Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas: Literacy and Math Freebies

Hi friends.  Hope you are doing well.  We started our first round of family parties today with a brunch.  We had a great time.  My daughter is the perfect age for so much holiday fun, just old enough and still young enough.
Speaking of fun, what character is more fun than Pete the Cat?  Yesterday, our class read Pete the Cat Saves Christmas and did some work with this book.
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas follows Pete as he overcomes his fears about being too small to take over for Santa, since he is sick.  Of course the illustrations are fabulous.  The text is rhythmic and rhyming and like White Shoes, Four Groovy Buttons, and School Shoes, has a theme song that student love to sing.

After reading, we made these really cute Santa Pete the Cats to put up in class for the last few days before break.

We also did a little comprehension lesson on problem and solution.  As a class we discussed the problems and the solutions in this story and then the students completed a graphic organizer.  If you would like a copy of this handout, you can click on the picture.  The clip art is from Melonheadz.

In math we are working on comparing numbers with the greater than and less than signs.  I made a Santa Pete themed math center for the kids to complete during part of our math time.  I printed nine copies of this center and partnered the kids to work on this activity.
If you would like a free copy of this center and recording sheet.  Click on one of the pictures below.  The clip art is (again) from Melonheadz and the fonts are by Cara Carroll.

My firsties enjoyed this book and really liked having activities to extend it a bit.  Pete is very popular and anything having to do with him seems to spark my students' interests.
I'll leave you with a pic from earlier this week.  Pete even got in on our elf fun.  Groovy.

If you would like to check out some additional classroom activities to go along with Pete the Cat Saves Christmas (including a link to a free pattern for the craftivity),  click here.
Have a great week.  


  1. Your Christmas Pete is gorgeous. Such a shame that I have finished school as my Little Learners would have loved him and the book. Sadly I have never used greater and less than symbols with my Kindergarten class. Your photographs have inspired me to do this next year...even with little numbers. Thanks so much.
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

  2. I love this Pete the Cat Craftivity! Is it available somewhere?

  3. It was one of the good time as to celebrate with some due respects but now everything has quite change and that we have to follow what the culture and situations demand.