Turtle who Lived by the Pond Lesson

Turtle who Lived by the Pond Lesson:  Fantasy and Reality

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Objective: students use transformation and delineate reality from fantasy in a drama.

Which part is fantasy and which is reality in the story of the turtle who wants to be something he is not? Turtle learns a very important lesson along the way in this story, “The Turtle Who Lived by the Pond.” From plot twist to plot twist, students plan and play a series of transformations into objects and animals. Download the story to complete the materials for the lesson. Review our techniques for viewing and sharing student work before you have the students present their stories to others. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Second Grade Curriculum.

Second Grade Drama Journal: The Turtle Who Lived by the Pond

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


  • Collaboration
  • Planning
  • Transformation


  • Animals
  • Environment
  • Fantasy
  • Habitats
  • Plot Sequence
  • Predicting
  • Reality
  • Story Elements
  • Visualizing


  • Open