Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Use Shapes to Make Pete the Cat

So, you may know that I LOVE Pete the Cat! I (and many others at my school) used a great Pete the Cat tour of the school - found on Pinterest, of course! 

I also use Pete the Cat to teach colors - ideas galore on Pinterest! (I'm sorry, I don't make my own things, I am huge believer in "no need to re-invent the wheel!") This week, I also used Pete help me teach shapes. We learned a new shape a day (circle on Monday, square  on Tuesday, triangle on Wednesday, and we will do rectangle on Thursday, and Hexagon on Friday.) My class really has a handle on shapes and it rained today and I was really excited to try this out, so we did it early! :)  
This pic is a link to the site I pinned.
I pre-cut the shapes because (I'll be honest) I was afraid of what might happen letting my little ones cut that much this early on....

Here's what I did...I used my document camera and went through making Pete step-by-step. I had the shapes already cut and in sandwich bags (with an extra set for my example). I called out shapes and gave directions and you know what? They did GREAT! I should have trusted that my kiddos could handle cutting. (Then again, it may not have gone as smoo...nah, I'll leave it alone.) 

So here they are! My ADORABLE little Pete the Cats!

And this is where Pete lives in the classroom. I move him around every now and then, but he's been on the book shelf this week! :)

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