A Cat Is: Language Arts/Science

Cats are cute. They can be loving and mysterious. Their fur, soft and downy, makes you want to tickle them. They can be
sneaky, too, and pesky; and they are definitely finicky eaters. There are so many words to describe cats. Make an A to Z list
with your class to list all the words they can think of to describe them. I’ve listed a lot below to help you. (Sorry, I couldn’t
think of descriptions that begin with X. If you think of any, let me know.)

A    active, affectionate, alert, athletic, almond-shaped eyes,
B    black, brown, bushy-tailed,
C    calm, curly hair, curious, cuddly, claws
D    domestic, downy-coat
E    ears, energetic, even-tempered, eyes, easy-going,
F    furry, friendly, fluffy, feline, fussy, finicky
G    green-eyed, glossy, golden, gentle, graceful,
H    hardy,
I    inquisitive, independent
J    jumpy
K    kitten
L    long-haired, lively, loving, litter box, lazy
M    mellow, mysterious, meow
N    nervous
O    orange eyes,
P    playful, plush, proud, purr, pets, pesky, picky
Q    quiet, queenly
R    ruddy, racy, restless
S    soft, spotted, short-haired, scary, silky, sleek, sweet, slinky, sneaky
T    tail, temperament, tan, tufted ears, tufted toes,
U    ugly, upbeat
V    velvety
W    wild, whiskers, white,
X
Y    yellow, yawning
Z    zesty, zippy, zappy, zany

Name a Cat: Language Arts/Writing/Science

List breeds of cats: First have children name as many cats as they can think of. Start with the ones from the book That Cat
Can’t Stay
. List them on a chart.
Examples:
Calico
Ginger
Tabby

Add others.
Examples:
Persian
Siamese
Main Coon
Himalayan
Manx
Burmese

Construct Acrostic Poems: Then have the children use the list from the lesson above to construct Acrostic Poems. Acrostic
poems use each letter in the topic word as the beginning letter of a new word to describe the topic. See examples below. (Use
this site for more information on writing acrostic poems:
Acrostics for Children.)

C ats can be
A thletic
L oveable,
I nquisitive, and
C ute with
O range eyes

C ats are
A ffectionate and
L ively. They can be
I ndependent and
C uddly and sometimes
O rnery

P layful
E nergetic
R are
S hort-haired
I nquisitive
A ffectionate
N ervous

SUGGESTED WEBSITES:
(Although I examined these websites and found them to be very helpful, please use them at your own discretion.)

CFA: For Kids About Cats
Math Cats
Cats and Kids
FUN SITE for CAT NAMES
Cat Breed Descriptions


SUGGESTED BOOKS:
I Always, ALWAYS Get My Way written by Thad Krasnesky; illustrated by David Parkins
Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! written by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter; illustrated by Steve James
How Many Cats? written by Lauren Thompson; illustrated by Robin Eley
The Best Cat written and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake written and illustrated by Laura Numeroff
Activity Guide / Lessons Plan by Donna O'Donnell Figurski  
That Cat Can't Stay
Written by Thad Krasnesky
Illustrated by David Parkins
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