How to Talk About Differences in the Classroom
A Teacher Discusses The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf, illustrated by Michael Letzig
by Alexie Basil
In Shane DeRolf’s The Crayon Box That Talked, it’s the colorful differences among the crayons that make the story so special!
Watch as Leni Cohen, a kindergarten teacher at the Anderson School in New York City, discusses how to get the most out of this week’s Dollar Deal with students.
After a class read-aloud, she suggests assigning unique personality traits to each of the story’s crayon characters. This exercise creates backstories students can share to explore what it means to be different—just like the crayons in the book!
Download this activity sheet below to try this same exercise with your own students!
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