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Tikki Tikki Tembo (2nd Grade: Series 1)
Tikki Tikki Tembo (2nd Grade: Series 1)
Tikki Tikki Tembo (2nd Grade: Series 1)
Tikki Tikki Tembo (2nd Grade: Series 1)
Tikki Tikki Tembo (2nd Grade: Series 1)

Tikki Tikki Tembo (2nd Grade: Series 1)

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Tikki Tikki Tembo is the retelling of a Chinese folktale that explains how firstborn children have traditionally received their names. Students learn, after firstborn Tikki Tikki Tembo falls into a well, how to apply design thinking and problem solving strategies to construct a safer well. The module explores Chinese culture and its customs, while engaging students in Asian-inspired kite-building and calligraphy writing. Like with Tikki Tikki Tembo, and other characters from this module, students will reflect on the meaning and uniqueness of their own names.

Before you begin...

Each Artful Reading Module is flexibly designed for a 2-3 week duration. Lessons are marked for Before-, During-, or After-Reading to guide your planning. We have added a sample of a Before Reading lesson entitled Rhythm of the Beat for you to preview. Each lesson is designed in an easy to read format, with standards, materials needed, and step-by-step directions to ensure you are fully prepared when it’s time to deliver. 

This module contains the following lessons:


  • The History of My Name
  • Background Knowledge
  • Rhythm of the Beat
  • Vocabulary Discoveries
  • Retold by…
  • Curious Questioning
  • Folktales and Poetry
  • Design Thinking
  • My Own Chinese Name
  • Connected Texts
  • Family Tree Art

At the end of this module, you will find options for summative writing tasks and optional extension tasks that can stretch the module further.

Standards Matrix

For your reference, we have added images of the literacy standards matrix for this module. 

Key Vocabulary

Well, Stream, Custom, Honorable, Chattering, Troublesome, Heir, Reverence, Bewitched, Rhythm, Steady Beat, Folktale

Note: This module is part of 2nd Grade: Series 1. The four modules in Series 1 collectively address all National ELA and Core Arts Standards.