No, David! By David Shannon Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

This book tracks a boy named David and all the things he does to get in trouble. Use the activities below to bring meaning to the story and help students understand its message.

No, David!

No, David! is a book meant for lower elementary readers about a boy who is always getting into trouble. Throughout the story, David is constantly being reprimanded for the things he is doing (with fun illustrations to show his actions). In the end, however, David is reminded that he is loved. Use the activities below to give your students their own personal connections to the story.

Yes, David!

Materials: drawing paper, crayons or colored pencils

  • Begin with a group discussion about the book.
    • Go through each page one at a time.
    • Discuss what David is doing wrong on each page.
    • Discuss what David could have done instead (for example, instead of tracking mud through the house he could have taken his shoes off at the door).
    • Talk about what David's mother might have said if he had done things differently (such as, ''Yes, David'' or ''Way to go!'').
  • Put students into groups of 2-4.
  • Give each group a piece of writing paper and a piece of drawing paper along with some crayons or colored pencils.
  • Assign each group one of the pages of the book (one in which David is doing something he shouldn't do).
  • On their drawing paper, have each group redraw the picture of their assigned page showing what David could have done instead.
  • Have students also caption their page with something positive.
  • Have each group share their work with the class.
  • Gather the pages and put them together to form a new book. Consider calling it, ''Yes, David!''

Favorite Page in the Book

Materials: writing paper, pencils (or access to a computer for writing)

  • Do a brief class discussion about the book. Talk about what is going on in each page. Discuss what David is doing wrong on each page, but also highlight the humor.
  • Give each student a piece of writing paper or access to a computer for writing.
  • Instruct students to choose their favorite page in the book.
  • Ask each student to write a few sentences about their favorite page.
    • ''My favorite page in the book is ...''
    • ''It is my favorite page because ...''
    • Add additional sentences to describe the page and explain why it is a favorite.
  • Once competed, let each student read their sentences aloud to the class and talk about their favorite page of the book.

Our Class ''No'' Book

Materials: drawing paper, crayons or colored pencils

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