They All Saw A Cat Resource Set

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They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

A cat wanders through the world and is seen differently by the various animals and people he encounters; to a child the cat is playful and soft, while a mouse sees a giant monster with sharp teeth. Through imaginative illustrations and simple, repetitive text, author Brendan Wenzel shares his message about perspective and provides an excellent anchor text for developing comprehension skills focused on making connections and inferences, understanding text structure, and retelling and summarizing.

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
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  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Adding -s to Make Plural Words
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
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  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.5 RL.1.6 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Connections: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Inferences: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.6 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Word Work: RF.1.3 RF.1.4
  • Vocabulary: L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: 1.10A 1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C
  • Making Connections: 1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6I 1.7A 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C
  • Making Inferences: 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6F 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C
  • Retelling & Summarizing: 1.10A 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.8D 1.9C
  • Understanding Text Structure: 1.10B 1.10C 1.10D 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6D 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C
  • Word Work: 1.2B(v)
  • Vocabulary: 1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F
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    They All Saw A Cat Resource Set

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with They All Saw A Cat

    Following the changing appearance of the cat throughout Brendan Wenzel's They All Saw A Cat is the perfect springboard for discussing how the cat's appearance is influenced by each character's perspective. Use this identifying the author's purpose mini lesson to help guide student thinking.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.5 RL.1.6 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10A 1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C

    Making Connections with They All Saw A Cat

    As readers practice seeing the cat from each animal's perspective, they will make valuable connections that lead to a better understanding of Brendan Wenzel's They All Saw A Cat. This focused mini lesson encourages readers to use the text, illustrations, and their own knowledge of the animals to make text-to-world, text-to-text, and text-to-self connections.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6I 1.7A 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C

    Making Inferences with They All Saw A Cat

    Most students have some background knowledge about how cats react to animals such as dogs and mice. When this knowledge is combined with the vivid illustrations in They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel, it is a recipe for making successful inferences about how each animal feels when they encounter the cat.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6F 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C

    Retelling and Summarizing with They All Saw A Cat

    This retelling and summarizing mini lesson shows readers how paying attention to the setting and characters helps them remember the important information in the story. Students will enjoy being challenged to remember each of the animals using the giant patchwork cat near the end of the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10A 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.8D 1.9C

    Understanding Text Structure with They All Saw A Cat

    Use this understanding text structure mini lesson and They All Saw A Cat with students working on identifying description and sequencing text structures. Brendan Wenzel wrote and illustrated the text in such a way that the pictures can be used for successful comprehension strategy practice for all levels of readers.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.6 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10B 1.10C 1.10D 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6D 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C

    They All Saw A Cat Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    They All Saw A Cat Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of They All Saw A Cat. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    They All Saw A Cat Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of They All Saw A Cat.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, Reader's Notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    They All Saw A Cat Word Work - Plural Nouns

    They All Saw A Cat is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about plural nouns. Either download the They All Saw A Cat Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games, and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.1.3 RF.1.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.2B(v)

    They All Saw A Cat Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of They All Saw A Cat if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the They All Saw A Cat Resource Set.

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