Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach


Bibliographic Information Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach, Written and illustrated by James Dean. Published by Harper Collins Publishers, New York, c.2013

Lexile Level:200

Synopsis: Pete is enjoying a day at the beach, but he is afraid of the water. This story follows Pete as he gradually lets go of his fears and discovers the fun of playing in the ocean.

Rationale for Classroom Use: This is an easily decodable text that would mainly be used for increasing reading accuracy and fluency.  Students could also look closely at Pete’s feelings of fear and what phrases are used to show that he is afraid.  They could then look at what words give us a clue that Pete’s feelings are changing.

Common Core Connection:

1.RL.4. Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

1.RL.10. With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.


About Kristen

I am an elementary school teacher with five years of experience in 4th and 5th grades. I am taking a year off from teaching to get my masters in Reading through the New Literacies and Global Learning program at NC State University.

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This entry was posted on June 20, 2013 by in Beginner Readers/ Early Readers, Uncategorized and tagged , , .

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