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.
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.
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.
Grade Level 2-3
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & MotifsCommon Core Standards
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Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in Poppleton in Winter. Illustrate examples and write a short description below each cell.
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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).
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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