A Rat, a Cat, or a Bat
- Whiteboard and marker (or paper and pencil)
- Drawing Instructions
- A Rat, a Cat, or a Bat target text
- Word blending cards
The children that they get to draw a magic rat, cat, and bat as they read and write words ending in –at such as cat, bat, rat, and sat.
Is it a Rat, a Cat, or a Bat?
- While telling the story, A Rat, a Cat, or a Bat, draw a rat, cat, and bat, described as follows:
- To draw a rat: Draw a small circle sitting on top of the larger circle, dots for eyes and nose, two round ears, whiskers, and a long thin tail in a rainbow shape to the right. Write rat underneath it and have the child read the word altogether.
- To change the rat into a cat: Draw pointed ears over the round ears and make the tail fat. Change the letter R in rat to the letter C to make cat. Have the children read cat altogether.
- To change the cat into a bat: Extend the tail to look like a bat wing. Draw a wing on the left of the bat. Change the letter C in cat to the letter B to make bat. Have the children read bat altogether.
- Hand out a white boards and marker to each child (or a paper and pencil). Take them through each step of drawing a rat, a cat, and a bat.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel:
- rat → cat; fat → bat; sat → pat
- pat → pot; cat → cut; bat → bit
- bat → bag; cat → car; rat → ram
Read target words within a text
- Give each child a copy of the A Cat, a Bat, or a Rat story target text.
- Have each child underline the words ending in –at.
Write about the activity using target words and phrases
- As a class, create a list of –at words on the white board.
- Have the children write under their drawn rat, cat and bat: I am a rat. I am a cat. I am a bat.
- Tell each child to write a few sentences in which they describe how they get to draw a rat, a cat, and a bat. Encourage them to use as many –at words from the board as they can.
SEEL Target Texts
A Rat, a Cat, or a Bat?
SEEL At Home
Read and write words ending in -at.
- Is it a Rat, a Cat, or a Bat? story and drawing instructions
Activity: Is it a Rat, a Cat, or a Bat?
- Ask your child if he or she remembers how to draw a rat, a cat and a bat.
- Read the Is it a Rat, a Cat, or a Bat? story with your child, while drawing a rat, bat, and cat as described:
- To draw a rat: Draw a small circle sitting on top of the larger circle, dots for eyes and nose, two round ears, whiskers, and a long thin tail in a rainbow shape to the right. Have your child write rat underneath it.
- To change the rat into a cat: Draw pointed ears over the round ears and make the tail fat. Have your child change the letter Rr in rat to the letter Cc to make cat.
- To change the cat into a bat: Extend the tail to look like a bat wing. Draw a wing on the left of the bat. Have your child change the letter Cc in cat to the letter Bb to make bat.
- Have your child underline all the -at words in the Is it a Rat, a Cat or a Bat? story.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
A Rat, a Cat, or a Bat