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"C" Cat Cheetah Cub Adventure Starts Here

Begin with Alfie’s Letter C Video

After introducing the letter C to your class, enjoy the Alfie’s Letter C video!

Kids should stand and move to all the videos. Remember, research shows kids retain information better when they are up and moving. March in place, dance or follow along to the moves.

The Letter

The Animal

C

Cat–cheetah cat

The Movement

Get down low on all fours and imagine silently moving through the tall African grass. Hold still, and then, stand and charge as fast as you can. It’s called a cheetah charge and they are loads of fun to do again and again. If space is limited, you can pretend to run super-fast in place. Pick your knees up high and move your arms.

Thought Starters

Using their imaginations children can move around like cheetahs making friends, sounds, and gestures while they experience the joy that comes from pretend play.  

  • How would it feel to be a cheetah?

  • How would you move?

  • Can you move fast?

  • Can you move slow?

  • Who would you make friends with?

  • What would you do for fun?

  • What sounds would you make?

Brain Break

Continue the learning during Brain Breaks. Encourage kids to move an play along.

See, Say, and Move

Section 1: An Introduction to Letters 

Below you will find inspiration on how to put the letter C learning pages into  action. The bold and italicized words correspond with the learning pages available for free download, or purchase.

Print or purchase the Moving Through the Alphabet poster on an 11 x 17 piece of paper. If possible, laminate it for durability.

Introduce…..

….the Letter C! See and say the letter.

….the Animal, a Cat–cheetah cat.

….the Move: Cheetah stalk and charge.

Get down low on all fours and imagine silently and slowly moving through the tall African grass. Hold still, and then, stand and charge as fast as you can. This move is called a Cheetah Charge and it is loads of fun to do again and again. If space is limited, you can pretend to run super-fast in place. Pick your knees up high and swing your arms. 

Add the Letter C Wall Card.

Add the letter C movement to the A and B movements in your morning routine. You should now have 3 moves to start the day!

I Can pages are the companion activity pages that go along with Moving Through the Alphabet posters. Building confidence is an important tool to help navigate life and it begins in childhood. The “I Can” pages reinforce a child’s ability to accomplish a letter and a move. Print the I Can Letter C page for every child to color, trace the letters, and do the move.

Say the words, “I CAN run like that cat!”

See the letter. Color it. Say the letter, letter sound and word “cat” while moving like a cheetah cat.

Alfie’s letter page to color in class or send home for more letter recognition fun.

Group Time.  Pretend play–Act it Out page. Have children color all the letter Cs on the page and then color the cheetah cat mask. Offer help to cut out the mask if children need it, especially the eye holes. The children can incorporate the mask using their imaginations as they pretend to be cheetahs.

Thought starters: How would it feel to be a cheetah? How would you move? Can you move fast? Can you move slow? Who would you make friends with? What would you do for fun? What sounds would you make?  

Using their imaginations children can move around like cheetahs making 

friends, sounds, and gestures while they experience the joy that comes from pretend play.  

Discussion: How are all cats alike? Include both physical similarities and behavioral similarities.

Print out the Animal Letter Wall Card for letter C. If possible, print it in color and laminate it for durability. We also sell these cards on the website to make things easier. Print the children’s matching letter C for them to trace, color and do the movement. The movement for letter C is running in place. The word is cat. The children glue their letter C card on their own personal Animal Letter Wall.

Get the See, Say, and Go pages using the links below.

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Do and Go Sound Search

Moving on to Section 2: Phonics

  1. Letter C Activity Tree. This activity page can be done in the classroom or at home. It’s a great way to involve parents with their children’s literacy learning. Print out the page for each child. Explain, “Every time you do an activity, you get to color the branch”. Start with any branch. Read the activity, for example “5 minutes of climbing”. This activity does not have to take place on equipment. 

It’s tons of fun to pretend to climb like a cat or a chipmunk–fast, slow, big, small, high, low right in the room. Turn up the music and emphasize the word with the movement. After 5 minutes of pretend (or actual) climbing have children color  the branch.

Outside Letter Sound Dance. Say the lines of the song and have the children repeat each line. Head outside or to the gym for more space and to add movement to the song.

Adventures in the Great Big Outside World: Letter C. Sing the song and do the moves. This is a wonderful song to use when teaching the butterfly life cycle. Ask children to circle their hands around eyes like binoculars. Look high and low, far and close. Follow along with the moves and add some of your own.

