Lon Po Po Lesson: Conflict
Objective: students identify conflict, problem and resolution in a story while problem solving.
Lon Po Po by Ed Young is a Little Red Riding Hood story from another culture and is beloved by children who play this as a full class drama. The words Lon and Po Po mean wolf and grandmother, respectively, in Chinese. Students love playing the conflict and burying themselves in the blankets as the wolf knocks on the door. You might want to take a role in this drama yourself! For this lesson you need a basket, Gingko tree leaf (a handmade one is fine), wolf's paw, and a very large blanket or quilt as props. Before starting this lesson, review our anonymous casting tips for choosing students to play different characters. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Second Grade Curriculum.
To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Second Grade Curriculum.