Origin[ edit ] Dragon Tales is based on the characters created in  by Laguna Beach, California artist and retired educator Ron RodeckerRodecker was recovering from a coronary artery bypass graft when he began sketching dragons as a means of symbolizing forces in life that were too big to control. The project was considered something of a risky venture, because it was not based on a well-known franchise like many children's television programs, such as Arthur or Paddington Bear. The series was originally shopped to PBS member stations in at the suggestion of PBS, but all passed at the time.
The drawings are so simple, yet the story elicits such a large amount of imagination! We talked about what we would draw and how cool it would be to be able to draw in our life whatever it was that we needed.
I have compiled a list of things that we reference, used, wanted to use, etc. Some are straight forward comprehension questions and others rely on the child to think a little bit deeper. What time of day does Harold take his walk? What does Harold draw for himself that he believes he needs?
How many trees are in the forest that Harold draws? What does Harold draw to protect his apple tree? What does Harold draw due to his hand shaking? What does Harold draw to help him in the ocean? What does Harold have to eat for his picnic?
What would you chose for your picnic? Why is Harold so tired? Here are some suggestions of things you can ask your child to write: Write one or more sentences summarizing the story.
Write one or more sentences about why you liked or did not like this story. Pick one or more favorite sentences from the book to copy. She even counted all the windows in the picture!
Write one or more sentences about where or what you would draw if you had a purple crayon. Use a large piece of paper, poster board, white board, butcher paper and a purple crayon.
Have your child either draw what they would have drawn if they were Harold, or have them draw a scene from Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Have your child pick one color and create art with it using multiple mediums. For instance using the color red you could use red paper, paint, crayon, pom poms, pipe cleaners, sparkles, beads, ribbon, markers, felt etc.
Then let their creativity take over and create something using all these same colored items. Another variation of a one color art activity I found online. For further reading and Harold fun: Harold and the Purple Crayon was so popular that he inspired a whole series:Harold and the Purple Crayon Prewriting Tracing Pack Probably my favorite type of activity that I like to create is book themed printable activities.
Today, I am sharing with you a free prewriting and tracing pack with a Harold and the Purple Crayon theme. Use the book, "Harold and the Purple Crayon" to teach your elementary students a fun and creative language arts lesson plan.
Use the book, "Harold and the Purple Crayon" to teach your elementary students a fun and creative language arts lesson plan. Introduce the book, Harold and Purple Crayon by, Independent Activity. Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin Cross Point Road, Edgecomb, Maine () Using the book, Harold and the Purple Crayon as inspiration, students will use paper shapes to stimulate their imaginations to create a unique image.
Objectives: Students will use shapes to stimulate their imaginations and create a unique image. All you will need is a purple crayon and the blank books that I have made for you.
Start your book where Harold left off--back in his room, but now you are going to take his place. Think about where you would like to go and what things might happen to you as you travel through the pages.