Audience: Years K-2
Submitted by: Bianca Madden and Rajni Bansal
The resource is based on a children's story The Crayon Box That Talked, by Shane DeRolf. The story deals with the theme of diversity and demonstrates how working harmoniously together can lead to rich possibilities.
Teaching and learning ideas:
1. Read the poem and/or watch the above video and/or read the book to your students.
2. Students draw their portraits on pre-made crayon stencils.
3. Place all the crayons into a giant box of crayons that you can create using construction paper (see photo below).
4. After completing the crayon box, hold a class discussion. Sample questions:
- What similarities can you see when you look at our crayon box?
- What differences do you notice?
- What would the world be like if we were all the same?
- What's nice about having so many different people in our class, people who may be from different countries or speak different languages?
- Imagine yourself in a box of crayons, where no-one looked like you. How would you feel? How would you like the other crayons to treat you?