I met the fabulous Drew Daywalt at the Red Clover Conference this year (his book The Day the Crayons Quit won the 2015 award) and was able to buy his new book The Day the Crayons Came Home. He even signed it for us!
I decided to read this to my 3rd grade class today and they LOVED it. I find that Daywalt’s books have a humor that appeals more to older kids and adults, so I thought trying it out with 3rd grade would be a good experiment. And it definitely was a success!
In the book, different crayons that have been lost by their young owner write postcards to him, beseeching him to rescue them from under the couch, from the basement, and elsewhere! To complement this, I printed out postcard templates and cut them out and had my class write a postcard to someone in the building. Most of them chose our principal and her dog, but others chose their teacher and one chose their sibling (aww!) Here we are holding the book and our postcards.
Of course, we tweeted our photo to Drew Daywalt (@drewdaywalt) to show him how much we loved his book!
This is a great activity to do with 3rd graders if you have a good 30 minutes. Good luck!