Ezra Jack Keats was a Caldecott Medal-winning picture book author and illustrator. His books include Peter's Chair, Whistle for Willy, and the timeless classic The Snowy Day. Use these activities and lessons to introduce students to Keats's work.
Students will "tell or show what a map is..." --Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework
- My Dog is Lost! by Ezra Jack Keats
- Graph paper (one sheet per student)
- Writing pencils
- Colored pencils
Talk about the places Juanito visits in his search for Pepito. Explain that students will be creating maps showing Juanito's apartment, grocery store, playground, movie theater, butcher shop, laundromat, subway entrance, and bank. Students should use the writing pencils to create roads and buildings on their graph paper, labeling the different places. They can then use the colored pencils to color their map.
Supporting All Learners
If you want to modify this activity for kindergarten, print out mailing labels with the names of the places Juanito searched. Have students create their maps, one building at a time, and attach the labels as they go.
Use the maps to create three-dimensional models. Look at a map of New York and locate Chinatown, Little Italy, Park Avenue, and Harlem.