Peter's Chair Extension Activities
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
Grade Level Equivalent: 2.6
Lexile Measure: 390
Guided Reading Level: J
Age: Age 6, Age 7, Age 5
Genre: General Fiction
Subject: Changes and New Experiences, Feelings and Emotions, African American, Siblings
Part of the Ezra Jack Keats Author Study
Collage a Room Design
The author-illustrator uses collage materials to create the illustrations for Peter's Chair.
- Have the class examine the book page by page to see if they can identify the common materials Keats incorporated into the illustrations (e.g., wallpapers, lace doilies and newspaper). Provide the children with similar materials along with catalogs featuring housewares and furniture. Also, provide each student with a piece of lightweight cardboard or oaktag (approx. 9" x 12").
- Have students cover the cardboard with glued-on pieces of wallpaper scraps (gluing a strip of contrasting paper along the bottom of the cardboard to create a ground line. Encourage the children to add a construction paper window or a door to the collage.
- Then, have children cut items from the catalog and glue these onto the wallpaper to design a room of their dreams.
- Have children share their results. How many of them incorporated similar elements into their rooms? Do any of the rooms look exactly alike? Why or why not?