Starter Activities

Chocolate: The New Health Food. Or Is It?

Teacher-Led Discussion Ideas
Use Think-Pair-Share to involve all students in the discussions. First ask students to think about the questions silently, then ask them to share their ideas with a neighbor. Finally, discuss their answers as a class.

Conversation Starters (10-15 minutes).
A brief set of discussion questions to get students talking about chocolate.

  1. Ask students if they like chocolate. Does any student not like chocolate?
  2. What is their favorite way to eat chocolate?
  3. Can they describe specifically what they enjoy about eating it?
  4. What physical or chemical properties of chocolate could contribute to the experience of eating it?
  5. Do they think chocolate is healthy? Ask them to explain their ideas.

What Do We Know About Chocolate? (Worksheet 1) Part 1 (10-15 minutes).
Students consider what they already know about chocolate, and in Part 2 they compare their ideas to information from the article.