First Grade

Make Your Ideas Pop!

Global Collaborator


Popplet is a web-based and app-based tool that allows students to mind map their ideas with user-friendly functions. Students can create brainstorming webs easily and collaboratively.

This lesson will take several class periods as students learn how to create the mind map and add text and images. 

Note: The basic account is now limited to one FREE Popplet which can be used over and over. 

Students will:

  • Be able to use Popplet to find images of at least three U.S. symbols and add the image and a brief description to their Popplet.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Symbol: A symbol is an object that represents something else.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • The teacher provides materials for research about U.S. Symbols.

  • The teacher makes sure Popplet is available on devices, either web-based or app based.

  • Watch the video tutorial for information on how to get started with Popplet.

Note: The FREE account only allows you to create one popplet. You can use it over and over again. If students are logging into an account, parental permission is needed. If it is being used without students logging in or adding any identifiable personal information then it would not be needed assuming pictures of students and such were not included in the assignment.

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. The teacher pairs students up to work on their Popplet together.

  2. Have students open and create a new Popplet titled U.S. symbols.

  3. Make sure both students in a pair have access to the Popplet.

  4. Explain to students what a symbol is. Give a brief explanation of how Popplet works.

  5. Talk with students about a well-known U.S. symbol, like the Bald Eagle. Show students how to add an image of the symbol, then model writing two-three facts about that symbol.

  6. Check for understanding before moving to independent practice.

  7. For independent practice, students should find two-three more symbols and repeat the Popplet process.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Assess students on their ability to correctly identify, illustrate, and describe three U.S. symbols.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Global Collaborator
7c. Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:
Popplet Lite iOS


Popplet Tutoral Video


Use Popplet to brainstorm ideas with graphic organizers.

  • Art: Research an artist and add their best work to a Popplet.

  • PE: Make a Popplet of directions on how to skip. Use pictures and words to show the steps.

  • Music: Find different interpretations and covers of a song and include them in one Popplet, illustrating the variation in music.

Connect ideas using mind mapping.

Create flow charts that illustrate the scientific method, or parts of an experiment. For example, plant growth over time.

Create a timeline of an event or person in history.

This task card was created by Lacey Kohn, Kalamazoo RESA, February 2018. Updated October 2023.