Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Theme, and supports the standard of determining the theme and supporting details. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • What do you think might be the lesson, or theme, of “Little Red Riding Hood?” 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Students read the fable in the Primary Source, then partner with a classmate to answer the accompanying questions. 

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a movie that retells your favorite story. Challenge a classmate to use the details from it to identify the theme.  
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that states the theme of a favorite story and then identify details from the story that support that theme.  
  • Creative Coding:  Code a Theme sorting game. Think of two themes that are common to many fairy tales. Then think of tales that fit in one of the two categories and challenge players to sort them by theme. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about theme.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How can characters help readers to understand a story’s theme? 
  • What strategies are helpful when determining the theme of a story?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Theme Challenge. 

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Continue exploring story elements with BrainPOP’s  Plot, Story Conflict, and Main Idea topics.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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