The Empty Pot Book Study

Grade Levels
2nd - 5th, Homeschool
Resource Type
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24 pages
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This print-and-go resource includes everything you need to supplement your reading of The Empty Pot by Demi, a fantastic story that emphasizes the importance of honesty.

Book synopsis: The Emperor needs to choose a successor and decides to host a contest. He gives all the children in the kingdom a seed and tells them to bring back their best in one year. Ping, the main character, is very excited because he loves to garden and knows he can grow a beautiful flower. However, Ping plants his seed and nothing happens. He replants it in a larger pot with fresh soil. He waters it and looks after it every day, but still nothing grows. After the year, the other children all make fun of Ping because they have beautiful flowers, but all Ping has is an empty pot. Ping's parents encourage him, telling him they're proud of him for doing his best. The children all come to the Emperor, but he is not pleased with their beautiful flowers. When he sees Ping's empty pot, he smiles. The Emperor tells everyone that the seeds he handed out had been boiled, so nothing could grow from them. All of the other children had swapped out their seeds, but only Ping was honest and brought an empty pot. Ping, praised for his honesty and courage, is crowned the next Emperor.

This print-and-go resource includes the following activities:

Front Cover visualization (to be completed before you read the book)

Charting the Details: Beginning-Middle-End graphic organizer (answer key included)

Retelling Booklet – create a 6-page booklet to retell the story

Sequencing Events (answer key included)

Cause & Effect (two templates – one with “cause” column filled out – answer key included - and one blank)

Vivid Vocabulary (answer key included)

My Favorite Scene - drawing activity

Moral of the Story - letter writing activity

Irony (answer key included)

Fill the Pots – following directions and drawing activity

Honest or Not? Critical thinking activity

This is a fantastic story that acts as a great discussion starter for conversations about the importance of honesty and acting with integrity. I always read this story to my students during the first week of school.

Note: I am not associated with the book or the author – I just enjoy reading it with my students each year and I wanted to create print-and-go activities to help simplify your lesson planning. You can purchase the book on Amazon, at your local book store, or check it out from the library.

Resource created by Jessica Lawler

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Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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