Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards ~ Cat Theme

Cats Story Starters Printable Photo Cards

Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards feature a simple photograph on the front, with word ideas on the back.  You can see more about why they were created and how we use them here in our original post!

We have a brand new CAT set for you today, with 18 different photographs. My daughter helped me choose some of these and was giggling as we picked them.  A reader shared with me that she plans to use these with her ESL students, what a great idea!

Here’s one of the stories my daughter wrote using one of our cat cards!

Story Starters Cat Theme

 

Below you can see the photographs included in this set, there are matching word idea cards for each photo also!

Cat Photo Printables Cat Photo Printables Cat Photo Printables

 

See a video walk through here showing you how we use and organize our cards, and the extra printables we use alongside of them.

 

We have more themes coming and many will be released here on my blog for FREE.  I am also listing sets in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss any of our free printables!

Have a theme idea for a set? Leave me a comment!

Download your free Cats Story Starters here!

Inspire Me Story Starters Cats


The printables shown below were were created to go along with our story starters! 

Choose-your-Own-Writing-Paper  Choose-Your-Own-Alphabet-Chart  Try It Sheet


Summer Fun Story Starters Printables  Bugs Story Starters Printable Photo Cards


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The Dog Who Had Kittens ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, The Dog Who Had Kittens!

The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Study In Action

I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. It was VERY simple this time and she helped me create it.  She has tons of dog and cat stuffed animals so I had her choose which ones she thought looked most like Eloise, Baxter and the kittens from the book.

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We also let many other doggies and kitties come along, as well as our collection of cat and dog books.  This is a shot of our “extras” basket.

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Instead of sorting in folders for each day, I put together a binder.  I put the activities in the order I wanted her to do them, but we went out of order on some!

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Day One

We began by reading the book, which is a big time favorite!  We then went on to our first activity, sorting baby and adult animals.

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We then made patterns using images of kittens, Eloise and Baxter…

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Finally, we worked on “D is for…

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Day Two

We began with, the graphing dogs.  She loved this!!

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We did the character connection about being grateful, but no photos! 

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Then she did the story problems, but I also didn’t get a photo of her! She loved this, she is very into math right now.

Story Problems

 

Finally we used the “Describe a Basset Hound” page and had lots of laughs together.  During this we also searched online for other pictures of Basset Hounds and she decided she NEEEEDS a “Basket” Hound because they are soooooo cuuuute.

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Day Three

She painted a cat and dog in honor of Baxter and Eloise.

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Day Four

She cut out and put together the dog and cat she painted the day before..

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We then sequenced the story together…

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Finally, we found sight words in the book…

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Day Five

She loved the simple “What did Baxter do?” activity focusing on days of the week.

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We then did the comprehension questions

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Finally she traced as we discussed the Bible verse and how Eloise was thankful to Baxter in the end of the story.

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables   Toys and Books to go along with The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten UnitThe Dog Who Had Kittens Pinterest Board

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See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

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See other Kindergarten Literature Units in action…

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My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, My Cats Nick and Nora, during the past two weeks.  We started homeschool On Aug 11, but had 2 short weeks due to scheduled events.  We did 4 days of lessons, spread out over those 2 weeks.

My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit In Action



I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. I borrow books from the library and also toys from friends to enrich our learning. I gather toys from around the house too {well, actually I send my older boys on a hunt to find things for me}.

This particular unit was simple, CATS! I started with just two cats to represent Nick and Nora from the story.  I also put a portion of our 3-part cat breeds cards in our mini pocket chart.  The extra pieces are in the little kitty bucket {Target dollar spot}.  Our collection of cat books on the bottom, and that was it!

The full set-up…

Cat Theme Set Up Kindergarten

I divided up our activities into 4 hanging folders, they are behind our You Can Read unit in this basket. I follow a very loose lesson plan and shift things around as needed or desired. I do not stress out at all about what does or does not get done each day.  We just have fun together and learn as we go!

I tried something new by taking small video clips for you throughout our unit.  Let me know if these are helpful to you.


Day One

She immediately wanted to add cats to the set up and gathered every kitty she owns.  They participated in matching up the 3 part cat breed cards in our small pocket chart!.  L loved learning the names of the the cats and finding the best match in her bunch of stuffed kitties.

