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Chocolate as a lesson tool!

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RillaBlythe Mon 01-Oct-12 19:32:49

Is this standard? According to DD & corroborated by another DC, today they sorted smarties out according to colour then got to eat them. It wasn't anyone's birthday. I feel like a po-faced puritan but I don't expect her to eat chocolate as part of her school day. Aren't there other small colourful objects they can sort?!

DowntonTrout Mon 01-Oct-12 19:36:16

We also have chocolate bars being broken into squares for learning about fractions.

It was DDs Favorite Maths lesson ever!

RillaBlythe Mon 01-Oct-12 19:37:28

I suppose it sticks in their mind!

mrz Mon 01-Oct-12 19:37:39

www.prometheanplanet.com/en-gb/Resources/Item/27109/data-handling-smarties#.UGnifVFDDLw

RedHelenB Mon 01-Oct-12 19:39:20

I used dolly mixture for data handling with my y3's!! If it was happening ever less on I'd say you had a point but I couldn't afford to but sweets all the time!!!

Hopeforever Mon 01-Oct-12 19:39:34

Wish I'd been a student at that school grin

mrz Mon 01-Oct-12 19:41:18

I've taught whole topics on chocolate - which Ofsted loved (and asked for samples)

snowball3 Mon 01-Oct-12 19:43:00

smarties for probability and data handling, chcolate for fractions, milkshake for ratios, bread making for quantities, the possibilities are endless!

I remember using smarties for something and then eating them.

Oh and making easter nests out of shredded wheat to demonstrate how birds built nests hmm

scrappydappydoo Mon 01-Oct-12 19:44:18

LOL - my dd's yr 1 teacher did this - I was more upset that she used a nestle product than dd having choc in school.

Im not a teacher btw, I meant when I was at school.

RillaBlythe Mon 01-Oct-12 19:46:46

Haha scrappydappydoo maybe I should take in info on the boycott!

Thanks for the link & the info - so clearly this is a thing, & clearly I missed out at primary school!

KateUnrulyBush Mon 01-Oct-12 19:47:17

We make chocolate crispy cakes in science to demonstrate the process of melting and pose questions about reversible and irreversible changes. In fact, we link food and cookery to a lot of the curriculum - pancakes, soda bread, jelly, to name a few.

I once did a piece of creative writing with year five based around a tin of Quality Street, in which each child chose one from the tin blindfold, then unwrapped, ate and described the whole sensory experience. We displayed it with the empty wrappers made into a border.

I think it's an excellent idea, very memorable for the children and <whispers> fun.

KitKatGirl1 Mon 01-Oct-12 19:48:53

Never very helpful for dcs with milk allergies:-(

Ds always got an apple when the others were having chocolate (a treat to him at least!)

Floggingmolly Mon 01-Oct-12 19:49:06

I feel like a po faced Puritan
Well, you said it!

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 01-Oct-12 19:50:49

Love the idea of chocolate lessons!

The stuff is fab as a bribery tool in secondary lessons to wink

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 01-Oct-12 19:50:59

Too

mrz Mon 01-Oct-12 19:59:05

KitKatGirl1 have you tried the Moo Free (lactose free) chocolate?

Science - changing materials -melting and cooling chocolate make chocolate lollies.

CouthyMowWearingOrange Mon 01-Oct-12 20:06:36

Kitkatgirl - supply the teacher with a bag of Jelly tots. Does the same job, but milk free. (DS3 CMP allergic).

KitKatGirl1 Mon 01-Oct-12 20:09:17

Ds likes (very expensive) dark chocolate buttons, but thanks, mrz:-) There are also some gf/cf 'smarties' you can get from the health food shop but would be a pain if they got muddled up with the others!

(Actually his yr 6 teacher was fab and got in some special macaroons she knew he was allowed when they had 'newspaper, juice and biscuit time' pre-Sats tests but it just used to make me laugh if it was a child's b'day and they all came out with sweeties/chocs and ds got an orange. He didn't mind!)

5inthebed Mon 01-Oct-12 20:09:36

Ds2 would LOVE a lesson involving chocolate.

As a one off I can't see the problem.

KitKatGirl1 Mon 01-Oct-12 20:10:47

Ds now at secondary and he came home saying the geography teacher offered Revels as a reward for full marks on a test. Not sure if I can send in sweeties to all his secondary teachers just in case!

mrz Mon 01-Oct-12 20:11:14

I used to buy my son the carob buttons (but they aren't really a substitute)

Tiggles Mon 01-Oct-12 20:20:32

I still remember the literacy lesson I had 26 years ago when were each given an Opal Fruit (Starburst now?) and had to describe it. Mine was yellow...

mrz Mon 01-Oct-12 20:23:12

www.thebellbird.cambs.sch.uk/documents/class%205%20-%20Chocolate%20Investigation.pdf

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