Since stories about cats (a big blue one in particular) are so popular with students, I decided to design a “getting to know you”
cat-themed writing prompt.
I think building a community
in your classroom is one of the most important things teachers can do to ensure appropriate behavior
, kindness, camaraderie and a team spirit.
One of the easiest ways to do this, is for your students to get to know their classmates. Thus the reason for “Check Meowt!”
Although this is a super-fun icebreaker
for the first week of school, I continue to do “getting to know you” activities throughout the year.
No matter what grade I taught, whenever I tossed in a bit of craftiness to the lesson, my students were excited to get down to the business of writing.
They particularly enjoyed sharing things about themselves, interests, opinions, likes and dislikes.
In this packet there are several options
Children can make the cat head, then complete that worksheet and attach it under the “Check Meowt!” header, or they can simply fill in and color the worksheet
A variety of crazy colored cats makes for a vibrant display.
There’s an easier version
for younger students, as well as one with more questions
for older children.
PK kiddos can dictate
their answers to a reading buddy, classroom aide or the worksheet can be completed at home with the help of a parent.
The inspiration for this craftivity came from the song “I’m a Cat”
, which is on YouTube. The link’s in the packet.
If you like it, why not play it while children work on their “Check Meowt!” writing prompt, or use it to introduce the lesson.
Completed projects make a cute bulletin board
I’ve included several posters
to use for the center of your display, as well as a color copy
of the worksheet
so you can easily make a sample to share.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a “purr-fectly” fantastic year.
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