Here is the "recipe" if you would like it. (Don't get too excited- it isn't an old family secret or anything.) Just click on the picture below! I make some copies for the children to look at as we make the cookies, then I send a copy home with each child with his/her cat cookie picture stapled to it.
The children follow the directions and make their own cat cookie. I take a picture of each child with the cookie before it is eaten and make a poster for the classroom. I send a copy of each child's picture home stapled to the recipe. Making these cookies is a great lesson about following directions, carefully spreading the frosting, using a plastic knife ( not licking the knife...), and counting. Most of the children have never spread frosting. One little boy said, "This is the second time I have used a knife. The other time was with our butter!"
We do lots of "at-tivities" before we make our cookies. (Sorry- I couldn't resist...)
I have a box of Word Family files. In each file, I keep the activities that I to use for teaching that word family, as well as photo-copies of the titles of the books I use for that word family. For example, here is a look at some of the things in my "at" file:
(I have Word Wall Roll games for each word family made and ready in each file.)
I also keep copies of the activities that go with the book inside the front cover of the book, so that if I pull a book, the activity is right there with it. This is so helpful if you need a quick sub plan, or have an unexpected chunk of time to fill, because the activity is right inside the book. For example, these were a couple ideas I had in the front cover of Only the Cat Saw that may be great for another day:
Only the Cat Saw is a sweet story with beautiful illustrations. We had great conversations about what goes on outside when we are asleep, or what we think happens inside the school when we are gone! (Hmmm- that's a good question!) Here is a sample of the inside of the book to give you an idea. The text is hard to see, but father is singing to the baby, and mother is giving the little girl a bath and only the cat saw... the beautiful fireflies. (This also starts the heated debate whether they are called 'fireflies' or 'lightning bugs.')
There are so many fun cat books to use in the classroom! Here are some of my favorites:
We learn to draw a cat after we read the story. I have them draw as many different cats as they can on one page! It is a fun activity that lets the children practice details and lots of creativity. Andertoons has a cute page to teach how to draw a cat. We do an interactive writing activity to practice drawing a few cats before we head off to experiment with our own.
Cartoon Factory has this one:
Square Cat is another sweet book.
This is a good book for making connections with Spookly the Square Pumpkin when we read that soon- and an easy idea for a square cat craft. Here is a review from Amazon:
Eula is the only square cat in town. Everything that normal cats do is hard for her -- she can't get her square paw into mouse holes, she can't wear her favorite circle skirt, and all of her friends are round! Eula is sad until her two best friends show her just how well a square cat can fit into this round world.
We did a little "chunking" with the "at" blend.
We made this little "at" cat. I have had this for EVER. I got it from an old Mailbox magazine years ago. It is a really fun little activity, and the children love making it.
Next, I found some fabulous word family freebies for "a" families at TPT! Are you ready?! Enjoy! :) There are so many wonderful things out there!
Jessica Kingsbury has a great at- Word Prezi freebie! This was perfect to go with our cat day! She has other word family prezis, too, that are wonderful!
This Word Family of the Week "at" Family Book FREEBIE has LOTS of activities from From the Pond's TPT store- and is perfect for "cat" day! It is the freebie part of their big bundle of Kindergarten Writing Books from their TPT store.
Kinder Kids Fun has free Word Family Practice Sheets for the at, ap, et, ig, ug families. Here is the "at" sheet. It's a great little quick beginning letter sound activity- and some "at" words to read! You could make these into a book for each child to make.
The Word Family Sliders FREEBIE at Julie Van Alst's TPT store are perfect for practicing word families and chunking words. She has sliders for 18 word families.
I Heart Literacy has a free Word Family Short A Onset and Rime Cards set which includes the following families: -at, -an, -ap, -ag, -ad, and -am. These have great pictures and would make a great center.
Amanda Cole made these cute little Word Family Rotating Houses! They are really clever, and the kids would love them. This freebie includes a house for "at" and "an."
Latoya Reed has a wonderful "at" Word Family Mini Pack freebie with 14 activities in it!
Katie Mense made a great Dinosaur Literacy Word Family Center freebie! The children use magnifying glasses to find the hidden word family word on each bone, then record it. My kids will love this center! SO much fun!
Michelle Scotese made a cute Short A Word Family Game for the at, an, ag, ad, ab, am, ap, ar familes, with a frog theme. The children sort the words onto the correct lily pad, then record the words.
Valerie Downs made a Smartboard Interactive Lesson for Word Families that is free at her TPT store. The children can write in the beginning letter to finish the word. This picture is the "an" family, but it also includes -ap, -at, -en, -et, -ig, -it, -og, -op, -ot, -ug, and -un. I haven't tried it, but it looks like fun!
K is for Kinderrific made this cute Write the Room Freebie. You put the bubblegum words around the room ready for the children to find and record.
My Chunky Monkey Prezi is FREE at my TPT store. It has links to some fun word family and blend games and videos. It is the preview to my Beginning Reading Prezi. I also bundled my Beginning Reading and Writing Prezis. I use these almost every day!
Thank you for stopping by and checking meow-t! (My son actually has this shirt... and he pretends he doesn't get MY sense of humor...)
Go get some freebies! :) They could even make Grumpy Cat smile!