Chatty Cherry Stories

Chatty Cherry Stories lesson plan

Read and respond to literature and create original stories and illustrations, focusing on details of people, places, and things.

  • 1.

    Read Vera Williams' <u>Cherries and Cherry Pits</u>. Talk about Bidemmi's drawings and the stories she creates about her drawings using her imagination.

  • 2.

    Create your own story world. Use Crayola® Washable Markers to draw a background of trees filled with cherries or your favorite fruits. Tell your story to a listening friend as you draw. Then switch roles and listen to your friend's story as his or her pictures grow and grow.

  • 3.

    Cover your work area with newspaper. Use Crayola Washable Watercolors and Crayola Watercolor Brushes to paint a self-portrait in the setting you drew. Add clothing in your favorite colors, patterns, and styles. Tell a detailed story about yourself as you create your artwork.


  • Children respond to reading children's literature, by engaging in original storytelling and representing their own images through the visual arts.
  • Children orally describe details of people, places, and things in their stories and art creations.
  • Children create relevant illustrations using drawing and painting techniques similar to those used by the illustrator.


  • Record stories as they are being told. Transcribe them, and add written text to pictures. Bind the collections of stories and drawings into books.
  • Explore the difference between drawing and painting. Wet each watercolor pan with a few drops of water squeezed out of a wet paintbrush. Paint areas rather than outlines, using a damp but not dripping brush, dipped in wet watercolors. Experiment.
  • Use other children's literature to explore art techniques such as colored pencil drawings, chalk, painting, and collage.