My 4th graders are finishing up Chapter 9 in their Social Studies book, “Oh, California”. One of the immigrants we’re studying, who came to California to seek his fortune in the gold mines, was Domenico Ghirardelli. Thankfully for all you chocolate lovers out there, he didn’t make his fortune in gold. He made it in chocolate and his legacy lives on.
In order to make a connection from the past to the present and make the lesson real for them, I gave them all Ghirardelli chocolate squares. They were super excited. I think they’ll remember that Ghirardelli was important to California history, don’t you?