to make a list of healthy snacks and a list of unhealthy snacks. Mix up pairs or groups and ask them to compare and discuss their lists. They should agree on a top 4 baddies list and a top 4 goodies list. Hold a class feedback session.

  3. Choose the best advert: (TV or magazine). Take three adverts for chocolate.

      a. Who is the advert aimed at? Kids? Teenagers? Women? Men? Working people? b. Think of an adjective which best sums up the ad: funny? Informative? Romantic? c. Choose the advert which is the most effective/best: Why is it the best? Present your choice to the rest of the class.

  4. Plan a campaign: Give students a chocolate wrapper. Explain that it is a new product aimed at teenagers. In groups ask them to brainstorm an advert to go in magazines and on billboards. What would make it appealing to their age range?

Internet resources The teaching resources on fair trade include a unit of work on fair trade chocolate bars. Good for health issues for young people including statistics on chocolate consumption per capita in the UK. Good chocolate links too! An excellent cross-curricular resource from the origins of chocolate to its production today.

Manual Links

Using pictures from magazines p77-78
Magazine sources p 128
Different tasks for discussion p51-53
Group planning tasks p42-43
Using video p89-91


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