Cat Callers. Two at a Time or Group Play. Print a Cat Caller page for every child.  Read the page. Practice the /c/ sound and the word cat. Have children glue the page onto construction paper. Cut out the cats. Follow the directions on the page. Be sure to have children say the word “cat” after every species. Example, Lion cat, Leopard cat. All these animals are in the cat family.

Go, go! Oh, no! Game. High frequency site words.  Print out the Go, go! Oh, no! game cards. It’s ideal if you can print these in color and even laminate them. We also sell these pages on the website to make things easier. This game is played like red light, green light, and introduces children to common site words. When a child holds up the Go, go! card the kids run and dance. When a child holds up the Oh, no! skunk card everyone freezes.

Outside Moving to the Letter Sounds. Caterpillar Crawl. Do a caterpillar crawl, a bird call, catch a ball. Put moves the words to reinforce their meaning.

Get the Do and Go Sound Search pages using the links below.

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Read and Romp

Singing Our Way to Section 3: Site Words

Cheetah Cub Catch part 1 & 2. Print out a Cheetah Cub Catch page for every child. Print out the Cat Cub Teaching Tool as a teacher guide. Hold up the cat cub teaching tool. Say and practice the words. Read the first part of Cheetah Cub Catch page to the children. Ask the questions, “How many spots, how many cubs?” Have them say or write their answers on the page. Move on to the Romp part: 1) Read it, 2)Have children glue their page onto construction paper for more durability, 3)Cut out the spots and head to the gym or outside for the “romp.” 

If children are struggling with their cutting skills, or if time is limited, please use other objects such as blocks, balls, bean bags, etc. for the cheetah cubs. 

 

Cheery Lost Her Spots. Print the Charge Cheery Cheetah page for every child. Practice the /ch/ sound while children charge like Cheery and add colorful spots to their page.

A Very Fast Cat” read aloud. Print out a color version and laminate the page. It may also be ordered from our website. Read the story and run outside like a very, fast cat. Act it Out. Kids act out sections of the story. For example, in this section: “I can run faster than a busy baboon, a wild racoon, a momma bear, or a frightened hare,” ask children to act out how each of these animals move.  Retell it: Kids retell the story to each other. Draw it/Write it. Draw pictures and write letters/words that represent the story.

Cheetah starts with Ch.  Print the page for every child. This activity page may be combined with the cheetah mask.

Ch-Ch-Ch Sound Dance. Sing the song. Encourage the children to make up their own creative imaginative dance. Clap, snap and jump along.

A Ch Story. Sing the song. Encourage the children to make up their own creative, imaginative dance. Clap, snap, leap, lunge, roll and run. Make it fun. 

Rhyme Time with Alfie. Singing nursery rhymes and reading Rhyme Time pages builds phonological awareness skills, especially the ability to recognize rhyming words, notice rhyming words, and create rhyming words. Read the first sentence. Have children repeat it. Read second sentence, and so on. Act it Out:  Divide children into the hat group–they wear funny hats, the tiny cat group, the lion group, and the rat group. 

Thought Starters: Can you balance the hat on your arm, hand, knee? Where would you like to set the hat? How would the tiny cat move? Does it like the hat? How does the big cat move? Why does it sit on the hat? What was the rat doing under the hat? What will happen next? Say each sentence while kids act it out. The children don’t have to sit on each other when the big cat sits on the hat. Instead, have them create funny moves like sprawling out flat on their stomachs. The big cats can put paws on the kids that are wearing hats.

CVC words are the basic, three-letter words that are the stars of easy readers and first books. In this acronym, the C stands for “consonant” and the V stands for “vowel;” therefore, CVC words begin with a consonant, have a single letter vowel sound, and end with a consonant. All rhyme time stories use CVC words. Cat, hat, rat are the CVC words used in the letter C rhyme.

Moving Story Station. This station can be ordered from the website. Pick a poster for circle time. Pass out props and have children add to the story. 

Write it Out: Write down the imaginative story children create with the poster 

and props. 

Retell it: Have children retell it to each other.

Draw it:  Have children create a picture of their version of the story.

Weekly Word Wiggle-movement-based activity to do at home/school. The wiggle word for Letter C is Crawl. Crawl fast and slow, in a straight line or in a wiggly line. Crawl with big movements and tiny movements. Crawl on your hands and knees. Crawl on your hands and toes. Crawl across the floor, up a wall or on the ceiling. Do the caterpillar crawl.

Introduction to Letters: See, Say, and Move

See the letter.

Color it.

Say the letter.

