Sunday, June 9, 2013

Chapter 2: Drawing and Writing Book... plus My Crayons Talk...

Two Words: HOLY CRUD! I am in love with this chapter. The lessons, the modeling, the dialogue.. Can it be August so I can teach writing? Wait. Did I just say that? I never thought that I'd love to teach writing or look forward to it. But this book (in only 2 chapters) has made me do that!!

There are so many great things about this awesome, awesome chapter! I really love the very first lesson that they give where they introduce the drawing and writing books. Its just the best lesson to follow. I plan on using it when I start with my new group of littles in the fall. PLUS I will be making sure to create an anchor chart at the beginning of the year as we tell stories so we have a list of topics that we can write and draw about through out the year. The past two years it's been something as a refresher lesson that I've done in the middle of the year. (Mental note: check!)

The other day I posted about going to the library with my littles. One of my favorite choices... one of the random grabs off the shelf as I passed by ;).... was one this cute little colors book called My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard. Adorable!

Book title: My Crayons Talk
Author: Patricia Hubbard


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Instructional Uses: Colors, Rhyming, Creative Writing

On each page there is an adorable and quick poem that would be perfect for having students pick out each set of rhyming words (i.e. gum-yum, play-day). They are straight forward rhymes which I love! Last year I found really great (And adorable) resources on the web but they used words that my students were not familiar with like yam. What Kindergartener knows yam?

Freebie time:

I plan on using this book as a challenge to my students to draw and tell a story using only 1 color. Now, I had a student last year that used 1 color all year.. drove me nuts! After training my students to do a great job with details, this will be an activity for several months into the school year. Click the picture to grab this excellent freebie.

How great?! I would love it to leave a comment if you grab the freebie. It totally makes my day if I get a comment or two!


  1. I love that book! Thanks for the great ideas to use with it. I used to have a cassette tape to go with the book that was awesome, but the tape player ate it!

    1. I'll blog about it later this week (just for you) but I discovered a way to make your own recordings for listening centers. It's awesome!

  2. I'm glad to know you are enjoying this book! Me too!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

    1. I'm so glad you are! It's been an awesome book so far!

  3. I just started reading it! SOOOO gald I found you! wendy

    1. So glad that you're here! I would love it if you linked up with our party!