The Day The Crayons Quit

I discovered the CUTEST book in this month's Scholastic book order... The Day The Crayons Quit.
If you haven't read it, you absolutely must! It is the story of a boy named Duncan who opens his box of crayons to find a stack of letters addressed to him. Each letter has been written by a different crayon, each with a grievance or celebration of some sort. The issues range from being overworked to overlooked to under-dressed! You can find an online reading of it here:
Now that we've read it I'm trying to figure out what to do next. There are SO many possibilities! I'm not sure whether I'll have my kiddos write a letter as their favorite crayon or write a response from Duncan, or whether I'll give them their choice of the two. As a former fifth grade teacher, I'm thinking as well about how I'd use this as a mentor text when studying the trait of voice in writing. Each crayon has such a strong, unique voice that is so much fun. My students laughed out loud when I read to them! There are countless art connections as well!! Love it!!

I'd love to hear your ideas for using this book as writing or art inspiration in the classroom!


  1. Wow! What an awesome blog! I just stumbled upon it through Pinterest yesterday. I love that you have so many unique, creative ideas! I think I'm going to make a Swiper for my classroom...too fun! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Heeren's Happenings

    1. I am SO glad you found me, Jessica! Your blog is adorable as well! I'm your newest follower!


  2. I'm a student teacher and next week I've been asked to teach 5 literacy lessons to my Year 2 class (ages 6-7) focussed on 1 book and I was looking to use this book!
    I wondered if you could help me though as I'm struggling to find 5 activities to do for Literacy? So far I have:
    - To consider the feelings of others and to undergo role-play where the children explain why they're feeling sad to their partner and their partner responds with what they're going to do to help them/make them feel better.
    - Opinion writing - the children pick a colour that they want to use and a colour that they don't want to use and with this they write a piece where they explain why they want to use this colour over the other colour, focussing on a balanced argument.
    - Writing a letter from Duncan. I was going to do this as the first lesson so that I can do it before the book has finished. This way they don't know what Duncan really decides to do and gives the children more of an opportunity to explore alternative endings.
    - To create a poster titled "I QUIT!" where one of the crayons lists their reasons for quitting and what they want to change

    And now I'm struggling for my 5th lesson....

    Please help! I'm 19 and I'm pretty inexperienced as I'm in my first year of training!

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