Do Not Open (Part 2) Lesson

Do Not Open (Part 2) Lesson: Transformation and Prediction

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Objective: students discuss how transformation reveals the message of a story while applying C.I.T.I to play out the 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. We recommend you warm-up the class by practicing concentration and transformation with a Body Objects activity. Students will have the chance to make and demonstrate predictions and apply transformations based on ideas from the book (part of the second grade objectives). This lesson pairs with Do Not Open (Part 1) Lesson, and it is part of our recommended sequence in the Second Grade Curriculum.

Second Grade Drama Journal: Do Not Open (Part 2)

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