Explain the importance of healthy eating with this strange tale of overindulgence. Use this resource for multiple activities for use with independent reading groups. Design a character chart that details Henry and his relationship with his family. Connect words from the chapter to their meaning. Students explain what they already know about germs and how they spread, prior to reading the chapter. Step into Henry's shoes and imagine what it would be like to be scared and confused at the hospital. Put events from the chapter in the order that they happen when Henry escapes from the hospital and runs into a gang of bullies. Conduct an interview with a classmate to find out how your thoughts of the novel differ. Additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.
About the Novel:
Chocolate Fever tells the story of a young boy's strange illness caused by his unusual eating habits. Henry Green loves chocolate. He eats it all the time and on everything. He enjoys chocolate syrup on his mashed potatoes, chocolate sprinkles on his buttered noodles, and cocoa dusted on canned peaches, pears and applesauce. The best part is, he never gains weight, gets a cavity or ruins his skin. Until now. One day at school, Henry notices chocolate-smelling brown spots all over his body. A trip to the hospital finds that Henry's spots are made of 100% pure chocolate, causing the doctor to diagnose him with 'chocolate fever'. Afraid, Henry decides to run away. He runs right into some bullies. Henry gets away by convincing them that his illness is a highly contagious and deadly disease. Henry's adventures continue as he wonders whether he will ever be cured of his 'chocolate fever'.