Grade: Elementary

#4160. Lon Po Po Read Aloud Activity

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Sat Apr 5 10:06:45 PDT 2008 by Meghan Webb (Meghan Webb).

Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Story from China
By: Ed Young
Read Aloud Activity

1. Tell me about the story of Red Riding Hood. Who are the characters? What happened in the story?
2. This is a Red Riding Story from China. It was written by Ed Young who was born in China but later moved to the United States. Tell me the name of the person who writes a book. (Author)
3. While I am reading, think about the differences and similarities that exist between the familiar version and the Chinese version. Also, think about the setting, plot, characters, conflict, resolution, and whatever else you find interesting.
4. Vocabulary Discussion
5. Gingko Nuts are mentioned in the story. What are Ginkgo Nuts?
6. Venn Diagram
7. Lon Po Po Comprehension Questions

Discuss the dedication at the beginning of the story.
"To all the wolves of the world
for lending their good name
as a tangible symbol for our darkness"

Show the students their names written in Chinese. Explain the difference in language and go over some of the Chinese facts. See if they can write their name in Chinese.
Writing Activity: When Mother returned home the next morning, the girls had quite a tale to tell her. Students put themselves in the shoes of the girls as they write the events of the story. Recall what happened between the wolf and the girls. Ask students to think about what the girls might tell their mother. What might they keep a secret?

Gingko nut = white nut

Pronunciation: GHING-koe OR JING-koe Notes: These nuts date back some 150 million years, and are believe to be a powerful aphrodisiac. Asian cooks like to use them in desserts and stir-fries. They're available in Asian markets either fresh (in the fall), canned, or dried. To prepare fresh nuts, crack open their shells and then pour boiling water over the nutmeats. Let them soak for about ten minutes until their skins are loose. Peel off the skins, then put the nutmeats in a pot full of boiling water, let it simmer for about thirty minutes, then drain. Canned nuts have already been shelled, skinned and boiled, but they're mealier than fresh nuts. Rinse them before using. Substitutes: blanched almonds OR pine nuts