Obj.: To have students do some preliminary research on the place and development of specific candies in order to create a timeline
Materials: Access to internet, library and other resources. A classroom sized chart that can be used to construct a timeline. The timeline could hang from a rope extending across the classroom or on a long paper stretched onto a bulletin board or wall.
Prior to students doing the actual research you will have to set up the timeline structure hopefully with the help of students. The timeline can extend from ancient times to the present. A good reference is the book Sweet!: The Delicious Story of Candy by Ann Love & Jane Drake. There are also a few web sites that chronicle the history of candy. http://inventors.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=inventors&cdn=money&tm=33&gps=201_6_1916_995&f=20&tt=2&bt=0&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.candyfavorites.com/shop/history-american-candy.php and the History of Candy http://www.tqnyc.org/2007/NYC074098//thehistoryofcandy.html
1. Have a chart ready of system for students to construct the physical timeline depending on your classroom.
2. Give students the name of a famous candy M&M, Pez, Conversation Hearts, or person in the history of candy i.e. Milton Hershey, Walter Diemer, and Thomas Adams.
3. Have students research what contribution the person made or when the candy and under what circumstances it was developed.
4. Give students a place to record their information. When everyone has completed their research return to the classroom timeline and post the information.
5. Discuss what they learned and what they notice about the timeline.