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Then we read the book together and identified which cats of hers best represented the cats in the book; Nick, Nora, and Fluffy.

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Balloon color word matching

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We had a nice talk for the character connection, discussing what made Fluffy a mean kitty and how he could have been nicer.

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Lots of role playing with the kitties.

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Then to the table to color the color-by-number rainbow cat

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We finished by doing the “N is for Nick, Nora, and…” activity!

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Day Two

I had the rest of the cats from the 3 part cat breed cards ready for her and she loved that they were different from day one!

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Here’s a video clip of her working on the 3 part cat cards.

 

We made a pipe cleaner cat craft using directions we found here!

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She worked on her favorite pet graph, here she was asking her biggest brother to choose his favorite.

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She loved the sorting cats activity.  First she sorted by babies and adults.  Then she sorted by color.

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Here’s a video clip of us working on sorting cats together.

 

We read the book every day, and used stuffed animals to help us.

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Here she was putting the parts of the story in order.

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Day Three

I pulled out the sight word cats that she knew and we went through the book together finding them.  This was a GREAT review and lots of fun!

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Here’s a bit of video action

 

She really liked the balloon color graphing activity.  She used stickers to record on her graph.

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After completing the graph, she wrote in the numbers on the recording sheet.

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Here’s a video clip of her working on the graph…

 

We sorted rhyming words together, and she taped them on when we were done.

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We talked about being a Godly friend as she traced the word friend on our Bible verse page.

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Day Four

She loved the coin sorting activity, it was a lot of hands on fun.

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Here’s a video clip of her in action.

 

We also did the comprehension questions for the book.  Here’s a tiny video clip of her answering one of the questions with me.

 

I didn’t get photos for some reason, but she also completed her writing activity {you can see it hanging on the far left in the final photo below}.


All of our work from this unit!  She had so much fun and we made great memories together!

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See our printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printables  Toys and Books to go along with My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten UnitMy Catsa Nick and Nora Pinterest Board

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See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

 

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables



Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables ~ The Dog Who Had Kittens

The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables



Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready!  I continue to develop literature unit studies behind the scenes and am excited to share our next free printable unit with you.

A few have asked if I am going in the order the books are listed here on the blog, and the answer is NO.  I am going in random order and that list is not set in stone.  On the website here, at the bottom, I will share the next 2 books I am working on so you’ll have a bit of notice in case you need it.

The Dog Who Had Kittens is a favorite book of Ladybug’s, featuring Eloise the cat and Baxter the dog.  I had never heard of this book until it showed up in a stack of books someone gave us. It is on the longer side, so you’ll want to snuggle up if you plan to read this each day during the unit.  This is a sweet story and a great one if you have a dog or cat lover like I do!


In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!

lesson plan

For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose patterns, days of the week, story problems, and graphing.

sorting dogs and cats   days of the week printable

Basic Story Problems   Graphing Dog Breeds

Lots of literacy activities; Letter D sound, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, writing, and sight word work.

What Begins with D   Story Sequencing

Comprehension   Sight Words

Writing

For our Science focus, children will describe the particular features of a Basset Hound {we will try to grab a non-fiction book about Basset Hounds for this activity too}, and also sort adult/baby animals.

Describe a Basset Hound   Sorting Adult and Baby Animals

The character connection is focused on being grateful, as Eloise learned to be in the end.

Being Grateful

Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best.

Psalm 106:1 Printable   Psalm 106:1 Printable

Psalm 106:1 Printable   Psalm 106:1 Printable

Coloring pages for fun!Coloring

I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

The Dog Who Had Kittens Pinterest Board

 

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Toys and Books to go along with The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Unit

 

~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  We will also be sharing more free literature based printables soon too!  See other units here!

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Cats and Dogs Coloring Printables

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added  new Cats and Dogs Coloring printables! We have two Kindergarten Literature Units coming up, one based on the book My Cats Nick and Nora, and the other based on the book The Dog Who Had Kittens {this unit hasn’t been released yet}. I wanted to have some dog and cat coloring pages ready for her.

Dogs and Cats Coloring Printables FREE

Download the Cats and Dogs coloring printables and more here!

Look for this graphic and click to download!Just Color Cats and Dogs

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here


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