Chalk by Bill Thomson

Recommended Grades: 2-5

In this wordless picture book, three children arrive in the park one day to find a bag full of chalk.  Each takes a piece of chalk and draws a picture, which beautifully comes alive in this wonderfully illustrated book.    

Lesson Idea:


Writers Workshop: Share Chalk with your students and discuss the sequencing of the story.  Since there are no words, the author/illustrator must take careful consideration when drawing the story.  The pictures tell the story.  Ask students to create their own wordless picture book paying careful attention to the sequencing of their story.

Model Text/Transition Words:  You can also use the book as a model text.  Use it to model sequencing by writing a sentence for each page using transition words.  Then, have students use a different wordless picture book to practice writing in sequence using transition words.

Other great wordless picture books are Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie de Paola and Wave by Suzy Lee.  

©2011 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

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2 thoughts on “Chalk by Bill Thomson

  1. Carolyn October 30, 2012 / 12:24 AM

    Thanks so much for these ideas for using wordless picture books for Writers’ Workshop. I also like the idea of adding transition words,

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