Move!

Letter Sounds Downloadable Sheets

Animal Letter Wall Card

Print out the Animal Letter Wall Card for letter C. Its great if you can print it in color and even laminate it. Print the children’s matching letter C for them to trace and do the movement. The movement for letter C is running in place. The word is cat. The children glue their letter C card on their own personal Animal Letter Wall.

I Can Page

Every letter has a move and an animal. Sound the word cat while moving like a cheetah cat.

“I Can” pages that go along with Moving Through the Alphabet posters. Building confidence is an important tool to help navigate life and it begins in childhood. The “I Can” pages reinforce a child’s ability to accomplish of “Do” something.

Print Letter C every child to color, trace the letters, and do the move. Say the words, “I can run like that cat!” Say the letter, sound and word “cat” while

Print the children’s matching letter C for them to trace and do the movement. The movement for letter C is running in place. The word is cat. The children glue their letter C card on their own personal Animal Letter Wall.

Alfie Coloring Page

Pretend Play Page

Have children color all the letter Cs on the page

Cheetah Cat Mask

Color the cheetah cat mask. Help them cut out the mask if they need it, especially the eye holes. The children will incorporate the mask using their imaginations as they pretend to be cheetahs.

Color Card

Print out for every child on their page.

Letter C Phonics: Do, and Go Sound Search!

 This Section is called Do and Go Sound Search. It involves “doing” an activity and “going” outside to explore whenever possible.

Letter C Activity Tree. This can be done in the classroom or at home. It’s a great way to involve parents with their children’s literacy learning. Print out the page for every child. Explain that every time they do an activity, they get to color the branch. Start with any branch. Read the activity, for example “5 minutes of climbing”. This does not have to take place on any equipment. It’s tons of fun to pretend to climb like a cat or a chipmunk–fast, slow, big, small, high, low. Turn up the music and emphasis the word with the movement. After 5 minutes of pretend or actual climbing have children color the branch.

Alfie’s letter page to color in class or send home for more letter recognition fun.

Two at a Time or Group Play: Cat Callers. Print a Cat Caller page for every child.  Read the page. Practice the c sound and the word cat. Have children glue the page onto construction paper. Cut out the cats. Follow the directions on the page. Be sure to have children say the word cat after every species. Example, Lion cat, Leopard cat. All these animals are in the cat family.

Try a Ch-Ch-Ch Sound Dance. Sing song. Encourage children to make up their own creative imaginative dance.

Try writing a Ch Story

Weekly Word Wiggle-movement-based activity to do at home/school-

Sight Words: Read and Romp

This section is called Read and Romp. It involves reading stories, introducing more phonic activities, letter combinations, like “Ch” and site words. Read a sentence or story and romp (play energetically) along.

Cheetah Cub Catch part 1 & 2.

Print out a Cheetah Cub Catch page for every child. Print out the Cat Cub Teacher Tool as a teacher guide. Hold up the cat cub teacher tool. Say and practice the words. Read the first part of Cheetah Cub Catch page to the children. Ask the questions, “how many spots, how many cubs?” Have them say or write their answers on the page. Move on to the Romp part: Read it. Have children glue the page onto construction paper for more durability. Cut out the spots and head to the gym or outside for the “romp.” If children are struggling with cutting skills please use any object-blocks, balls etc. for the cheetah cubs.

Cheery Lost Her Spots. Print the Charge Cheery Cheetah for every child. Practice the /ch/ sound while children charge like Cheery and add colorful spots to their page.

Print out a color version and laminate “A Very Fast Cat” read aloud. This page may also be ordered from our website. Read the story and run outside like a very, fast cat.

Cheetah starts with Ch.  Print this page for every child. This activity page may be combined with the cheetah mask.

Rhyme Time with Alfie. Singing nursery rhymes and reading Rhyme Time pages builds phonological awareness skills, especially the ability to recognize rhyming words, notice rhyming words and create rhyming words. Read the first sentence. Have children repeat it. Read second sentence, and so on. Act out the rhyme time: Divide children into the hat group-have them wear funny hats, the tiny cat group, the lion group, and the rat group. Say each sentence while kids act it out. The children don’t have to sit on each other when the big cat sits on the hat. Instead, have them create funny moves like sprawling out flat on stomachs. The big cats can put paws on the kids that are wearing hats.

Moving Story Station. Pick a poster for circle time. Pass out props and have children add to the story. Write it out. Have children retell it to each other.

Draw a picture of their version of the story.

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