The Day the Crayons Quit Resource Set

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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Students will enjoy reading this highly entertaining book about a pack of disgruntled crayons. While reading a series of letters from each of the crayons students will be able to retell why Red is tired of only coloring fire engines and apples. They’ll work to understand the text structures the author uses to reveal why all of the other colors have complaints, and they’ll ask questions to comprehend how the main character comes up with a colorful solution to his problem with the crayons.

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
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  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Adjectives and Adverbs
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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
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: 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 Inferences: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.4 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 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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    The Day the Crayons Quit Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Day the Crayons Quit

    This is a smart selection for readers who are working to ask questions to deepen their understanding. Readers will naturally wonder and pose questions about each crayon and the complaints they have about coloring.
    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

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with The Day the Crayons Quit

    The Day the Crayons Quit presents a dilemma-- This book and lesson plan are perfect for supporting advanced readers as they learn to determine for themselves what the author’s message really is. Are the crayons reliable? Or does the author have another purpose in mind?
    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 Inferences with The Day the Crayons Quit

    After yellow and orange complain of both being the colors of the sun (and have proof positive to support their argument), readers will have to make inferences about why Duncan uses the colors he does. Readers will practice inferring character emotions using text and pictures clues.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Day the Crayons Quit

    The “letters to Duncan” text structure in The Day the Crayons Quit is excellent practice for readers who are learning to retell and summarize more sophisticated texts. Readers need to distinguish the characters and their arguments to effectively retell and summarize.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Understanding Text Structure with The Day the Crayons Quit

    The Day the Crayons Quit provides readers with an excellent opportunity to look at a persuasive text from each crayon’s different point of view. Readers will see the problem within the structure of the set of letters written to Duncan and find a solution with the last drawing .
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    The Day the Crayons Quit 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.

    The Day the Crayons Quit Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Day the Crayons Quit. 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.

    The Day the Crayons Quit Word Work - Adjectives and Adverbs

    The Day the Crayons Quit offers students the opportunity to name and notice several adjectives and adverbs within the context of the book. Either download the The Day the Crayons Quit Super Pack or this individual Word Work lesson plan and activity 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

    The Day the Crayons Quit Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Day the Crayons Quit, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the The Day the Crayons Quit 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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