Cover for the Milton Hershey FREE Unit Study showing the Who Was Milton Hershey book and some of the printables.

Milton Hershey FREE Unit Study

Milton Hershey created some of the most popular chocolates in America… the Hershey Bar and the Hershey Kiss!  He was also a businessman who believed a success meant taking care of his workers and community.

In this unit study, learn about his failures, successes and how he lived his life.  Then, make your own candy business plan, conduct a favorite candy survey, play a game and more!

Grab the book, sign-up to receive the FREE printable unit study and then explore the other resources below! And if you like this unit study, check out our 30+ other FREE Unit Studies here.Check out this free unit study all about Milton Hershey! Perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day or to use any other time of the year.

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The Book about Milton Hershey

The Milton Hershey unit study is based upon the book Who Was Milton Hershey?  This book shares the different businesses Milton Hershey started and what it took to find success. This is a great read aloud for early elementary ages or an independent reading assignment for children in about grades 3-6.  There are two longer books at the bottom of this post if you are looking for something more in-depth.

Who Was Milton Hershey?
  • Buckley Jr., James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 12/26/2013 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

The Milton Hershey FREE Printable Unit Study

The printable unit study includes the following:

Notebooking pages about Milton Hershey’s life.

A timeline activity to chart his life.

A Venn diagram to compare Milton Hershey with Willy Wonka.

A writing prompt to help children think about how to turn failures into successes.

Printable notebooking pages, writing prompt, timeline, and Venn diagram from the Milton Hershey FREE Unit Study.

Candy Survey: Conduct a survey of people’s favorite candy.  Record data and create a bar graph based upon the data.

Complete the Business Plans: Use math skills to finish the business plans and see how much these children will earn making and selling new candy creations.

Your Business Plan: Now create your own candy creation and design a business plan for it.

Hop  the Kisses: A following direction game.  Players can read the directions to work on reading comprehension or someone else can read the direction out loud to work on listening skills.


Printable candy survey, business plan, and game from the Milton Hershey FREE Unit Study.

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Videos About Milton Hershey

A good overview of Milton Hershey’s life with lots of old pictures and video clips. (2:30 minutes).

Here is a video from the Food Network about Milton Hershey and his chocolates.  (4:40 minutes)

Learn more about the Milton Hershey at Ducksters.

Videos about Chocolate

See how Hershey’s Kisses are made! (3:30 minutes)

Watch a more detailed video about making chocolate in general. (4:13 minutes)


Videos about Hershey Today

See what Milton Hershey’s Company is like today!  (just under 2 min.)

Check out the Hershey Museum.

All About Chocolate

The History of Chocolate in 4:40 minutes.

This video shows you how to make your own chocolate with just 4 ingredients! Supplies needed: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk powder, coconut oil and candy molds.  (5:30 minutes)

For more chocolate fun, checkout this Unit Study  and this Unit Study all about chocolate.

Or draw a chocolate bar:

What other resources have you used to learn about Milton Hershey? Please share below!!

Other Resources

More in-depth books:

Milton Hershey: More Than Chocolate (Heroes of History)
  • Benge, Janet (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 10/15/2012 (Publication Date) - Emerald Books (Publisher)
Milton Hershey: Young Chocolatier (Childhood of Famous Americans)
  • Eboch, M.M. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 07/01/2008 (Publication Date) - Aladdin (Publisher)

A fun, fictional book to add to your unit study!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Dahl, Roald (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 08/16/2007 (Publication Date) - Viking Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Math books:

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Jerry Pallotta (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 12/01/1999 (Publication Date) - Bt Bound (Publisher)
The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Multiplication Book
  • Pallotta, Jerry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 02/01/2002 (Publication Date) - Cartwheel (Publisher)
The Hershey's Kisses Addition Book
  • Hardcover Book
  • Pallotta, Jerry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 05/19/2024 (Publication Date) - Cartwheel Books (Publisher)
Hershey's Kisses Subtraction Book
  • Pallotta, Jerry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 07/01/2002 (Publication Date) - Cartwheel (Publisher)