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Mrs. Silverman's Second Grade Class
Clinton Avenue Elementary School
Port Jefferson Station, New York


Our class read Jemima Puddle Duck and The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.  Both of these stories have lessons to be learned.  We decided to write our own stories with morals.  Let's see if you can guess the morals of these stories.  They are written in mystery ink so you need to click and drag your mouse after you guessed the moral.

The Tale of The Little Bunny
by Nicole S. and Megan C.

Once upon a time there was a bunny named Blossom.  She was ready to go on a walk.  Here sister stopped her and said, "Don't go to the drug store."  "OK," said Blossom.  Blossom walked to the drug store.   She met a fox there. "Hello,"  said Blossom.   "Hello, said the fox.  I will give you some candy if you like," said the fox.  But the candy was really pills.  "OK," said Blossom.  "Great," said the fox.  "I will eat them right now," said Blossom.  So Blossom ate them.  "This is not very tasty," said Blossom.  And she fainted.  Her sister saw all of this.   She ran over and yelled "What happened!"  The ambulance came.   They brought her to the hospital.  They found out that she was dead.  And they found out that she died from pills.
The moral of this story is: Don't take food from strangers.

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Little Rabbit Out of the House
by Joey

Once upon a time there was a little rabbit.  The rabbit was named Fuzz.  He was a funny rabbit and he liked wandering around.  Fuzz wanted to wander around a lot but his mom didn't let him out.  So he snuck out of the house and he was free.  But he saw a cat looking at him.  The rabbit jumped and ran as fast as he could!  The cat ran after him.  Fuzz hid under a bush.  When the cat wasn't looking the rabbit sneaked out of the bush and got home safely.  His mother was very mad at him.  She was so mad at him that she punished him.  Fuzz wasn't allowed to go outside for a few days.  I think Fuzz really learned a lesson!
The moral of this story is: Listen to Your Parents!

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The Fox That Steals
by Sarah

This story takes place at Carrot's house.  It all happened on a Sunday.  It was a sunny day.  Carrot wanted to sell diamonds.  He set up his store.  He waited and waited.  Finally someone came.  It was Pointy Long Ears.  Pointy Long Ears was very sly.  Pointy Long Ears said, "Can I meet your brother?"  Carrot said, "Yes, of course."  Carrots went back into the house to get his brother.  Meanwhile, Pointy Long Ears got a bag from his car.  He took the bag and put all of the diamonds into the bag and put the bag into his car.  Then Carrots came back out and said, "You're going to jail."   I saw what you did.  I just got the job of a policeman.
The moral of this story is: Don't Steal!

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Fluffy is Lost
by Amanda

This story takes place in the jungle.  Once there was a little rabbit called Fluffy.  He was lost.  So he thought he should go to the jungle.  He asked a leopard that was a stranger by the name of Pluto for directions to Elm Street.  But Pluto ignored Fluffy.  Pluto just said to go to the bear cave.  So Fluffy did exactly what he said.  But all of a sudden, a bear jumped out and ate Fluffy.  At first he thought he was in Elm Street.  But he was really in the bear's stomach.  He was struggling so hard.  But no matter how hard he tried he couldn't get out.  So he thought and thought.  But no matter how much he thought he just said, "That won't work either."  He was so sad.   Then he said, "I wish I didn't come to the jungle to ask directions."   Every day when he was in the bear's stomach there was more and more food coming in.   He was very grossed out.
The moral of the story is: Don't Talk to Strangers!

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The Fox That Told the Rabbit to Smoke
by Nicole K. and Danielle

This story takes place at a college called Forest Wood College.   There was a rabbit named Snowflakes and a sly fox named Long Whiskers.  In the middle of college at lunch Long Whiskers told Snowflakes to smoke when nobody was looking at them.  Snowflakes said, "Okay, I guess!"  Long Whiskers told Snowflakes to meet him at the little kids playground when nobody was there.  When Snowflakes got there he saw Long Whiskers.  Long Whiskers had cigarettes in his pocket.  Then Long Whiskers gave Snowflakes a cigarette.  Snowflakes didn't like it and dropped it on the ground.  Long Whiskers said, "What are you doing bunnny? You aren't scared, are you?"  Long Whiskers then called Snowflakes a chicken.  "No, I'm not," said Snowflakes.  I just don't want to smoke.   I'm afraid I'm going to get sick!  Besides, it's bad to use drugs."   "Ok,  said Long Whiskers, I guess you're just a chicken!"  Then Long Whiskers got sick and went to the hospital.  He passed away. 
The moral of this story is: Don't Smoke!

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Bad Bunny
by Chris

Once there were three bunnies.  Their names are Susan, Chris and Peter.  Peter is the bad one.  He never listens to his mom.  When their mom came out she said, "Don't go into the man's garden."  But Peter did not listen.  When the man was planting Peter ate some carrots and radishes.  After that the man saw Peter.  He ran after Peter but he went too fast for the man.   Peter went so fast that the man could not see him.  He tried to find the fence.  After a long time he found the fence.  He ran back home.  Peter had no dinner but Chris and Susan had blackberries. 
The moral of the story is: Listen To Your Parents!

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This lesson covers New York Standard 3-Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation

Listening and Reading

Listening and reading to analyze and evaluate experiences, ideas, information, and issures requires using evaluative criteria from a variety of perspectives and recoginzing the difference in evaluations based on different sets of criteria.

Performance Indicator

recognize that the criteria that one uses to analyze and evaluate anything depend on one's point of view and purpose for the analysis


We read several of Beatrix Potter's books and discussed the moral of each story.    The students were given an assignment of writing their own stories with a moral.  Each child read their story to the rest of the class.  The students had to be able to easily determine the moral of the story.  If this wasn't possible, the writer had to revise the story in order to achieve this objective.