Disclaimer: This activity was the awesome idea of my teaching partner. I just took the pictures and wrote the blog post.
The Day the Crayons Quit is a fun book to read with kids. It’s funny and gives a different point of view than the usual children’s book. The crayons are writing letters to their owner, and they are telling their side of the story! We read the book with our students, then we had students write their own letters to themselves from the crayons.
We used the paper from my Letter Writing Pack, and students had to pick a crayon from a pack of 96 (they have some awesome names on them that the students used when writing).
Then students wrote their letters in pencil (it’s a lot easier to fix mistakes in pencil!) and then traced over their words in the crayon they picked. They then used the crayon to color a picture to match their writing.
We then put their writing and their picture side-by-side on a large piece of construction paper and hot glued the crayon to their picture.
They look so great altogether and this activity was a awesome way to work on letter writing conventions, writing from a different point of view and their creative writing skills.
If you would like to use the letter writing paper, you can get it from my Teachers pay Teachers store. It has some ideas for writing letters and a poster to help students remember all the different elements of letter writing:
What’s your favourite book to spark students’ imagination when writing?