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Peter’s Chair Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Peter’s Chair will love this post.

With themes of getting older and changing families, this Peter’s Chair picture book by Ezra Jack Keats is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too!

Engage Your Students with Peter’s Chair Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Peter’s Chair.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Peter’s Chair reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

PETER'S CHAIR SUMMARY

Peter’s Chair is a coming-of-age picture book that many children with siblings can connect to. Peter is constantly reminded of the new baby in his house, Susie. He has to play quietly, help his family, and even give his sister his old furniture. Peter sees his family painting the crib, cradle, and even the high chair pink for his sister. While they are not looking, he takes his old baby chair and his trusting dog to run away. 

Landing close to home, he sits in his baby chair and realizes he is much too big! His mom then makes something special for lunch and Peter returns, but not without playing a little trick! With this, he realizes that his baby sister is a new member of their family, and helps his dad to paint his last remaining piece of baby furniture pink. 

PETER’S CHAIR LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Peter’s Chair, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Peter’s Chair reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • retell
  • analyzing character
  • making connections

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • changing families
  • getting older

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • past tense verbs 
  • quotation marks 
  • contractions

PETER’S CHAIR ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Peter's Chair book companion
elementary teacher asking her students a question about the picture book she is reading

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Peter’s Chair?

  • Lexile® Measure: 500L
  • Guided Reading Level: J 
  • DRA Level: 16 – 18
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.

What genre is Peter’s Chair?

It is a realistic fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 40 pages long.

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