Scribble Stones: A Read Aloud Response

One thing that hasn't stopped since we have gone on lockdown is my daily read aloud.  Each day, whether it be live on Zoom or prerecorded using QuickTime and posted to my Google Classroom, I choose a picture book and read it to my students.  
Usually, I just read the book.   Nothing more, nothing less.  But at times, there are picture books I read to my students that lend themselves very well to a fun, quick, and easy response.  One such book is Scribble Stones by Diane Adler.  (this is my affiliate link and will take you to Amazon to purchase the book)  This is a sweet story about how a little rock gains a little color and spreads happiness because of it.  

On the inside dust cover of the book, and a page in the back, it tells how everyone can make their own scribble stone as well.  This got me to thinking.  Making a scribble stone is something fun that my students can do from home during this school closure.  So here is what I did.

I read the book to the students during a Zoom meeting.  I then asked them to go outside to their backyard and find a stone, any stone would do (and if they didn't have a stone, they could use a piece of paper and draw it).  Using crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints, stickers, ANYTHING, the students were to create their own scribble stone.  

On Google Classroom, I posted a blank slide.  Once the scribble stones were finished, the students used the camera tool on Google Slides to insert a picture of what they created.  I asked them to write about why the design was chosen as well.  


And that was it!  The kids got to be creative, have a little fun, and still be connected to our class.

If you want to do this too, here is the slide I gave each of the students to show off their scribble stones.

5 comments

  1. What a great read aloud and fabulous response activity. Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to share this with my students too. I am unable to open the slide attached. Is there another way I could receive the material?

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    1. Try this link https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HrO1c3Ac32sGAE8BGshk92A8nlGfvXTu1V03R2fD-Ww/copy It is the direct link and should be working. Be sure you are signed on to your google account for school.

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  2. I absolutely love this activity!! Thank you so much for sharing! I just ordered the book on Amazon. I was unable to open the slide too. Is there another way to receive it?

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  3. I want to give you the BIGGEST thank you!!! I honestly don't know what I would do without you. I purchased your paragraph of the week and essay of the month years ago from Teachers Pay Teachers and they have been better than great. When we had to quickly gather materials for the kiddos to bring home upon school closure I knew I could give a few paragraph of the weeks home and it would be a familiar comfort for them. Distance Learning is not my thing and you honestly have given me peace with this site. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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    1. You truly have made my day with this comment. THANK YOU! I am so glad that the resources I have made are helpful to you in this time (I know they are working for me, but you never know with others) Thank you for bringing a little sunshine into my day as I wade through these muddy waters right with you. :)

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