Students explore creating their own shadows, as Peter does in the story, then write about it. Have the children read Whistle for Willie to each other. Why does he look so happy? Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats Read the title of the book on the cover, pointing to each word as you say it. Use these activities and lessons to introduce students to Keats's work. Give prompts about objects and activities in the pictures, pointing to the illustration you are asking about. Shine a flashlight and encourage children to try moving in front of the light in different ways to see how their shadows move. What happens to Peter after he spins around? LESSON 1: Mentor Text: OnomatopoeiaLESSON 2: Mentor Text: Writing with SatireLESSON 3: Mentor Text: Sequence of EventsLESSON 4: Mentor Text: Predictable TextLESSON 5: Mentor Text: EllipsisLESSON 6: Mentor Text: DialogueLESSON 7: Mentor Text: Voice in WritingLESSON 8: Mentor Text: Ideas in WritingLESSON 9: Mentor Text: Organization in Writing What is his dog doing? Ezra Jack Keats was a Caldecott Medal-winning picture book author and illustrator. How did you feel? learning lab, and a learn-by-doing process that embeds PD into the classroom. Invite them to draw a picture of their shadows. This lesson, adapted from “Whistle for Willie, by Ezra Jack Keats” (Family Education), provides an in-depth reading experience for beginners without writing, which is so challenging to kindergartners early in the school year. He wanders his neighborhood on a summer day, spinning around, playing, drawing a chalk trail on the sidewalk. And why? Lesson 23 (Cause and Effect) Lessons 24 (Sequencing/before and after) Lessons 25 (inferring character traits and feelings) Whistle for Willie (lesson 24).doc IRA Lessons 23-2 and 23-3.doc Lesson 23_whistle for Willie (cause and effect).doc RC Minilessons 23.doc RC miniLesson 23-5.doc Whistle for Willie (lesson 24).doc Help them label the picture with the dog’s name. Read the story, holding up the book and moving your finger under the words as you read. Ask: Who do you think Willie is? This lesson revisits the story many times and does a thorough job discussing what to do during each reading. Where is Peter when he discovers he can whistle? Whistle for Willie begins as Peter is exploring his neighborhood one afternoon, wishing desperately that he could whistle. We will use your feedback to improve the experience for every teacher on our site. Who is the dog in this picture? TM ® & © 2016 Scholastic Inc. All Rights Reserved. Close. Point to the picture on the cover. Have you ever spun around and around? Give open-ended prompts on each page. His efforts seem futile, until one day, he hears a beautiful sound! Continue to ask these questions when rereading the book until they know the answers. Prompts (each bulleted line refers to a two-page sequence): What is the boy in the background doing? 450 14th Street Ask: Who do you think Willie is? If a child needs help answering a question, ask again during the next reading. His books include Peter's Chair, Whistle for Willy, and the timeless classic The Snowy Day. Explore classroom activities, puzzles, teacher resources and enrichment pdfs for this book. The recall questions teach comprehension skills, the prompts provide insight into the children’s understanding of the story, and the vocabulary list supports the children’s understanding of new words. Each bulleted line refers to a two-page sequence. Ezra Jack Keats Foundation foundation@ezra-jack-keats.org, Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition – Past NYC Winners, use words and pictures to understand the story, connect the story to a personal experience, recall and retell the events of the story, discuss and understand new vocabulary words.