Harold and the Purple Crayon Resource Set

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Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Imagine being able to draw an incredible journey for yourself using a purple crayon. Where would your drawings take you? What would you see along the way? This creative story will grab the attention of all readers who love fantastic adventures. Children will have fun retelling and summarizing this engaging story with their friends. Making predictions and wondering about Harold’s vision will engage children in conversations for a deeper understanding of this timeless story.

Teach with Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for -igh letter combination that makes the long “i” sound
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Connections: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Predictions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.6 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Synthesizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    Harold and the Purple Crayon Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Harold and the Purple Crayon

    While children watch Harold as he draws with his crayon, they will want to ask questions about Harold and what he is drawing. Spending time wondering about Harold and his art will give children an opportunity to practice the skill of questioning.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Connections with Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Although Harold’s story is one of fantasy, connections can still be made to the text. Making connections to Harold, to other books and the world will be good practice for children while reading this engaging book.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Predictions with Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Making predictions is fun for children when visiting in a land of fantasy. Almost anything can happen, but thinking about the storyline will support children as they make reasonable predictions.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.6 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3

    Retelling and Summarizing with Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Harold draws quite an adventure for himself with his purple crayon. There are times when he finds himself in trouble, but fortunately, his purple crayon and his imagination help save him. The appealing storyline makes it fun to retell and summarize the interesting events that happen to Harold and his crayon.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Synthesizing with Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Synthesizing information is an important reading comprehension skill for all children to practice. Thinking about Harold and how he feels while he draws will help children understand Harold’s character as he develops through the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Harold and the Purple Crayon Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    Harold and the Purple Crayon Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Harold and the Purple Crayon Word Work - -igh letter combination

    Harold and the Purple Crayon is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about -igh letter combination that makes long "i" sound. Either download the Harold and the Purple Crayon Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    Harold and the Purple Crayon Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Harold and the Purple Crayon, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Harold and the Purple Crayon Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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