Saturday, July 25, 2020

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotten

One of the first reading comprehension skills students learn at the beginning of the school year is being able to describe the beginning, middle, and end of a story.  The main characters and the setting are introduced at the beginning of a story.  The biggest problem or decision that needs to be made is described in the middle of the story.  And the solution to the problem or the choice that was made occurs at the end of the story.  Splat the Cat by Rob Scotten (affiliate link to Amazon) is a favorite among students and teachers everywhere.  It is often read during the first week of school to calm the back-to-school jitters students often feel.  Read on to learn more about Splat the Cat and to find out how you can use it to teach beginning, middle, and end to your students.

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotten

🍎 Title: Splat the Cat
🍎 Author: Rob Scotten
🍎 Illustrator: Rob Scotten
🍎 Date: July 1, 2008
🍎 Publisher: Harper Collins
🍎 Pages: 40

Story Summary from Amazon

It's Splat's first day of school, and he's worried. What if he doesn't make any new friends? Nervous kitties wondering about friends and school will enjoy laughing along with Splat the Cat!  Just in case, Splat decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, introduces Splat to the class and he soon starts learning all his important cat lessons.  But when Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do (They chase mice!), Splat's worried again. Maybe now he'll lose all his friends, old and new! Just in time, wise Mrs. Wimpydimple takes charge and teaches everyone an important new lesson.  Maybe Cat School is going to be okay after all! A fun school story to share in the classroom or at home.

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotten

Language Arts Lesson

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Beginning, Middle, End by Kelly's Classroom Online

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Splat the Cat by Rob Scotten

To learn more about Splat the Cat, visit Splat's World on Ron Scotten's website.  You can watch Splat the Cat in this Youtube video by Read Aloud Book for Kids.


Rob Scotten wrote a lot of books about Splat the Cat.  Do you have a personal favorite that you like to read with your students?  If so, tell us in the comments below!

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