a fat cat went splat

A Fat Cat Went Splat

A Fat Cat Went Splat
Target text


Read a story that highlights short vowel words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cat
  • fat
  • pat
  • bat
  • sat
  • flat
  • splat


  • Craft sticks
  • Small bowl of water
  • Story pictures*
  • "Before" and "After" photos of the cat*
  • A Fat Cat's Story*
  • A Fat Cat Went Splat target text*

*Items included below. 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will read a true story about a fat cat that did not like to get wet, and that they will write words that end in at, such as fatcatpat, and sat.
Literacy Activities
Tell A Fat Cat's Story

  • Attach the story pictures (found below) to craft sticks as puppets. 
  • Tell A Fat Cat's Story to the children using the puppets and suggested actions.

A Fat Cat's Story

The Story The Actions

My friend’s cat is named Pat. 

Pat is a fat cat. 

Hold up the fat cat puppet.

Show the real "Before" picture of the cat.

One day, Pat, the fat cat, sat by a swimming pool.

But the fat cat did not want to get wet.

Show the picture of a pool.

Let Pat sit by the pool.

Suddenly a bat swooped down. 

Hold the bat puppet over the pool.

Pat, the fat cat, wanted the bat to scat.

The cat wanted to bat at the bat. 

Have the children chant, "Scat, bat, scat!"

Make the cat jump up and bat at the bat. 

Pat, the fat cat, jumped up to swat at the bat.

Swat at the bat saying, "Scat, bat!"

But the cat fell into the water. Splat! 

Let the cat fall in the water. 

The fat cat got mad!

Pat, the fat cat, was mad!

Make mad faces. 

Pat, the fat cat, got out of the water fast.

Get the paper cat out of the water. 

Pat, the fat cat, went pat, pat, pat to his dish.

His feet went pat, pat, pat. 

Pretend hands are paws that go pat, pat, pat. 

And the wet cat dripped -- drip, drop, drip, drop.

Splat, splat, splat! 

Make a water dripping gesture (open and close fingers in a flicking motion).

Pat sat and ate and ate!

And just like that he forgot about the bat.

Have the children rub their tummies.

Show the "after" photo of the wet cat eating from the dish.

Let's pet the fat cat.

Give the cat a pat. 

Make a gesture as if petting the cat. 


Read the A Fat Cat Went Splat story

  • Provide cat puppets to the children.
  • Read the A Fat Cat Went Splat story (found below) to and with the children, providing support as needed.
  • Let the children act out the story.
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SEEL Target Texts

A Fat Cat Went Splat

Once there was a fat cat that sat by a pool.
The fat cat saw a bat.
He did not like that bat.
The fat cat jumped up to get the bat.
The cat did not get the bat.
The cat fell- SPLAT! - into the pool.
And the cat got wet.
Drat! Drat, bat!
The cat was mad.
The fat cat did not want to go SPLAT.
The cat did not want to get wet. 
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.