The Cat’s Meow In Your Classroom – The Attentionology Tipster

Cats are attentionology tricksters. They make funny sounds that delight young children.

Cats are attentionology tricksters. They make funny sounds that delight young children.

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!

The Attentionology Tipster, a month-long series this May, offers a quick tip today that’s a trick…

The Cat’s Meow in Your Classroom.

This trick is perfect for catching the attention of K – 2 kids.

The Cat’s Meow in Your Classroom also helps children develop sensory skills and language arts appreciation.

Before school one day, hide a stuffed toy cat behind books on a shelf in your room.

As the day gets underway, abruptly ask everyone to hush for a moment because…

…you hear a cat’s meow!

Put on your best theatrical “performance” (no formal training needed) and tell the class to listen with you.

Young kids will readily ride along with the trick. Ask if they hear the cat’s meow too.

Walk to where you’ve hidden the stuffed toy cat and push some books aside to reveal it to the class.

Say, “Look, everyone, I found a little cat hiding here. We did hear the cat’s meow! Wow!”

Use the cat’s meow trick as a hook into a lesson on the power of sound and the joy of language.

Explain to the class that we are all drawn to sounds.

Say the word sound. Ask students to tell you what sounds they think of at the sound of the word sound.

Describe how repeated sounds, like a cat’s “meow, meow, meow” catch attention and create sound effects!

Invite kids to mimic a cat’s meow. Kids love this activity!

Read my poem, My Smart Cat, and invite the class to listen for words in the poem that connect with sound.

My Smart Cat

My smart cat, 

Sometimes when I’m reading or watching TV,

She jumps in my lap, as if to say, “Look at me!”

She’s clever; she’s cuddly; when she purrs, she sounds bubbly.

My cat likes to hide in bags, boxes or drawers,

She even finds spaces behind shelves and doors.

She loves to chase toys, but runs faster to dinner.

My cat’s so much fun; as a pet, she’s a winner!

Offering young children an opportunity to hear and mimic animal sounds is a fun and creative way to develop sensory and language skills, help relieve stress, and transition between lessons in K – 2 classes.

Remember, you don’t need to be a magician to work magic in any instructional setting!

May days remain for new features on The Attentionology Tipster.

Talk with you again soon,

Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet

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Barbara Cleary has been serving as a resource to hundreds of educators for more than 25 years. An award-winning writer, producer, teacher, and trainer, Barbara’s focus is on offering easy, fun tools and tricks that support K-5 curricula and assist teachers with classroom management.
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