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Back to School with David!

We are ready to blast off a great new school year with some really good literacy ideas for you!  If you have hopped through the blog, you are visiting from Literacy Loving Gals.  So glad that you came by!

book activities for back to school

One of my favorite characters to go back to school with is David!  Who wouldn't love David?  I think kids identify and enjoy this funny,  mischievous little guy!

author study chart

One easy activity for my younger students is a simple Author's Study chart.  It's an easy way to learn about author and illustrator and a great way to introduce characters and setting.

create a graph of your favorite book

Kids love for their opinions to be heard and for their opinions to count.  Making a favorite David book graph is a fun visual way of doing that!

step by step how to draw David

These are some step by step drawings.  They had so much fun drawing David!  I started with a template of the head and ears and they did the rest.

drawing David and writing about the rules he breaks

These cute drawings were also completed step by step with modeling.  Students really do well with that!  The students wrote about what rules were being broken by David- which of course they think is either just so funny or some think some of what David does is just downright scandalous behavior!

draw David and write about the rules he breaks

After writing about the rules David breaks, it's a great time to have a discussion about the rules and expectations for your students in your classroom.  The David books provide a great way to start this conversation at the beginning of the year.

I like how the David books are written showing that although he makes some mistakes, the people in his life still love him!  The teacher or mother character in the books change from feeling exasperated with his behavior to finding joy in him again.

This is a freebie for you about character changes and showing evidence of the character traits.  You can grab it by clicking the picture or click here.

Now you are ready for the next stop in our back to school blog hop!  Head on over to Reading is Elementary for more great literacy ideas!  


  1. Have a great year, Lori, and thanks for the freebie and tips with David. Enjoyed your post!

  2. Such a cute project with the No David books! Thanks for the freebie, too. I'm so glad I got to be part of the hop with you. ;)

  3. I really like this post! We use No David at the beginning of the year and these are great activities to add. I especially like the book comparison chart. It is simple, to the point, and easy to read. I pinned it and stuck it on FB. I love it!
    Thank you!!
    Curious Firsties

  4. What kid doesn't love David? The activities you posted are so cute and meaningful. I love the favorite book graph and I know students will too!
    Read With Me ABC

  5. David is such a great character to study! Thanks for the freebie!

  6. I read David books on Friday, and we drew him too. Their Davids always turn out so cute. Yours definitely did.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First


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