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Book Club: Week 3

In the third week of the Art of Summer Reading Book club, students are invited to read "Chalk" and get creative by making art outside.

Day 1

Read Alouds

This book is not available in the CPS Virtual Library.

Supplies Needed:

Parent Article

Day 2

Your Turn to Read!

Watch this child read Chalk in his own way with your child on TeachingBooks.Net (username: cps & password: cps). Then, invite your child to read the book aloud in whatever way they wish to! Make a video and encourage your child to send it to your friends and families to share. When you’re finished, ask your child if they want to read it again- this time, in a different way!

Supplies needed:

  • Device to take video

Day 3

Chalk Creations

On a day when weather permits, bring your child to an outdoor space and invite them to create their own chalk creations. If an outdoor space is not available, repurpose a large paper bag or cardboard box, and encourage your child to use chalk to draw on this, instead. Encourage them to use their imaginations to tell a story and make their illustrations come alive, just like the storyteller gets to do when reading the wordless book, Chalk!

Supplies needed:

  • Chalk

  • Optional: Cardboard box or large paper bag

Chalk Creations Spanish


Chalk Creations English



Day 4

Kitchen Science

It’s your child’s turn to be an author! Encourage your child to create their own wordless book, just like Chalk. Support them in getting started by asking:

  • Who do you want your story to be about?
  • Where do you want your story to take place?
  • What happens in your story?
  • What happens next?
  • How does your story end?

Supplies needed:

  • Blank Paper
  • Writing, Drawing, and/or Painting Materials (Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils, Paint, Paintbrushes)
  • Optional: Device to take photos or video

Write Your Own Wordless Book English


Write Your Own Wordless Book Spanish


Day 5

Make Your Own Chalk Paint!

If you’re willing to get a little messy, make your own chalk paint with your child. This recipe is designed to be washable, but we suggest wearing older clothes and choosing a space that you don’t mind getting dirty, just in case. You’ll need:

  1. Mix 1 cup of water with one cup of corn starch, in the bowl. Mix until smooth, with no bumps.
  2. Pour your mixture into the muffin tin, or into individual small containers.
  3. If you would like to have colored chalk, mix in a few drops of food coloring into each cup or container. Stir to blend the color.
  4. Start painting!

Supplies needed:

  • Water

  • Cornstarch

  • A muffin tin or a few small containers

  • Measuring cup

  • A bowl

  • Paintbrushes

  • Food coloring (optional)

For pictures and a video of the process, click here.

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