Pete The Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes was published in 2011 by Eric Litwin. This story is about a cat named Pete. Pete rocks in his school shoes all the day long. From the time he wakes up, to the time he gets on the bus, goes to the library, lunchroom, and playground Pete never stops singing and dancing about rocking in his school shoes. Needless to say, Pete loves his red school shoes! For an activity, I will provide my students with a coloring handout that has a set of tennis shoes on them. I will ask my students to decorate their school shoes with their crayons and to write some adjectives to describe their cool school shoes! This book is a level 18 according to the DRA book leveling system.
The Giving Tree was published in 1964 by Shel Silverstein. The story begins with a tree that deeply loves a young boy. The young boy plays with the tree daily by picking up her leaves, climbing on her limbs, and eating the apples from the tree. When the boy grows tired, he takes naps against the tree. As the boy grows older, he falls in love with a girl and begins to spend more time with her than the tree. One afternoon, the boy returns to the tree but only because he wants money. For the remaining times that the boy visits the tree, it is only because he wants something. Over the years the tree has given all it has to offer until all thats left is a stump for the boy that is now an old man to sit on. For an activity, I will cutout and and staple a large paper tree to our classroom bulletin board. I will then allow my students to name things or objects that can be given. For example, hugs, kindness, help, clothes, food, etc. This book is a level 30 according to the DRA book leveling system.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published by Eric Carle in 1969. This story begins with a tiny egg resting against a leaf at night time. The next morning, the tiny egg hatches and out comes a caterpillar. During the week, the caterpillar constantly searched for food. The caterpillar munches holes in fruit, and human food such as cake, ice cream, pickles, and sausage. However, now there is a problem! The caterpillars tummy hurts! The caterpillar found a cleansing green leaf the next day that made him feel better. Yet again, we have another problem. The caterpillar is now huge and no longer hungry! Eventually, the caterpillar next builds a cocoon and turns into a magnificent butterfly. For an activity, I would have print outs of a blank caterpillar and provide my students with different materials to decorate their caterpillars. This book is a level 16 according to the DRA book leveling system.