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Chocolate -Riches from the Rainforest, Robert Burleigh

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Reading Activities for UKS2
by Maddy Barnes

Chocolate –Riches from the Rainforest
Where did chocolate come from? Who invented chocolate? What have the rainforests got to do with chocolate? How long have people been making chocolate for? Let’s find out what happened…

What do you know about chocolate?
DISCUSS:
• Where did it originate?
• What is the story?
• Who created it?
• How did they create it?
• Has chocolate evolved over time?

Where does chocolate come from?
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– Read the 3rdparagraph. Give 2 impressions of the rainforest.
– How did the chocolate story begin?
– Who pollinates the cacao tree?
– What is unusual about the pods?
– What has to happen to the seeds before they become chocolate?

Who figured it out?
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– What is the earliest know recording of humans eating chocolate?
– The Maya regarded chocolate in the highest esteem. Explain how you know this, referring to the text. (3 marks)
– What did the Maya use to toast cacao seeds?

The Maya could be called the world’s first chocolatiers.
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– How long does the process take?
– What is the significance of the back-and-forth pouring?
– What was chocolate sweetened with?
– What else was added to chocolate for other tastes?
– Who was chocolate traditionally served to?

The special drink was chocolate mixed with blood.
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– Who followed in the Maya’s footsteps?
– How did the Aztecs get cacao seeds? Give two.
– What are cacao seeds known as in Spain and Ecuador?
– Summarisewhat you know about Montezuma and chocolate.

The divine drink
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– Read the first paragraph and compare the 2 quotations about chocolate. How are they different?
– How did the Spaniards change the taste of chocolate?
– Where does the word ‘chocolate’ come from?

Drinking chocolate caused a person to fall in love.
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– What was a molinillo?
– How did chocolate spread to the rest of Europe?
– Did everyone share the same views on chocolate? (3 marks)
– What did people do in chocolate houses?

Chocolate conquered Europe
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– What had not changed from the days of the Maya and Aztecs?
– Explain how the slave trade was pivotal in the development of chocolate.
– ‘it took six days of a slave’s life to produce one teaspoon of sugar.’ explain what this quotation means.

What changed?
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– How did Coenraad Van Houtenchange the fate if chocolate?
– When was the first edible solid chocolate available in England?
– How did Daniel Peter change chocolate?
– Explain what ‘conching’ did.

Chocolate is here to stay
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– What changed during ‘tempering?’
– What did fake chocolate include?
– How did the invention of the fridge change the fate of chocolate?
– How did chocolate feature during WW1?
– Which chocolate bars made then are still popular today? Give 3.

…a health food
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– How was chocolate promoted for health?
– How did critics strike back?
– How much do Americans spend on candy on Valentines?

In some ways, modern chocolate making is very new.
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– Where do most cacao trees grow today?
– How has the cacao tree contributed to the problem of the rainforest?
– Find a fact that supports the speed that pods are cut today.
– Give 2 changes today in the creation of chocolate -use the text.

… thousands of candy bars and treats every hour
• Read the double spread and consider the following:
– How is chocolate transported to smaller companies?
– Explain how chocolate chips are made.
– How many chips are made in an hour?
– Has once-royal chocolate become completely democratic? Explain what this means.

You can order Chocolate -Riches from the Rainforest from the Book Centre or online at www.madeleinelindley.com

Maddy Barnes @moonmaddy

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