Millions of of Cats by Wanda Gag
Book Synopsis: A lonely old man and women decide to get a cat, but wind up with “hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats”!
Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)
Problem and Solution (2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E) Writing: Narrative (2.12B,3.9, 4.7, 5.7) Math: Estimation/ Number Sense
Creating the Costume: I made the hat with my circle loom and the beard with ribbon and yarn. I picked up stuffed cats as I found them at thrift stores and used fishing line to tie them together.
Delivery: I LOVE this book. I remember it as a kid. I would try and count the cats. I was very surprised when some other teachers did not know this book. I know that it is old (It was published first in 1928) but it is an award-winning classic that I think EVERYONE should know about. I have so many memories connected to this book and was very excited to share it with my students. We worked on problem and solution, evaluating if the solutions they came up with were good ones or not. One of my groups had also been working on using different graphic organizers and it sparked a great conversation about which graphic organizer to use. My students finally came to the realization that there is not a “right” organizer for every reading, but that you pick an organizer depending on what you need to do with the information from the story. We reasoned that if we wanted to describe the cats in the story or answer questions about the cats, a web would help us. However, if we were asked questions or had to retell the story, then a sequence organizer would be better. Also, a plot diagram could be used to help with retelling or a problem/solution organizer to help answer questions and understand the problems and solutions in the story.