2nd Grade Lesson Plan for:

Scribble and Ink: Out of the Box

by Ethan Long 


Lesson plan created by Bitsy Galaska, Librarian

Robeson Elementary Center


Common Core Standards

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7

Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7

Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.



Students listen to story and watch Ethan Long video, FARM FORCE, to discuss character development.



Tell students about Ethan Long, author and/or illustrator of over 65 children’s books (go to http://www.ethanlong.com). He drew pictures from a very young age and grew up to be a highly successful author, writer AND….television cartoon character developer.  Yep, Ethan creates TV shows for Disney Junior and Nickelodeon.  Today we are going to read one of his stories and talk about character development.


Read the book, “Scribble and Ink Out of the Box”



•    After book ask students if they understand what it means to “think outside the box.”  Have discussion and

    guide students to correct answer.

•    Ethan also created a TV cartoon series which involves some very different characters…or stars of the show.

•    Let’s take a look at the video and talk about the characters and their very unusual character traits.

•    https://vimeo.com/81509502

•    After viewing the show, ask students to describe each of the characters. Write down the information on easel.

Guided Instruction

Write the characters on the board ask students to describe the characters’ traits, what makes them unusual.  

Some examples:

•    Cow-suffers from “mad cow” disease, evil, wants to take over    

•    Chicken-bossy, lays eggs with unusual things inside…vacuum, radio

•    Pig-super strong, not so smart

•    Fish-Ninja, speaks with Asian accent

What do the chicken, pig and fish have in common?  ALL ARE SUPER HEROES.

Do you think Ethan was “thinking outside the box” when he came up with some of the traits of these characters?  Did he come up with characters who did unusual things?  Is it more interesting to you that he came up with odd characters than the same old, everyday things?


Materials Needed

Dry erase boards, Markers, Paper towels


Individual Instruction

•    Write animals on 3 x 5 cards, place in box

•    Have students pick an animal name from the box

•    Students create a name and one character trait that their animal does

•    Students write their character name and trait on dry erase board to share with the class

•    Model one animal for them