Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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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 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 on the Theme topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Quirky Stuff,” “In Depth,” or “Arts and Entertainment.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about theme while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a movie that retells your favorite story. Challenge a classmate to use the details from it to identify the theme.   (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key ideas)
  • 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.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Cite specific evidence to support conclusions drawn)
  • 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. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences based on explicit details)
  • Primary Source Activity: Read the fable and cite details to answer the questions. (Essential Literacy Skill: Draw evidence to support analysis and reflection)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Theme Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Theme Quiz.

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of key ideas and details with these topics: Plot, Story Conflict, and Main Idea

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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