Thursday, September 16, 2010

What next with Pete the Cat?

There is no doubt that kids in our school love the book, Pete the Cat. When I blogged about it last spring, I had no idea that this book was going be such a sensation. Kindergarten kids began painting Pete as their fourth grade buddies sang and painted along. First graders were begging for the book to be read again and again. This book caught everyones attention. I know that part of excitement of Pete the Cat is that not only is it a book, but it is a catchy song with a free download at Harper Collins. And, the live re-telling is must. This book has multiple ways for kids ( and teachers) to access the enjoyment.

I wanted to use the kids excitement to fuel further learning with Pete the Cat in the classroom. So, I posted the three repetitive lines for shared reading on our sentence chart (smart board users I am sure there some more techy/interactive way you could extend this idea but I don't have a smartboard). I use shared reading to build in review of some print concepts (one to one match, right to left progression, difference between letter and word, etc), reading strategies and often highlight
high frequency words. Last week (with the downloaded song in the background) we sang and pointed to the repetitive words up on our sentence chart. I cut up the words, threw them in an envelope and modeled how to put together the Pete the Cat Puzzle during morning meeting. The puzzle has been loved during morning reading and play time this week. I caught these partners singing along enjoying their song. It was probably one of the happiest moments of the day. Tomorrow, I am creating a book with a photo of each student's shoes (they were very excited to pose) and I will be asking kids to help me generate some repetitive text for our own book about shoes. I want to add student names into this book so they practice reading and learning class names. Who knew Pete would allow us to be so productive and happy? (My apologies for the poor camera work, but I think you will get the idea.)


melanie said...

Hi Katie! My kindergarten class is head over heals in love with Pete the Cat. They love to listen to the song with we have an extra minute before dismissal time, and they can't wait to get to the book each day. I made a cool retelling kit that they love to do with the book also. I just posted a flip video on my classroom blog today of my class reading and singing and holding up the colored shoes they made. Your class might enjoy watching them since they are fellow Pete the Cat fans. :) Here is the link to my class blog.
I loved the puzzle your class is working on. I'll be making a pocket chart tomorrow. :)

katied said...

Can't wait to check it out! Thanks!

Mandy said...

Would love to know more about your shoe book with the students. Love the pocket chart idea. Thanks for sharing.

tara said...

We are crazy for Pete the Cat over here in Thailand as well at our international school. I adore the idea of putting it together into a retelling kit and will pass this idea onto our kinder and 1st grade teachers. I personally am so nuts over Pete the Cat that I had to get my own t-shirt for me and my daughter. btw, I love your blog and forward many posts onto our first grade team. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

Brimful Curiosities said...

This is one of our favorite books as well. It seems to appeal to a large age span. My toddler sings the song every time we put on his shoes.