Let's admit it we've all picked up or received a book and have wondered how on earth we could use it in the classroom. At Christmas our little one received this beauty "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt from her Aunt. Of course, right away we had to read it. Then we read it again, and again, and well again, I think you are starting to see where I am going with this. It quickly became a household favourite not just with her, but with us as well.
The message is great for a classroom setting. It teaches us that we all need to get along even if we aren't exactly thrilled with what's going on. As each crayon writes a poignant letter to their owner Duncan they explain their point of view and beg him to unleash their beautiful colours onto the pages he's working on. This book has multiple uses no matter what grade your in as Jeff experienced this past year when he took it in with him for both his Kindergarten kids and with his Grade 4's.
In Kindergarten, a few of the classes that Jeff visited where discussing cooperation and also primary colours. He used the book as a fun story to read and also for a chance to explore colours through a funny story. The kids got the message has his office wall was quickly decorated with colourful pictures they would be drawn over the following week.
With his Grade 4's he tied it into a final assessment piece for the Rocks and Minerals unit he was teaching. He read the book to the class and then handed out their final assessment piece. They were given the choice to create sports trading cards of rocks and minerals OR to create their own version of the book. He got many different responses as you can see from the pictures below. If you are interested in the assessment you can find it here on our Teachers Pay Teachers site with the rubric to match.
|Some of the different cards with book|