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Harold and the Purple Crayon Activities and Lesson Plans

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Harold and the Purple Crayon will love this post. It includes helpful information about the book and resource recommendations.

With a theme of problem solving, this Harold and the Purple Crayon picture book by Crockett Johnson is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will quickly become one of your and your students’ favorites!

Engage Your Students with Harold and the Purple Crayon Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Harold and the Purple Crayon.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Harold and the Purple Crayon reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON SUMMARY

One night, Harold decided he would go for a walk into the moonlight. However, there wasn’t a moon to give off light, so Harold drew one. He set off on his walk drawing his setting as he went. Harold ended up in a forest with an apple tree. He drew a dragon to guard the apples, but ended up getting scared and found himself in water over his head. Thankfully, Harold was able to draw a sailboat. The sailboat took him to a beach where he had a picnic with some friends. 

 

After, Harold wanted to see where he was so he drew a tall mountain, hoping he could see his window. But when he falls off the mountain, Harold must draw a hot air balloon to catch himself. He lands and keeps looking for his window. Eventually he has created a whole city full of buildings with windows, but he still does not know where he is. Looking up at the moon, Harold remembers that the moon was always around his window! He is able to draw his window and his bed, and fall asleep. 

 

Students will love following Harold on his evening adventure and watching the different illustrations he makes. 

HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON LESSON PLAN IDEAS

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We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Harold and the Purple Crayon reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • visualizing 
  • analyzing illustrations
  • sequencing
  • cause and effect

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • problem solving

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • nouns
  • verb tense
  • adjectives
  • compound words

HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Harold and the Purple Crayon book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Harold and the Purple Crayon?

  • Lexile® Measure: 490L
  • Guided Reading Level: K
  • DRA Level: 16 – 18
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.6

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Crockett Johnson.

What genre is Harold and the Purple Crayon?

It is an adventure and classics book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 64 pages long.

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