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Community Meeting

Hey, Hey!


  • Drawing paper (enough for two sheets per student)
  • One teacher box of crayons
  • Student boxes of crayons
  • The Crayon Box That Talked  by Shane Derolf and Michael Letzig (book)
The Crayon Box Talked by Shane Derolf

Greeting Objective

The learners will greet each other by asking who will show respect.


  • Students sit in a circle.
  • One student will begin by greeting the person to their right.

Use the following format:

Andrew: “Hey, Hey what do you say? Who’s (shrug your shoulders) going to show respect today?”

Caleb: “Hey, hey this is what I say. I’m (pointing to self) going to show respect today!”

  • Repeat until all students have been greeted.

We’re Different Like a Box of Crayons

Note: Students should be exposed to Brown Bear, Brown Bear prior to this meeting.

Engagement Objective

The learners will learn about respecting others despite their differences by reading The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf and Michael Letzig and doing a corresponding activity. (Depending on amount of time, this may take two meetings.)

Directions (Part 1)

  • Do the activity BEFORE reading the book.
  • Give students one piece of drawing paper and one crayon from the “teacher’s box.”
  • Direct students to draw a picture using only this one crayon.
  • After a short time, collect the pictures and hand out the second sheet of drawing paper.
  • Have students get out their own “crayons” and draw the same picture using as many colors as they wish.
  • Debrief asking questions such as:
  • Which picture was more fun to draw?
  • Why did you choose this picture?

Directions (Part 2)

  • Read the book, The Crayon Box That Talked
  • The teacher will explain the definition of kindness: Kindness – “Treating all living things gently with care and compassion.”
  • After reading the book, debrief asking questions such as:
  • How did the crayons act toward each other?
  • Was this a good way to act?
  • When they worked together, was the picture MUCH more interesting?
  • Think about our classroom. If we all looked and acted the same, would our class be as interesting?
  • Conclude by discussing how we are all different, which makes life more exciting. As well as we all have some thing to add to our team
           (class). Then challenge the students to respect how we are different and work together despite those differences.


End your community meeting by informing your students about the schedule of the day.

Family Connection

Send home directions for the “We’re Different Like a Box of Crayons” activity. Encourage families to discuss how each person in the family is different and how their differences make their family unique. (If sharing the book, alternate nights to take home.)

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ASCA: Grade K, PS:A1.1 Develop positive attitudes toward self as a unique and worthy person.

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