Fat Cat Matt


Recognize words that rhyme with cat (e.g., "Do fat and cat rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with cat.”).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • cat
  • fat
  • bat
  • flat
  • pat 


  • Story graphics*
  • Craft sticks

* items included below

The children will hear about a fat cat named Matt as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with cat, such as fat, Matt, pat, and sat

Literacy Activities
Fat Cat Matt’s story

  • Attach the story graphics (see below) to craft sticks as puppets. 
  • Tell the Fat Cat Matt Story to the children using the puppets and suggested actions.

Fat Cat Matt Story

Say: Suggested Action:
My friend’s cat is named Matt. Matt the cat loves to eat. Now Matt is a fat cat. Hold up the fat cat puppet. 
One day, Matt the fat cat was sitting by the pool.  Show the picture of a pool and point out where Matt sat. 
Suddenly a bat swooped down. Matt the fat cat jumped to catch the bat, but the bat was over the pool.  Hold up the bat puppet.
Matt the fat cat hates to get wet, and he was over the pool.    Ask, “What do you think will happen to Matt the fat cat?” 
Matt the fat cat tried to swat the bat with his paws.  Have the children pretend to swat at the bat saying, “SCAT, BAT!”
But he fell right into the water. Splat!    Put the cat in the bowl with water. 
Matt the fat cat doesn’t like water, so he swam fast to get out. Matt the fat cat was mad!  Have the children make mad faces and say “Meow, meow!” and “Hiss hiss!”    
Matt the fat cat knew what would make him feel better.  Ask, “What will make fat cat Matt feel better?” 
As he walked to his house, his feet went pat, pat, pat and the water drops went splat, splat, splat.   Have the children use their feet like paws and say, “Pat, pat, pat.” Pretend to have water drip and say, “Splat, splat, splat.” 
Matt the fat cat found his food in the cat dish. Matt sat and ate! He laid flat and forgot about the bat just like that.  Have the children lay flat and purr, and then pat their tummies saying, “Pat, pat, pat.” 


More Practice
Identify target words in text

  • Provide cat puppets for the children to retell the Fat Cat Matt Story.
  • While working in pairs or small groups, invite one child to tell the story while the rest of the group raises their cat puppets every time they hear a word that rhymes with cat.


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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with cat


  • Story graphics
  • Craft sticks
  • Fat Cat Matt Story

Activity: Fat Cat Matt 

  • Attach the story graphics (see below) to craft sticks to make puppets.
  • Read the Fat Cat Matt Story (see below) with your child and act it out with the puppets.
  • Read through the story again slowly, and have your child pat his or her head every time they hear a word that rhymes with cat in the story.  
  • Help your child think of other words that rhyme with cat, such as pat, mat, hat, and sat.



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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.