I enjoy Pete the Cat on so many levels. I love the simplicity of the book for my kindergarten students learning colors and loving a blue cat singing a predictable song. Yet, I also love the complexity of it from an adult's point of view: If we could all be so calm and relaxed in our little worlds (like Pete the Cat) when life throws us curve balls, our entire society would benefit. I am hoping that, as the year goes on, and I continuously refer back to our friend, Pete, during sticky situations, the children will begin to grasp the greater concept hidden in one of their all-time favorite books.
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I began the school year with this book during KinderKamp and, since the students loved it so much, I decided I would continue when the new year begins with them next week. I created an activity kit for that purpose that is jam packed with differentiated activities that can be used in a variety of ways for students of all ages.
One of my favorite things to do with children is directed drawings, so what better activity to create than a directed drawing Step By Step Guide on how to draw Pete the Cat. Once you start doing directed drawings with your students, you won't be able to stop. There are so many benefits of doing it in a whole group lesson, even beyond the basic listening skills and the transfer of the "learning to draw" skills. Of course, I couldn't stop there, I went on to make materials for a retelling center and a reading center. So, included in this 33 page set, are the following items that can be used in any way talented and creative teachers can come up with (way more than what I have suggested):
- Tips for having a successful Directed Drawing Session with your students.
- A Step By Step Guide How to Draw Pete the Cat to be printed and laminated for an independent center or reference as you direct this drawing with your class.
- Individual posters of each step to use with your document cam or projector.
- A printable coloring page with a cloze sentence at the bottom. Children would need to decide what the pile is that Pete stepped in and fill in the missing blank ("Pete the Cat stepped in a large pile of _____________________.)either by dictation or writing.
- Same as above, only more tracing involved for emerging writers.
- A page that gives a starting point (Pete's head), so that children do not have to worry about placement or size of the starting point.
- A blank cloze page for older or more advanced listeners/artists.
- The next set of pages mimic pages 4-7 above. Only the cloze activity is in a speech bubble that says, "I love my _________ shoes." Once again, you will find differing levels to use depending on abilities and ages of participants.
- The retelling portion of this kit consists of Pete the Cat puppets (colored and black and white), "piles" to be made into anything children want, and shoes, of course, that need to be colored to match the different piles.
- The center activity includes a shoe-less Pete with the sentence "Pete loves his ____ shoes."
- The sneakers that need to be colored all colors of the rainbow to match the color coded cards to be matched up during center time.
- You will also find color cards that are all black for the higher learner to match.
The set woldn't be complete without printable Pete the Cat covers to put on top of all of your students pages to make a classroom book!
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