Millions of Cats
Author/Illustrator: Wanda Gag
Publication Year: 1928
Brief Summary: A very old man sets out to find the perfect cat for him and his wife.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- John Newbery Medal, 1929 Honor Book United States
- Review counting and number concept — how big is ten, hundred, thousand, million, etc. What are different ways we can talk about numbers?
- Have children draw and decorate their special cat — then have them put it on a poster/bulletin board with the rhyme.
- Read an informational book about different cat breeds…what is the student’s favorite? Make a chart to see if any one type of cat is the most popular.
- What makes a perfect pet? Are some more appropriate depending on the house you live in? The kind of neighborhood? Describe your perfect pet.
- What do you need to do to take care of a pet?
- Plan a field trip to an animal shelter.
- Other lesson ideas can be found at http://minnesotahumanities.org/resources/MNMillionsofCats.pdf
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Text-to-self connections
- Text-to-world connections
- Social studies: taking care of pets
- Science: study of cats/pets
- Math – chart making; taking polls
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library