Wednesday, February 5, 2014

More Crayons

I'm here, I'm here!! Sorry for the long absence, but I'm in the middle of report cards, and this is such a busy time!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted briefly about a new book I discovered in the Scholastic Book Order - The Day the Crayons Quit. You can view that original post by clicking HERE.
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0399255370/ref=as_li_tf_il?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=0399255370&linkCode=as2&tag=mrsbeatsclas-20
Well, my students are hooked. They have asked me repeatedly to re-read it (especially the letter from Peach Crayon, but I'm not giving anything away!) and I've obliged of course! Naturally, I'm jumping all over their enthusiasm and working this into my language lessons.

We've spent time on letter writing, point of view/perspective, and the writing trait "voice" in some of our writing lessons lately. The kids were asked to think about their own crayon box and choose a crayon color. Their job was to think about that crayon in the context of their own box, consider what it was typically used for, how it would feel, and what it would want from its owner. Next, we shifted our perspectives, wrote letters as the crayons, and created a book-inspired picture to accompany each writing piece.

Here are a couple of early examples of what my students created:
 
 
I think they are super-cute, personally, and my students have been very motivated. I'm already thinking ahead to how I'll approach this slightly differently next year, but I'll certainly use the mentor text again!

If you'd like to use my activity sheets (yep, I drew the crayons in the style of the book!) you can download them here:
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5 comments :

  1. Love that book!! The kids' work is adorable! :-)

    Nichole
    The Craft of Teaching

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    1. Thanks, Nichole! I'm loving this book as well! The kids get such a kick out of it! :)

      Erin

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  2. My kids and I love this book too! An instant classic.
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    Carrie

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  3. This seems like such a cute book! I'll definitely have to check it out :)

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