Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pete Saves Christmas!

Pete the Cat saved Christmas.

Before heading off for Christmas break, we had just enough time to finish up our Pete the Cat unit and making these cute Pete the Cats in stocking hats!  I do not have much time with my students (30 minutes per day) so I speed things up by having all the pieces cut out and ready to go.  All students need to do is follow directions putting him together and glue him down.  I like to do some fun things with my students, but my focus must remain on authentic reading and writing activities.  

If you missed the other Pete the Cat posts just click here to read them too!


Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

We have been working hard on comprehension with an author study with the Pete the Cat books.  My kinders were really picking up on the language and themes that Eric Litwin uses in his books.  When they hear the same language being used across different books depicting his style their hands shoot up and they just can't wait to tell me what they are noticing!  


author study comparison chart

Another activity that the students did was practice a retelling of the story and to do a line up of their writing.  After we went through what happened in the story, the students each decided what they each would write.  When they were completed they put themselves in order that the story happened.  

Pete the Cat retelling activity


Santa was sick.


He called Pete the Cat.

He crossed names off.

I'm kind of sad that our Pete the Cat unit is over.  We have learned a lot of lessons from this laid back cat!  I hope you have enjoyed going on this journey of learning with us.  :)

I want to wish each and every one of you a blessed Christmas spent with your families and friends!!

12 comments:

  1. I LOVE the idea of having them retell and line up to show the retelling! Genius! I'm going to do this with my firsties...Thanks!

    I never got my hands on teh Pete Christmas book..next year!

    Firstgradebloomabilities

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  2. Ahh Lori we love us some Pete the Cat! Looks like a fabulous unit that I'm sure your kiddos just loved! Super great ideas-thanks for sharing!
    Happy Holidays to you and blessings for the New Year!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

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  3. I love being on your journey too. Your kids are so blessed to learn from a teacher who believes authentic reading and writing instead of stuff. Merry Christmas Lori!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  4. Lori,

    My class loves Pete the Cat activities. I'm looking forward to seeing the Pete the Cat beginning readers. The stocking hats are adorable.

    Happy Holidays,

    Mona
    First Grade Schoolhouse

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  5. Awwww. Pete just rocks. We adore him. To bits!
    Thanks for sharing the cuteness!
    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

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  6. Love your Pete activities. I can't believe I actually forgot I have that book! Good grief:)
    Merry Christmas, Lori!

    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  7. Lisa, I think you will like having them line up to do a retell of the story. And definitely get the Pete Christmas book!

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  8. Thank you Christy and Tammy! We had a lot of fun and learned a lot from our Pete unit. :)

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  9. Thank you, Tammy, for the kind words! We love stretching ourselves when learning.

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  10. Thanks Mona! I saw that there were some Pete the Cat little readers. Wouldn't the kids just love those!

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  11. Thanks Lisa! We just love Pete too. Characters like him make learning so fun. :)

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  12. Thank you Barbara! What a great problem to have- so many books that we forget some that we have! :)

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