My grandmother always said, “God was in a good mood the day He created chocolate!” I grew up thinking that chocolate was a basic food group! And, I admit, chocolate is one of my weaknesses. What does National Chocolate Day have to do with mathematics! Well – where’s the math? Below you will find some suggestions for connecting math and chocolate. Even though National Chocolate Day is Saturday, Oct. 28th, you can use these to extend the Day to a Week’s worth of Chocolate related discussions, writings, and connections! (Click each of the links to find the activities/packets)
Here are some places there is math connected to chocolate:
- NRich’s Stage 3 (Grades 6 – 10) activity Chocolate Maths
- SpringBoard’s PreCalculus Unit 8: Chapter 24: Law of Cosines: The Chocolate Factory
- Jerry Pallotta’s Book for all ages: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Weights and Measures
- Math in Focus: Using picture prompts to begin discussions about mathematical ideas and topics.
Post it for students to see.
Give them time to free write: “What do you wonder?”
Then discuss and drill down to more specific topics as desired.
For a full pack of 66 pictures to use on various topics click on the picture or the link below:
And, as a final option, download the FREE pack of ideas, included many “chocolate facts” that include numbers in various roles! Let National Chocolate Day be the kick-off to a week of chocolate related activities for your classroom. These can be used as bell ringers, transition activities, centers/learning stations, etc.