Red: A Crayon’s Story Activities: Literature Unit Companion


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Delivery Method: Instant Digital Download 

Pages: 40 PDF pages + Google Slides


Red: A Crayon’s Story Activities:

This picture book, Red: A Crayon’s Story, by Michael Hall is perfect for teaching students about acceptance, compassion, empowerment, friendship, and celebrating who they are!

Red is a crayon that is expected to create red things. With help from his friends and family, he continues to try and try but can’t seem to get it right. One day, a new friend asks him to create an ocean, and he experiences success for the first time in his life (because he realizes he is actually blue on the inside)!

Though the message in this story is applicable for many ages, this product was created specifically for 2nd-6th grade. Please check the preview to determine the appropriateness for your own class of students.

This story can apply to students in so many different ways, but I chose to focus on this list of topics:

  • 14 discussion questions in list form and in task card form (some are text-dependent and some are designed as reflection questions)
  • An optional answer sheet for the 14 discussion questions
  • A self-acceptance printable
  • A peer pressure printable
  • A writing prompt with an optional back page
  • You are a STAR (write positive things about one of your classmates)
  • A printable about labels given to people (positive labels and negative labels)
  • 5 full color posters with inspirational quotes that applicable to the story (all 5 posters are also available in black-and-white)
  • 5 printables that correspond to the quotes (each printable asks students how they can apply the quotes to their own lives)
  • Terms of use


This product includes a digital option (as well as the no prep printable option). The instructions for utilizing the digital portion appear at the end of the packet.

If you have questions about the content of this product, please ask before your purchase, as I am happy to help you decide if this product is right for your needs.

This file contains 40 PDF pages + Google Slides™.

57 reviews for Red: A Crayon’s Story Activities: Literature Unit Companion

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  2. Jennifer G

    Looking forward to using this

  3. Miss Gins 

    Perfect to go along with the book! Thanks!

  4. Celeste U

    Thank you for a great resource for the book.

  5. Katelyn F

    The book is great and this resource to go along with it is also great! The kids enjoyed it!

  6. Wiley Teaching 


  7. Paula B

    Perfect! I loved how adaptable it was to all the grade levels I work with.

  8. Kristen Price 

    Compliments the story really well. Thanks.

  9. Shannyn Brinker 

    Great resource!! My student’s have really enjoyed it!

  10. Teach Me In Grade 3 

    Love this! Thank you!

  11. Jamie S

    This was amazing. My kids loved this!

  12. The Chamomile Teacher 


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  14. Melissa Cashman 

    Loved this! I used some of the activities during a demo lesson and got the job right after!

  15. JoAnn E

    Cannot wait to do this with my kids in September!

  16. Hugs and Bubbles 

    I love all of the sayings that have been incorporated into the reflective writing prompts. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful tool!!!

  17. Iria Reyes 

    Excellent resource to get the most out of this amazing book.

  18. AMY H

    Perfect, just what I needed!

  19. Kelly S

    Exactly what I was looking for, thank you!

  20. Shan Koteck 

    I am so pleased with this package to accompany my read-aloud. We are talking about bullying and acceptance and this package fits perfectly with those topics. Thank you!

  21. Leann T

    Excellent complement to the book!

  22. Katie G


  23. Whtiney G

    This is great!

  24. sherri E

    Great resource to use with the book!

  25. Laura O

    Great Resource!

  26. Bianca Montgomery 

    This activity helped with the understanding of story maps.

  27. Bianca Montgomery 

    This activity helped with the understanding of story maps.

  28. Tracey H

    Great resource. Thank you!

  29. Mara P

    Great character education story – lots of art activities and extensions to go along with it!

  30. Mara P

    Great character education story – lots of art activities and extensions to go along with it!

  31. Hailie C

    Great product!

  32. Shannon T

    Great resource to accompany the book!

  33. niki K

    This was a great resource to discuss respect, acceptance, kindness and being unique.

  34. Matthew Andrews 

    A+! I love this story and product. Every classroom needs the story of Red.

  35. Barbara Dean 

    Great resource

  36. Jacquie O

    Loved this book and what a great activity to go with it.

  37. Kelsey R

    Love this!

  38. Jessica H

    Great resource

  39. Carissa Blackwood 

    Love the activities in this resource, and also love the printable posters that come with it.

  40. Amber W

    Great beginning of the year activity!

  41. Michelle A

    Can’t wait to use this

  42. Andrea E

    thank you

  43. Daniel B

    Fantastic for building a family atmosphere!

  44. Daniel Bird 

    Love this resource! Goes great for the story. Wonderful for Sub plans

  45. Maddie M

    such a great resource for my room!

  46. Krista Tardiff 

    This was a great resource! Thank you!

  47. Colleen Carroll 

    Great resource! The questions lead to a great classroom discussion. I also loved the printable quotes! Thank you!

  48. Shellwell 

    This packet supports in-depth class discussions. I highly recommend it for enriching the sharing of this book.

  49. lorinda S

    This is a perfect story to add to our affective ed curriculum. Using this year with small groups learning on line.

  50. Jessica M

    The acceptance and peer pressure resources are appreciated.

  51. Derek Witmer 

    Love this resource! used it with my virtual students. Engaging, informative, and useful for years to come!

  52. Ronda T

    I used this along with the book and found it very helpful. I would definitely recommend it!

  53. Danielle H

    Perfect for our Pride week! Thank you so much.

  54. Leslie’s Learning Laneway 

    Excellent resource, thank you! Very engaging for the students!

  55. Rebecca B

    This was great for teaching my students about the story RED in the classroom. We loved it!

  56. Maria R 

    Great resource!

  57. Lynn Robbins 

    Great resource. Complies with NC standards.

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