Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

In the BrainPOP ELL movie Little Red Fairytale (L3U6L2), Ben retells the classic fairytale, “Little Red Riding Hood,” as a puppet show.  Ben’s version includes funny twists and a surprise ending! Students enjoy the show as they listen carefully for reported speech. In this lesson plan, adaptable for grades 2-8, students complete analogies and identify the relationships among the words, and identify sensory and descriptive adjectives, and then create drawings according to their partners’ descriptions.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Identify relationships among words as they complete analogies.
  2. Identify descriptive adjectives in the movie.
  3. Describe a picture for their partners to draw.



Analogy, relationship, synonym, antonym, example
Adjective, describe, sharp, round, furry, draw, character
Fairytale, puppet


For Activity 1, Word Analogies, make copies of the Word Analogies exercise below, or write it on the board for students to copy.
  1. Polite is to __________ as true is to false.
  2. Knife is to ______ as kitten is to soft.
  3. _________ is to predator as rabbit is to prey.
  4. Shout is to ________ as cry is to laugh.
  5. Triangle is to triangular as circle is to ________.
  6. Kick is to foot as ________ is to arms.
For the extension activity, bring in puppets or invite students to bring puppets to school.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Word Analogies. Project the Flash Words feature from the movie Little Red Fairytale (L3U6L2). Write a completed analogy on the board: Ear is to sound as tongue is to taste. Elicit the relationship between the two sets of words, and discuss what an analogy is. Distribute or display the word analogies (see Preparation), and have students work in pairs to complete the word analogies, using the Flash Words to complete each analogy. As you review the completed sentences with the class, prompt students to identify the relationship among the words in each analogy, such as synonyms, antonyms, examples, and word families. Students may describe these relationships in their own words. Then invite partners to write three additional analogies, using any words they wish. They may use words from this lesson, or visit the Word Lists for an extensive list of words. Remind them that they must be prepared to describe the relationships among the words.
  2. Describe It and Draw It. On a repeat viewing of Little Red Fairytale (L3U6L2), pause the movie to point out descriptive adjectives (i.e., round, sharp, furry). Ask students to brainstorm more adjectives that describe how an object, animal, or person looks or feels. Encourage them to browse through the Word Lists for ideas. List the adjectives students say on the board. Tell students to draw a picture illustrating the adjectives. For example, they might draw Moby with sharp teeth, big ears, and furry arms. When they finish, invite students to describe their drawing to a partner without showing it to him or her. They might choose to sit back to back to shield their drawings from their partners. Each partner draws a picture based on the description. Have students compare their drawings, and then switch roles.


Puppets are effective tools for facilitating dialogue among language learners. If you have puppets, bring some in or have students create their own with socks or brown paper bags. Ask students to share what they know about puppet shows and to discuss ones they have seen. You might show examples of puppet shows from the Internet. In pairs or small groups, have students write dialogue to create a puppet show of their own. They may want to adapt another familiar fairytale. Volunteers present their puppet shows to the class.


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