Wednesday, June 11, 2014


It is nearing the end of the school year and schedules are crazy.  For a variety of reasons I wasn't going to spend a lot of time with my Kindergartners so I wanted to have interesting lessons that would keep their attention.  For two weeks we discussed the job of an illustrator.

First we read some Pigeon books by Mo Willems and developed our own, "Don't Let the Pigeon ____" sentences.  Students then used instructed drawings from Heidi Butkus, here, to draw our Pigeons in Tux Paint.  The students loved it. They thought it was cool that Mo Willems drew the pictures and wrote the story.

The next week to watched and listened to Pete the Cat . We reviewed why some books are more fun to "watch" from our units on ebooks.  Then we draw Heidi Butkus' instructed drawings for Pete the Cat, here, and wrote the sentence "Pete the Cat is ______".

The students loved listening to the other books while they worked and compared who hard it was to draw Pete vs Pigeon.  I loved that each class asked if that was why there was a different author and illustrator for the Pete the Cat books unlike the Pigeon books.

These were great quick lessons that the students definitely enjoyed. They picked up on so many little lessons here and there throughout the two weeks that is definitely something I would do again.

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