runaway bunny books

Wayyyy back when, when I was a tiny, little second grader, my class made their own Runaway Bunny books. Have you read this story? Click {here} to check it out. It's about a little bunny who wants to runaway and he tells his mother all the places and things he is going to become. His mother, however, doesn't want him to runaway and she always comes up with ways to be with him, no matter where he goes, or what he becomes.

When I was little, I remember this being such a fun activity and so I had to do it with my own students! 

We made these books with our sixth grade buddies {whom my students ABSOLUTELY adore}! My students were the little bunnies {some of them changed to a different animal} and the sixth graders were the mothers. My student's loved thinking of ways to get away from their mothers! However, the sixth graders were always super clever and they always found a way to be with their little bunnies. These books can be as long or as short as you want. However, they can take a few weeks to complete, because you have to send them back and forth between classrooms.

Runaway Bunny is full of dialogue between the little bunny and his mother, so I used these books to teach about quotation marks and how to use them correctly.

Here are some samples of their adorable Runaway Bunny books:

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This is how all the stories started out:
Once there was a little monkey who wanted to runaway. So she said to her mother, "I am running away." "If you run away," said her mother, "then I will run after you. For you are my little monkey."

Here are some examples {not all from the same story}:
Left: "If you run after me," said the little monkey, " then I will become bread in a bakery and I will bake away from you." Right: "If you become some bread, " said her mother, " I will become the baker and bake you."

Left: "If you become a pen," said the little bunny, "Then I will become a headband and there is no way you can keep me." Right: "If you become a headband," said his mother, "I will become a little girl and wear you and take you home with me."

Left: "If you become a zoo keeper," said the little puppy, "I will become a fish in a pond and I will swim away from you." Right: "If you become a fish in a pond, "said her mother, "then I will become a sea anemone and you will live in me."

OKAY, this next one totally CRACKS me up!
Left: "If you become a bodyguard, " said the little wolf, "then I will become a molecule and I will float away from you." {In the picture it says "FACT:  Molecules are invisible and there are infinity of them, which makes me impossible to catch" What???? Are you serious???? Where do these kids learn this stuff? ;) Not from me!!} Right: "If you become a molecule, then I will also become a molecule and I will stay with you." {You know what they say... if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!}

My students are really proud of their stories! If you still have a few weeks of school left, you could make these stories with another class in your school! :)

10 days left! Yahoooo!!!!!! 


  1. What an easy, fun and engaging idea. These are too cute, Lindsey. I especially love the last one. Kids are hilarious.

    The other day, I overheard a group of students in a deep discussion about there being a hole in the ozone layer and that the Earth is in serious trouble. Then, another group was talking about stalagtites and stalagmites.

    SERIOUSLY?!?!?! Where do these kids come from?

    So funny! Thanks for sharing this. Hope you're doing well!

    By the way, a teacher friend of mine at school is getting geared up for her daily balloon surprise with her kiddos. She was totally inspired by you!

    Take care,


  2. What a coincidence! I just read that book about a minute ago to my son before putting him down for nap. I love that book and I love your activity! Those turned out great!

  3. These are so cute! Makes me wish we had some older students at our school..our second graders are the oldest.

    Swimming into Second

  4. My plans at school for tomorrow have to be changed and I need something new! This is a great idea:)

    LOVE your blog and your ideas! I am a newbie...come check me out:



  5. This was one of my favorite books when I was a lil one!

    Such a good idea - I just pinned it so I can find it easily for next year!

    Thanks for the inspiration, as always :)

    T.G.I.F.(Thank God It's First Grade!)

  6. I see you are on the countdown of summer break too! We have two days left with students and three work days (that other grades will have students...ahhh the beauty of sixth grade graduation). I am giving you the One Lovely Blog award. Come on over to my blog and get the details and maybe you could follow me too. I am your newest follower, a new blogger, and a new Teachers Pay Teachers member!

    Enchanted Tales of Elementary School

  7. Loooooooooove your blog and I'm your newest follower! I hope to have you stop by!


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  8. These are my favorite writing extension I have seen on your blog! They are wonderful! I bet those mothers gushed over them.


  9. I love everything you share! I am thrilled beyond words that you are teaching 1st this year! Wahoo!

    I am having a HUGE Pete the Cat giveaway with several awesome bloggers. We would love for you to come and check it out! =)

    Heather's Heart


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