I’m sure I will create a million more Pete the Cat lessons as time goes on but that’s because I absolutely ADORE these books! The first time I had ever heard of Pete the Cat was in one of my undergraduate courses during a mock read aloud. I went home that night and ordered every book that was currently available in addition to the puppet! Over the past few years my love for Pete (and my book collection) has only grown. I have read the story to kids I tutored and nannied, and have created multiple lessons for elementary students. The reason I love these books so much is because they incorporate music and positivity to teach children a lesson. Does it get much better than that?
For a recent graduate school assignment, we were urged to create a lesson that would promote social acceptance in our classrooms. A huge part of teaching is making sure our students feel safe, positive, and included in their classroom. To do this, we must not assume that students understand social acceptance or the idea of uniqueness. This is a cute little lesson for elementary classes that combines a read aloud, mini art project, and technology. It can best benefit the class environment when used toward the start of the school year, or later on as a reminder/reinforcement.