KEATS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
ACTIVITIES AND INTERNET RESOURCES USING BOOKS BY EZRA JACK KEATS
APT. 3 by Ezra Jack Keats. Macmillan, 1971.
Determine how many different types of housing there are in the United States. (Apartments, modular homes, travel trailers, boats, condominiums, row houses, single homes, etc.)
Make a Village
How do blind people accomplish daily living tasks like dressing, cooking, shopping, walking, etc.?
Questions From Kids about Blindness
All about Braille
CLEMENTINA'S CACTUS by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking, 1982.
Make sand paintings, using measuring spoons and cups to determine the correct amount of each color of sand.
Read books on various types of cacti and other succulent plants. Discuss how they differ from other plants.
Information on cactus
Plant a cactus garden in the classroom that can be cared for by the students.
Care of Cactus in the Home
Gardening: Growing Cactus
Using the desert environment as a basis, compare and contrast it to other climatic regions in the world.
Desert Field Trip
Discuss the cause of rainbows.
Activities and crafts using the rainbow theme
DREAMS by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1974.
This book features some excellent examples of marbleized papers. Marbleizing is a technique perfected by Keats and used in a number of his books like John Henry, Maggie and the Pirate, and In a Spring Garden. Keats demonstrated his marbleizing technique in the video, "Ezra Jack Keats." Have students view this video in preparation for making their own marbleized paper.
Denise Fleming's Papermaking Instructions
Using the instructions provided, have students make marbleized paper. This requires them to measure the amounts of oil paint and water, and to determine the best ratio of colors. This paper can be used as a part of other artwork, for wrapping gifts, or for bookbinding.
Recipe for Marbleized Paper
Have students make a paper mouse like Roberto made in school. These can be made from construction paper. Require an exact size so they will have to use rulers to measure.
Animal Activities - coloring and crafts
Talk about the science of shadows. Using a blank screen and a large flashlight, have students make shadows on the screen. Increase and decrease the distance between the light and the screen to change the size of the shadow. To duplicate the shadow that scared away the dog in the book, stand on a ladder and drop a paper mouse between the light and the screen.
IN THE PARK: AN EXCURSION IN FOUR LANGUAGES by Esther Hautzig, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1968.
On a map of the world, locate the cities of New York, Paris, Moscow, and Madrid. Determine what country each of these cities is in. What language is spoken in each city? Find out interesting facts about each country.
Internet Public Library's Culture Quest World Tour
Lesson on reading maps and directions
Calculate how many miles it would be from your home to each of these four cities. What forms of transportation could be used to get there? What is the latitude and longitude of each city?
Lessons introducing longitude and latitude
HI, CAT! by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1970.
Have a veternarian or a humane society representative speak to the class about the problems of stray dogs and cats.
National Association for Humane and Environmental Education
Make "Mister Big Face" paper bag masks using brown grocery bags. This can combine art with measurement and shapes.
Making a mask
Have a "Mister Big Face" parade. Take photographs and assemble a picture album of everyone's entry.
How to make a felt photo album
JENNIE'S HAT by Ezra Jack Keats; Harper & Row, 1966.
Make your own version of a hat like Jennie's, but fill it with an assortment of triangles, squares, circles, rectangles in a variety of colors.
A to Z Teacher Stuff: Shapes
Elementary Geometry Lessons
Set up a bird feeder near the school and see how many different types of birds come to eat. Count the birds that you see each day and chart the number and kinds of birds you see. Also note the weather conditions each day to see if it affects when the birds come. With a book, identify these birds and read more about them.
A Children's Guide to Birdwatching
MY DOG IS LOST! by Ezra Jack Keats and Pat Cherr, illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. Crowell, 1960.
Make a list of some basic words in English and find their equivalent in Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
Internet Picture Dictionary
Say Hello to the World!
Do some research on the various breeds of dogs. What are their similarities and differences?
Dog Breed Information Center
Dog Breed Classification for Pet Owners
PET SHOW! by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1972.
Count how many different children appear in this book. How many are boys? How many girls? How many times does each child appear in the whole book? How many adults are in the book? Are the children who appear in this book in any other books by Ezra Jack Keats?
How many animals are in the pet show? What are they called? Can you think of any other animals that are kept as pets?
Care for Pets
PETER'S CHAIR by Ezra Jack Keats; HarperCollins, 1967.
Take a poll to determine which students have older and younger brothers and sisters. Make a graph to show the distribution of boys and girls and their ages.
How to make graphs
What year was this book published? How old is this book? Is the book older than you are? If so, how much older?
Baseball games using math concepts
Write a newspaper article about the birth of Peter's sister and his reaction.
Writing a news story
REGARDS TO THE MAN IN THE MOON by Ezra Jack Keats; Four Winds, 1981.
Make a model of our solar system.
Star Child: Center for Young Astronomers
Compare the sizes of the different planets and determine their distance from each other and from Earth.
Astronomy for Kids
THE SNOWY DAY by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking, 1962.
Imagine THE SNOWY DAY is a wordless picture book. Write your own text using the illustrations as a guide.
Scholastic's Writing with Writers
Find out more about the four seasons. How do they differ from one another? What are the temperatures, amount of precipitation, wind speed?
The First Day of Autumn
Make four posters, one for each season. Decorate according to the season. List holidays that occur during that season. List outdoor activities that can take place during each season.
Study the science of weather forecasting. What types of weather are there? Why is it so hot in Mississippi and why doesn't it usually snow there?
Folklore weather forecasting
Make your own weather station