Do Not Open (Part 1) Lesson

Do Not Open (Part 1) Lesson: Putting Action Verbs in Acting

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Objective: students demonstrate character actions, C.I.T.I.(concentration, imagination, transformation, imitation), and identify story elements.

Miss Moody has a cat that is afraid of storms--but why isn’t she? What is she afraid of when she finds a mysterious bottle on the beach after a terrible storm at sea? Students love this story, Do Not Open, by Brinton Turkle. In this lesson, students will identify action verbs and learn how actors use verbs to tell stories. We recommend playing Peanut Butter and Jelly, a silly activity that will get your students to explore verbs with their bodies. This lesson pairs with Do Not Open (Part 2) Lesson, and it is part of our recommended sequence in the Second Grade Curriculum.

Second Grade Drama Journal: Do Not Open (Part 1)

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

Grade Level


  • Communication
  • Concentration
  • Imagination
  • Imitation
  • Story Elements
  • Transformation


  • Context Clues
  • Fantasy
  • Inferencing
  • Plot Sequence
  • Predicting
  • Reality
  • Story Elements
  • Visualizing


  • Open