Shouldn’t your 21st Century classroom be just like today’s virtual world? In other words, shouldn’t it be full of cats?!
We’ve got reading cats. We’ve got writing cats. We’ve got poetry cats. We’ve got math cats. We’ve got science and engineering cats. We’ve got graphic design, art, critical thinking, and creativity cats. We’ve got all kinds of cats across the curriculum! There are 7 lessons in all here—representing 7 to 10 hours (maybe even more) of class time. They are appropriate for 3rd grade GATE through 6th grade.
Use this as a thematic unit (like I did with my GT 4th grade) or as stand-alone lessons to spice things up and add some feline flavor (which would be some sort of fish flavor, I presume). We continue our sneakiest teacher tricks here—instructing with the Common Core and Next Generation Science and having fun along the way. Come on! You just gotta love cats, don’t you?!
In this bundle you get instructions and photos, sample student work, ready-to-print activity sheets, Common Core references, and everything you need except the actual cats (you’ll be making your own!).
Summary of Lessons:
“Everybody Wants to be a Cat”—Writing: In this lesson, students explore the qualities of cats in a brainstorming exercise and then apply critical thinking to synthesize information into a short expository essay or short, constructed response (40-60 minutes).
“Good Kitty! Mummy Loves You”—Nonfiction Reading: This lesson’s focuses are inferences, language (double meanings), and main ideas (30-40 minutes).
“We are Siamese”—Poetry (as song lyrics): This lesson’s focus is on interpretation of poetry and vocabulary in context (20-30 minutes).
“Mathematical Cats”—Math and Logic: Here is a ready-to-print activity to challenge your students with multi-step story problems concerning cats (25-35 minutes).
“Falling Cats”—Science and Engineering; Speaking and Listening: ! In this activity, students practice listening skills with an interesting Radio Lab science broadcast about cats falling from New York skyscrapers. Students then express their understanding of the physical science of falling cats with pictures and words. Next, students build and test their own falling cat in a cool engineering project (3-4 hours).
“Snow Cats”—Reading, Literacy, Vocabulary, and Graphic Design: This 4 page reading activity combines several key critical thinking areas. Students work with vocabulary in context, inferences, short-constructed responses, summaries and main ideas (1 hour to 90 minutes).
“Everybody Wants to be a Cat, pt. 2”—Metaphors, Non-Fiction Reading, Creativity, and Art: In this lesson, students create a metaphor from descriptions of different breeds of cats. Namely, students link qualities of cat breeds with their own personal characteristics to create a metaphor. In a creative response, students invent a cat toy which would be their favorite if they were a cat. Finally, students make a “stuffed cat” version of themselves (2-3 hours).