Creepy Crayons Activities and Lesson Ideas
Jasper Rabbit is back with more creepy fun! This time, Jasper is having trouble with a creepy crayon! This book is the third book in Aaron Reynolds’s creepy series. If your class loved Creepy Carrots or A Creepy Pair of Underwear, I am confident your students will find a new favorite book with one.
Here is a summary of the book from Amazon ( affiliate link ):
“Jasper Rabbit has a problem: he is NOT doing well in school. His spelling tests? Disasters. His math quizzes? Frightening to behold. But one day, he finds a crayon lying in the gutter. Purple. Pointy. Perfect. Somehow…it looked happy to see him. And it wants to help.
At first, Jasper is excited. Everything is going great. His spelling is fantastic. His math is stupendous. And best of all, he doesn’t have to do ANY work! But then the crayon starts acting weird. It’s everywhere, and it wants to do everything. And Jasper must find a way to get rid of it before it takes over his life. The only problem? The creepy crayon will not leave.”
Creepy Crayon Reading Comprehension Activities
When I heard this book was coming out, I pre-ordered the book… then waited by the mailbox for it to arrive. Aaron Reynolds did not disappoint!
What is the moral of Creepy Crayon?
Jasper Rabbit learns that doing your own work and earning your own grades are better because they are your own! Even if you don’t get the highest grades.
This a great book with an important author’s message. Student discussions about honesty, working hard, and integrity are easy for students to connect with.
#1 Creepy Crayon Visualization Activity
As you know, with interactive read aloud lessons, the teacher does the decoding work while the students do the thinking work. This is a fun book to practice visualization!
Here is the writing prompt: Listen to how the author described the creepy crayon on pages 3 and 4. Draw your mental image. What do you picture in your mind?
We will be looking for responses that reflect the way the crayon was described in the book:
“It was purple. Pointy. And Perfect. And somehow… it looked happy to see him.”
#2 Creepy Crayon Text Details and Story Sequencing
With almost every book, we ask students to retell the story in order. Students work together to sequence the events with a group chart. This can also be completed in a pocket chart.
Once the chart is completed, students turn and talk to their reading partner and practice retelling the story. This is such a great way to not only drive up student engagement but also practice their oral language. The growth that happens during this partner work leads to significant gains in their own reading comprehension once they are doing the decoding.
#3 Creepy Crayon Inferring Activity
In this set of listening and discussion activities, the young students are asked to discuss how Jasper felt about getting all A pluses. They are also asked to explain their thinking. Again, students do most of this work with their partner sharing talk. But you can also see the writing response for insights into student thinking.
#5 Creepy Crayon Opinion Writing Activity
Often times, we ask students to describe their favorite part of the story. However, with this book, we decided on this discussion and writing prompt:
Do you think Jasper was right to get rid of the crayon? Give reasons to support your answer.
#6 Creepy Crayon Activities – Vocabulary Study
Each week, we select two tier-2 vocabulary words to discuss and expand upon. We add them to our ever-growing vocabulary chart. We define the word, find synonyms and antonyms, and use the word in a sentence. Then we ask students to “make it stick” and use the words from this lesson throughout the week and month.
Each time the word is used, we color in a bubble!
Fall Poem for October or November
This is a fun poem to use in your kindergarten or first grade classroom. It is perfect for fall, harvest festivals, or Halloween carnivals! Students love to sing it and add the poem to their poetry notebook.
You can find this poem in this set of activities:
Halloween Decodable Book
Here is another activity that would work great for Halloween week! Ths decodable book is interactive so students attach the images to the correct page.
Halloween and Fall Math and Literacy Center Activities
Here are a few other math and literacy activities that would fit perfectly into your classroom schedule. Click on the images to find the activity.
Fall Fluency Center for Letters and High-Frequency Words
This is an editable game so you can customize the activities to fit your own students’ needs.
Halloween Digital Math and Literacy Activities
These activities have been preloaded to Seesaw and Google Classroom ready! Each theme has over 20 tasks so they will last you all week (or even 2 weeks)
Free Creepy Crayon Activities Lesson Plan Template
If you would like to download a copy of this editable lesson plan template, simply click on the image below.