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Activity Overview


Several themes are present in the book. Students can pick a theme to explore and should support their choice with specific details or events from the text. One prominent theme is “friendship”. In all three stories, Poppleton learns a little bit more about what being a friend really means.


Friendship

Example 1:

Patrick, a finch, accidentally knocks down all of Poppleton's icicles. Poppleton doesn't get mad and instead they build a picket fence out of icicles. Poppleton and Patrick become friends.


Example 2:

Poppleton thinks all his friends are too busy to go on a sleigh ride. Poppleton's friends end up surprising him on his birthday with treats and a sleigh ride.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/1/2] Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/2] Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/2] Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in Poppleton in Winter. Illustrate examples and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify a theme from Poppleton in Winter.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.



Rubric

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Themes
Create a storyboard that identifies themes in the story. Illustrate examples of each theme and write a short description below each cell.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identify Theme(s)
All themes are correctly identified and described.
Some themes are correctly identified.
No themes are correctly identified.
Examples of Theme(s)
All examples support the identified theme(s).
Most examples fit the identified theme(s).
Most examples do not fit the theme(s).
Illustrate Theme
Images clearly show connection with the theme(s).
Some images help to show the theme.
Images do not help in understanding the theme.




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