Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Milton Hershey

Today, in honor of National Candy Day (November 4th), we studied the life of Milton Hershey.

To start, we read Who Was Milton Hershey? by James Buckley, Jr.
Then, we watched this great YouTube video about Hershey that was broadcast this past September on CBS Sunday Morning.
Next, we watched a fun one about Hershey Park!
After the videos, it was time to do some investigating.  We got Maggie's Halloween bucket and dug into all its contents to find candies that were made from the Hershey Company.
 All of these goodies are Hershey-made!
It was time to taste some of this Hershey's goodness.  We ate a few kisses and I handed her a sheet I created on the computer, asking her to list a few adjectives to describe the candy.  (It was fun to learn that kisses got their name from the small, smacking sound they made as they hit the conveyor belt in the Hershey factory!)
 Our research material!
 Testing ...
 Sweet goodness!
 I got these great chocolate candy stickers free with my Scholastic order through our homeschooling group, so I decided to use these to reward today's work!  (She loves stickers on her completed pages!)
 Great adjectives, Mags!
Inspired by the art I saw at, I made a little writing prompt on my computer for her to write a few sentences about kisses.  I told her to use at least three of the adjectives she listed in her writing.  (The prompt I made is below.)
Here are her sentences.
Then, using the materials needed to make the cute kisses from that site (cardboard cut into the shape of a kiss, tin foil, googly eyes, markers, white paper, scissors, and glue), we put one together and glued it to some cardstock above our writing prompt.
 Folding the foil over our cardboard kiss template ...
 We added a tag with her name, googly eyes, and a marker smile.
 Our cute kiss!
After that, it was time for math!  I found a great free printable at, which uses a Hershey's milk chocolate bar to understand fractions.
 We got right to work!
 What sweeter reward for a job well done than to eat the math manipulatives?!
Later, we made the "Hershey Kiss Playdough Recipe" found at  Here is Maggie, unwrapping kisses for melting.
 On medium heat!
 To this, we added 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1.5 cups boiling water, like the recipe called for.  HOWEVER ... as you can see, our dough was way too wet.  We needed a lot more flour than that to get a consistency that matched play dough.
 Here it is after another cup of flour, about perfect!  It looked to us like chocolate ice cream.
 It smelled quite good!
Maggie immediately started making kisses, saying she was an assembly line.
 We kept some tissue flags from the opened kisses and cut out squares of tin foil to wrap around our dough kisses.
 Ready to wrap!
Maggie's kisses!
This was a fun study!  Happy National Candy Day, everyone!


  1. If you don't mind, I have a question. Where do you get your list of books and your book sticker to put on the globe? Your ideas are amazing!!!
    Danielle Severs.

    1. Thank you! I'm not sure what you're referring to. Are you talking about the story disks for our Five in a Row (FIAR) books? Five in a Row is the literature curriculum we use and the manuals have the recommended books, study ideas for each book, and the story disks. Here is a link ... I HIGHLY recommend this curriculum! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. OH WOW! I have never heard of this! I have a third grader and I need to figure out where to even start! I am highly interested in this curriculum. Thank you!

    1. You will LOVE it! It's not too late! It's adapted for most elementary ages. You're welcome!