This activity focuses on being an individual and reminds students that it is okay to be different.
- The Black Crayon flannel board story (pdf)
- The Crayon Box That
Talked, written by Shane Derolf and Michael Letzig
- Crayons (separate
blacks from the rest of
- Paper (two sheets per
- Its Okay to Be Different, by Todd Parr; ISBN 0316666033
- The Feelings Book, by Todd Parr; ISBN 0316691313
- My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss; ISBN 067989344X
- Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Days, by Jamie
Lee Curtis; ISBN 0694013439
- Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson;
Background for Teachers
This activity focuses on being an individual and reminds students that
it is okay to be different. Differences such as skin color, eye color, hair
color, emotions, families, etc., will be discussed.
Intended Learning Outcomes
3. Demonstrate responsible emotional and cognitive behaviors.
Invitation to Learn
Place empty crayon boxes on the tables with only the black crayons
left for students to draw with.
- Have students draw a colorful picture with only the black
- Talk about how our world would be if we only had a black
- How would our world be if we all looked alike?
- Invite students to the reading area and read The Black Crayon flannel board story (pdf) .
- Talk about how even the black crayon is important and so are
we in different ways.
- Read The Crayon Box That Talked.
- Talk about how each crayon is important even though they look
different. Apply the concept to the class.
- Invite students back to their seats and have them draw another
picture with all the crayons.
Graph favorite colors.
Match colors to emotions and various faces.
Probability—Put crayons in a bag, pull one out at a time, graph.
- Invite the family to sit down and draw pictures together using a variety of colors.
- Talk about the different emotions that we have.
Ask questions about how we can learn from these stories.