Pete The Cat Sneaker Project
Project: Cross disciplinary instruction : Students will create clay sneakers while exploring the similarities of Eric Litwin's Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes, clay, and having positive attitude.
Wilmette Junior High Dist 39
Ms. Linehan's 7th Grade Reading Class
Harper Elementary Dist. 39
Ms. Nerenburg's 4th Grade Class
How: Remove one shoe. (brave in a 7th grade classroom) Read and sing (extra loud) the repetitive "I Love my white shoes" tune. Discuss how staying positive and having an attitude of adaptability is helpful when being a clay artist, author, and fulfilled individual . Talk about how breaking a hard task into small parts can be a helpful way of tackling the whole. Instruction on building a clay shoe and encouragement to use creativity in making each student's shoe unique.
Why: This is an effective project that uses literature as inspiration for art. Clay is a medium that requires patience, following instructions, flexible thinking, adaptability, creativity and the ability to "keep moving along" and embracing your "best work" not the idea of "perfection". We discuss the similarities of being an author and artist, and how designing, editing, adaptability and hard work are important to both.