Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Book Synopsis: A boy creates a world using just a purple crayon and imagination.
Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)
Predicting, (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K) Problem and Solution,(2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E) Visualizing
Creating the Costume: Take one white shirt and purple fabric paint and you can create the “Terribly Frightening Dragon” on the front and the window and moon from Harold’s room on the back. Add a baby doll and a purple crayon created from a purple sock and you’ve got the costume.
Delivery: I usually am able to easily get my students to make logical predictions, but this year I wanted to also help them see that making and confirming predictions is a metacognitive skill and that they need to do more than just make a prediction, but be asking themselves as they read and listen to stories to see if their predictions are coming true. This book works well for this type of lesson.