The Empty Pot: Math, Science, Character Ed, and ELA Activities

Grade Levels
1st, 2nd
Resource Types
Product Rating
File Type
PDF (Acrobat) Document File
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.
8.09 MB   |   85 Student Pages pages


Thank you for looking at The Empty Pot, written and illustrated by Demi. It is truly one of my all-time favorite books and is perfect for helping to set the tone to a great school year!

From School Library Journal Review:

When the Chinese Emperor proclaims that his successor will be the child who grows the most beautiful flowers from the seeds the emperor distributes, Ping is overjoyed. Like the emperor, he loves flowers and anything he plants bursts into bloom. But the emperor's seed will not grow, despite months of loving care, and Ping goes before the emperor carrying only his empty pot. The emperor ignores the beautiful blossoms brought by the other children and chooses Ping, revealing that the seeds he handed out had been cooked and could not grow. This simple story with its clear moral is illustrated with beautiful paintings.

It's easy to find/locate a copy since it's in almost every library. But in case you can’t find a copy, the video version is available from Between the Lions online here:

What's included?

UPDATED MARCH 16, 2016 to include this mini product as well:
Book It: Retell It, Write It, Make It! The Empty Pot

Language Arts:

*Who is Demi? Reading Passage (2 versions)

*Write 3 Facts About Demi

*Demi Is/Can

Make-A-Word (Honest Ping)

*Noun search in book (Can read with projector)

*Noun/Verb/Adjective Search for differentiation

*ABC Order to first and second letter

*Writing Prompts (Different Handwriting Lines to Select)

*Share your OPINION about the book (Diff Lines to select)

*Jokes about Flowers/Gardening

*Make Connections

*Identify Genre/Prove it


*Flower Power Game: Race to 50 and 120 (2 versions)

*Find sums of 12 an 20 on petals

*Odd/Even Chant Reminder

*Seed Grab (You will need a bag and some seeds. I use beans
so kids can grab a handful. Count and determine if number is odd/even)

*3 versions of Odd/Even Board Game. Play with either 1, 2, or 3 dice. Also have same games in BW in packet.

*7 open-ended worksheets to meet needs of all students in your class.


*Honesty Defined Poster

*Honesty Class Book (You can select handwriting paper)

*Honest/Dishonest Sort (10 speech bubbles with situations that can be sorted into HONEST/DISHONEST. Great for discussion! Also comes with two blank bubbles you can copy and have each child make up one situation of their own.

*Honesty Is the Best Policy Poster. THREE Versions: one with just quote, one that says if you agree, color in a flower. (Flower included in different sizes. Makes a nice display.) and one that says “These are words that describe Ping.” For this one, kids would write words to describe Ping in each petal of a flower. Makes a nice display as well. Three different sized flowers to select from.

Ping’s Pot: Different colored labels given for you to choose from. Bring in flower pot at home and attach label. Anytime a child chooses the HONEST path, have them write name on paper and put in pot. A great reminder on display all year!

*A book to record experiments using the Scientific Process for Living/Nonliving Seed Experiments

*You can do various experiments and I suggest two in the packet that go along with the book. I make a separate book for each one which has cover and I wonder, I think, I see, I discovered, and I know pages.

Thanks so much for taking a look! A great way to reinforce the value of honesty and trustworthiness in your classroom.

If you like this product, you may want to take a peek at a title="Naughty or Nice? Tattling vs. Reporting" href="">Naughty or Nice? Tattling vs. Reporting

If you liked this product, you may be interested in Naughty or Nice? Tattling or Reporting

Total Pages
85 Student Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

Average Ratings

Overall Quality:
18 ratings
Please log in to post a question.
Digital Download
User Rating: 4.0/4.0
Digital Download
The Empty Pot: Math, Science, Character Ed, and ELA Activities
The Empty Pot: Math, Science, Character Ed, and ELA Activities
The Empty Pot: Math, Science, Character Ed, and ELA Activities
The Empty Pot: Math, Science, Character Ed, and ELA Activities
Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

Learn More

Keep in Touch!

Sign up