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Top of The Popplets! – April 2016

April has been and left its customary showers, and along with the welcome spring rain came floods of attractive new Popplets. We won’t go so far as to say that it was raining popplets, but we will say that the Public Popplets, Twitter and Facebook pages were positively drenched in energetic and innovative Popplet creations. From a character analysis of a well-known pushy pigeon to a challenging study of homelessness, we picked out some of the best this month had to offer.

Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus: Describing Characters

What’s blue, funny, begs and really, really wants to drive the bus? Yes? No? Pigeon of course, from the award-winning children’s book, Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems. An image of the infamous bird takes the center spot, surrounded by simple description words that provide some savvy insight into the character of the pigeon protagonist. A fun and earnest introduction to literary analysis. Thanks again to Kara Bunch and her Kindergarteners for sharing this on Twitter and Instagram.

Describing Characters

POPPLET TIP: This popular Popplet activity is adaptable for all age groups. Students could even upload a video of the character, or add text (take a photo of the relevant sentence or paragraph in the book) to support their descriptions.

Adverb Amy

Adverb Amy is a really beautifully done and well presented popplet. An especially good idea for learning all about adverbs. An active Adverb Amy leaps from the middle of this grammar web, surrounded by clearly identifiable main verbs, which are linked to their common adverb collocations. Visually attractive, well organized, color coded. Adverbs made easy thanks to 2nd-grade teacher Mrs. Ridge. Thank you!

Adverb Amy

POPPLET TIP: Popplet is a favorite of teachers and students in literacy classes: Spelling, pronunciation, comparing and contrasting, grammar…follow Popplet on Twitter and Facebook for more activities like Adverb Amy

History Exam Revision Questions

Popplet is a handy tool for homework, collaboration on assignments and revision activities: our community share excellent examples of these every day. Exam Questions is one such popplet, shared on Twitter by Steve Walker, a Lead Practitioner at Bradford Academy. This popplet caught our eye because it’s a little different to our usual fare. Created for an A-Level (12th Grade) English History exam, it cleverly blends images and actual exam questions (including marks), and the result is a valuable exam revision aid. Thank you, Steve!


POPPLET TIP: Add answers to questions like those above, then hide them when you are revising by using Popplet Timewarp, which quite literally turns back time and lets you access previous versions of your popplets – before you added answers! Just click the cog menu, select labs, and choose show timewarp to, travel back in time:Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 15.44.42

Homelessness: A Picture of Reality

Spare a thought for the man in the photograph, then make it a question. Homelessness, posted by Mike in Public Popplets does exactly this, making the viewer think hard about what they are seeingAn example of how a popplet board with a single image can form the basis for a brainstorming activity which raises awareness of important social issues.

POPPLET TIP: This type of activity has multiple uses such as creative meditation before writing or painting, brainstorming ideas, recording arguments in debates and creating lists of pros and cons.

Well, April is all but done, and sunny May is making an appearance. If you are looking for more great popplet ideas, our Twitter and Facebook pages are full of them thanks to the thriving Popplet community. To access Public Popplets, simply sign up free for a Popplet account and start creating and sharing your very own popplets.