No, David! Activities and Comprehension Questions

Do your students struggle with self-management? Read on to find No, David! activities and comprehension questions to promote self-management and forgiveness.

No, David! Activities and Comprehension Questions

David repeatedly breaks the rules, hearing “No, David!” from his mothers. He learns she still loves him despite his behaviour. The book gives you the opportunity to discuss:

You can also use the book to teach

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No, David! Summary

The author, David Shannon, wrote No, David! Based on his own writings and drawing as a young boy and all the mischief he got up to. As a consequence of his actions, all he heard his mother say was “no, David!”

The book takes the reader through all the things he does that upset his mother. This includes dragging mud into the house. Making lots of noise, leaving a lot of mess and flooding the bathroom.

David doesn’t seem to take on board his mother’s words until he accidentally breaks a vase with his baseball bat. His mother makes him sit in the corner to reflect on his behaviour. With tears in his eyes, he apologises to his mother and reaches out for a hug. She takes him in her arms and tells him she loves him.

No, David! by David Shannon
Illustrator: David Shannon
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0439129657

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Book Series

  • No, David! (1999)
  • David Goes to School (1999)
  • David Gets in Trouble (2002)
  • It’s Christmas, David! (2010)
  • Grow Up, David! (2018)

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  • Harriet, You Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  • Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
  • Alice the Fairy by David Shannon
  • No! by Marta Altes
  • The Bad Seed by Jory John

No, David! Activities & Resources​

I have created literacy graphic organizers for No, David!. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:

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External No, David! Activities & Links

FREE No, David! Graphic Organisers

Would you like free graphic organisers for No, David!?

I have a freebie that is part of a larger resource so you can try it out in your classroom today!

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Click on the image to the left to see the full resource on Teachers Pay Teachers.

No, David! Read-Aloud Questions

Read-aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.

  • Why did David Shannon include an author’s note?
  • Describe the problem faced by David’s mother and how she solved it.
  • How would you describe David? What are his character traits?
  • Why do you think David was so naughty? Do you think he is always like this?
  • Describe how David could have handled the situation differently.
  • How do you feel when you break the rules or do something you shouldn’t?
  • Why do you think David behaves in the way he does?
  • How are your parents similar to or different from David’s mother?
  • Do you think David will still get in trouble after the book? What makes you think that?
  • Do you think David’s mother should have done to stop David from misbehaving after the cookie incident?

You can find a full set of discussion cards in the No, David! Literacy Bundle or as a separate pack.

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