Saturday, September 26, 2015

Honor The Crayons!

The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home are two wonderful books to use to teach students of all ages the importance of cooperation, collaboration, and classroom community!  Help them understand that working together is better!


Hello Friends!

Room #2 is having a party this week and you are invited!  It's Jennifer from Stories and Songs in Second  here as your hostess!  I've got two great story suggestions, a fun collection of complimentary Pinterest ideas, and two FREEBIES to help you!

I hope this post will encourage you to plan your own classroom celebration that spotlights the sassy, colorful, humorous, and very outspoken crayons featured in Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers' playful picture books, The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.



The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home are two wonderful books to use to teach students of all ages the importance of cooperation, collaboration, and classroom community!  Help them understand that working together is better!

Written by Drew Daywalt
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


Both books are perfect mentor texts to use when introducing a letter-writing or persuasive writing unit, and are written and illustrated in a spunky, delightful style that will engage and entertain readers of all ages!  In The Day the Crayons Quit, young Duncan's box of twelve crayons have just had it with each other and their stereotypical roles.

Black is tired of just outlining.

Blue is done coloring oceans.

Yellow and orange are always quarreling about which one of them is the true color of the sun.

Life inside their box is a battlefield, and the disgruntled dozen decides to go on strike!  They write letters to their owner to share their worries and woes, and hilarity ensues!

In the recently published The Day the Crayons Came Home, you'll find that life outside the box has not been all that grand for Duncan's crayons.  Their plan to run away and see the world has backfired, and they've mailed a series of postcards to their owner explaining their whereabouts and the reason he needs to come rescue them.  Each page of the story reveals the hysterical scenarios each crayon has experienced in his or her travels, and will make you laugh out loud.  Grey has had his point bitten off by Duncan's baby brother.  Brown has been eaten by his dog.  Orange and yellow were left by the pool and have melted together in the hot sun.

Pea Green, who has donned a superhero cape and renamed himself "Esteban the Magnificent," sums up his own woeful experience and admits that there is "no place like home" with this simple statement....

Dear Duncan,

I've seen the world.
It's rainy.
I'm coming back.

Esteban the Magnificent

Because the prodigal crayons are worn out, broken, and weary, they won't fit in the original box they once lived in.  Duncan then decides to construct a new home for his creative friends out of a variety of boxes, making sure to meet each color's unique needs and adaptations.   He makes a special space where they can all co-exist together peacefully and happily,  Imagine what wonderful "Crayon Forts" your students could design and build using their own ingenuity, shoeboxes, cereal boxes, and a whole lot of glue and tape !?!?!!  Talk about a great exercise in teamwork and problem-solving!



The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home are two wonderful books to use to teach students of all ages the importance of cooperation, collaboration, and classroom community!  Help them understand that working together is better!


You'll find more wonderful ways to enrich and extend your crayon-themed learning activities here....

 

I've also created this FREE pack of writing templates that your students might enjoy using to write their own crayon postcards and letters! Thanks in advance for leaving thoughtful feedback!  It is truly appreciated!


The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home are two wonderful books to use to teach students of all ages the importance of cooperation, collaboration, and classroom community!  Help them understand that working together is better!



The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home are two wonderful books to use to teach students of all ages the importance of cooperation, collaboration, and classroom community!  Help them understand that working together is better!


Download this resource from TpT {HERE}!


While you are browsing through my store, be sure to check out this
fun booklet that compliments The Crayon Box That Talked!
Click {HERE} to download!


The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home are two wonderful books to use to teach students of all ages the importance of cooperation, collaboration, and classroom community!  Help them understand that working together is better!



The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home are two wonderful books to use to teach students of all ages the importance of cooperation, collaboration, and classroom community!  Help them understand that working together is better!


Be sure to follow me on PINTEREST for more creative ideas for your classroom!

As always, thanks for allowing me to share my story! Stay creative, and be sure to honor your own unique and colorful talents!


The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home are two wonderful books to use to teach students of all ages the importance of cooperation, collaboration, and classroom community!  Help them understand that working together is better!



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