Article by School News Network–They’ve gone from storybook readers to storytellers, and the often hilarious results mean more kids get to enjoy more crayons going on more adventures. Call them colorful passports to a child’s imagination, from the imaginations of their older peers. About 130 seventh-graders in Dawn Mathews’ Northern Hills Middle School English language arts classes worked in groups to write, edit, and illustrate original storybooks for students in lower grades. Some added Braille, textured images, and video-audio recordings so more students can enjoy them. The books will be made available to district elementary schools.
Titles that middle-schoolers came up with included “The Day the Crayons Went to School,” “The Day the Crayons Got Left at the Airport,” and “The Day the Crayons Made Enemies.”
Evoking the unusual situations found in the original works, Husky versions included a green crayon trapped in a microwave, only to meet an unsurprising fate. A glittery crayon who advised small hands “don’t use me for everything like everyone else does.” And bluebell the crayon, left at the Eiffel Tower and befriended by a No. 2 pencil.
This project touched on Common Core standards including plot lines and figurative language, and developed students’ skills such as collaboration, meeting deadlines, and presenting in front of audiences.
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