The Indian in the Cupboard: Lesson 3

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 11933

Can you keep a secret? How in the world do you tell an adult that your toys have come to life? How do you help a toy who is injured by another toy? You will rewrite the story from Little Bear's view!


Literary Studies

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What can you learn from toys? LEARN? You're supposed to PLAY with them, not learn from them!

In the previous Related Lesson, found in the right-hand sidebar, you used your background knowledge to make predictions and began reading The Indian in the Cupboard.

Review the summary you wrote on the sticky note on the last page of Chapter 2. You may have written down that Omri was given a toy Indian from his friend Patrick, an old cupboard, and a key from his great grandmother. When Omri put the Indian in the cupboard and locked the door, the Indian came to life. Omri was surprised to find the plastic toy had come to life and has a history and a name, "Little Bear."

You also made a model of a longhouse. You will refer to this in this lesson so you may want to have the model close by your learning area.

As you read, you may have noticed whose point of view this story is being told from. Point of view is the perspective or viewpoint from which the story is told. This is how an author allows the reader to "see" and "hear" what is happening in the story. Look back at Chapters 1 and 2.

  • Whose point of view is this story told from?

Yes, this story is told from the perspective of Omri.

  • What clues did you use to determine the point of view?

Write down at least three examples from the text that show the story is told from Omri's point of view. Tell your parent or teacher.

The following are some of the clues you may have noticed:

  • Little Bear looks small to Omri.
  • Omri goes to school and you do not get to "see" or "hear" Little Bear during this time.

You will continue to explore the point of view of the characters throughout Chapters 3 and 4 in the Go! section, but for now, continue to the Got It? section to read the next two chapters in The Indian in the Cupboard. As you read, pay close attention to the point of view of the characters.

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