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Level: Primary, Junior
Grades: K-5 | Age: 5-11 | Written by: Eileen Urbanski
[Eileen a teacher at Avon Village Elementary School, in Avon OH]

Inspired by the book "The Crayon Box That Talked" this lesson will show children that when we all work together, the results are much more interesting and colorful.

I just finished a lesson in honor of Martin Luther King Day that I found to be one of the best of my 6 year teaching career. This truly is a great lesson I'd love to share!

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Read the poem "The Crayon Box That Talked" to your students. It is about the different colors getting along and liking each other. See below or click on link to purchase the book.
  2. Then, children draw their portraits on a die-cut crayon pattern.
  3. Place all the crayons into a giant box of crayons that you can create using construction paper (see photo).


Click here to view a Power Point of this lesson plan (complete with poem).

Click here to find the poem: The Crayon Box That Talked (pdf).

Click here for a fantastic video presentation of the poem: The Crayon Box That Talked.

THE CRAYON BOX THAT TALKED from tim webb on Vimeo.

Extra Poem to Hand Out to Students

Wouldn't it be terrible? Wouldn't it be sad?
If just one single color was the color that we had?
If everything was purple? Or red? Or blue? Or green?
If yellow, pink, or orange was all that could be seen?
Can you imagine just how dull the world would be
If just one single color was all we got to see?

Recommended Books/Products:

The Crayon Box That Talked
by: Shane DeRolf
In Shane DeRolf's deceptively simple poem, a child's box of crayons conveys the sublimely simple message that when we all work together, the results are much more interesting and colorful.

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