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The Day the Crayons Quit



Verbs and adverbs - highlight the verb/adverbs in a sentence, then write your own using both.

See Verbs & Adverbs PowerPoint Slides

The Day the Crayons Quit - By Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

*Watch only as far as the black crayon!*

Discuss the theme of the story and the format it is in—letter writing. Discuss the examples of what each colour is used for as given in the book —red = fire engine, apples, strawberries etc.

Think of your favourite colour—what is it used for?

Write descriptive sentences using your favourite colour.

E.g. I am a green crayon. I am as bright as Jack’s beanstalk. I am a leaf growing from a bush in Springtime. I am the colour of forests. I am a frog camouflaging myself in a rain forest.




Using the conjunction ‘but’ - add ‘but’ to join two sentences together, match the correct sentences and then write sentences using ‘but’

See Document—Conjunctions



The Day the Crayons Quit - By Oliver Jeffers

*Watch all the way to the end this time.*


Discuss in detail the argument between the orange and yellow crayons – why are they arguing?

Discuss what could be done to solve this problem.

Write a letter (from Duncan) to the yellow and orange crayons to solve their dispute.

Challenge yourself to use conjunctions and noun-phrases in your letter.


See Letter writing example—Yellow and Orange

Yellow & Orange Letter



Using suffixes -  er / est - underline the suffix, then use these suffixes to write your own sentences.

See Document—Suffixes

er est suffixes

Duncan has now written a letter to you!

When tipping out his crayons for his next colouring adventure, he noticed a new crayon hiding at the  bottom. He has tried to persuade the crayon to come out but it is too scared. Can you write the new crayon a letter to make him feel better so he will come out?


See Letter writing example—New Crayon

New Crayon Letter



Common exception words - correct the spelling errors of the Common Exception Words in a passage of text, then write your own sentences using Common Exception Words of your choice. 

See—Mr Whoops

Mr. Whoops!

The day the crayons quit.

Create your own brand new crayon (rainbow / glittery) or an unusual colour (indigo / turquoise)

and draw it.

Next, describe what the crayon could be used to draw and the wonderful things it could create.


See Mr Webb’s example!

Mr Webb's silvery-gold crayon



Using suffixes - ful / ment / ness / less - underline the suffix, then write these words in a sentence.

See—ful, less & ment, ness documents.


ful, less suffixes

ment, ness suffixes

The day the crayons quit.

Using your brand new crayon creation - write a story about his or her adventures.

What will it draw or create?

Will your crayon meet any other coloured crayons?


See Mr Webb’s example story : )

Mr Webb's Crayon Story

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