Kindergarteners LOVE Pete the Cat!

Last spring a friend and colleague introduced me to Pete the Cat: I love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin.  Because we’ve been highlighting some of our feline book friends lately I thought it was a good opportunity to introduce my kindergarteners to Pete.  We had a blast!  I read the book first and we did a second reading with the music from the publisher’s website.  The kids were so engaged and full of giggles and smiles!

After book exchange that day they could choose a shoe from one of several shoe patterns and color it.  (I asked them to imagine themselves as Pete, walking around their neighborhood.  What would they step in?  What color would their shoes turn?)

Towards the end of our time together we gathered back, put all the shoes in the middle and then sorted them two ways.  They chose to sort them by color, and by kind.  (Their ideas.)  We shared the sorts on the hallway bulletin board.  They’ve been singing the song ever since;  guess I’m going to have to buy the sequel now!


First grade alert:  here’s a great post from a first grade teacher about creating a class book using Pete.

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