Shape Cats Freebie and Slice

Have you read this book? I first saw it when Cara at The First Grade Parade wrote about it. I checked it out at Amazon and just knew I had to have it. It is the cutest book. 
Eula the square cat is so sad being square, but with a little help from her friends she finds out it is ok to be square! It’s ok to be different.
Cara does an adorable mystery message to go along with the story with a little help from Eula. I haven’t used it yet, but I am planning on it tomorrow. I think the kiddos will love it.
I came up with another idea my kiddos seemed to love to go along with the book. After discussing how we are all alike in some ways and different in others, I handed out different shapes. I explained that they would be making their own “Shape Cats.” 
They first colored their shapes then used the shapes to make their very own “Eula.” Not only did we get our imaginations roaring, we had some much needed motor skill practice, and color word review.
My kiddos were then asked to name their cats, write about their shape, color and what they liked to do. I had mine copy from the board and fill in the blanks, but I made a printable for you.

Here's an example of what the kiddos might have written.
                My cat is a triangle cat.
                My cat's name is Tres.
                My cat likes to balance things.
                Tres my triangle cat 
                 is good at checkers.
                I like my triangle cat! 
Here are a few pictures of our display in the hallway. They turned out super cute.

Today I introduced Writers Workshop. It went pretty well. Our first plan of action was to make “Schema Maps” so that we have something to draw on when our minds are blank and we can’t think of anything to write.  I don’t have pictures yet but I will soon.
If you want a copy of your own “shape cats” to make you can get them here. Enjoy!  



  1. I have the book! I love it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a cute book, & there are several out there that talk about differences, Tammy. I like what you did to extend the idea.

  3. How adorable! I haven't heard of the book- better wish list it!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  4. Thanks for the great post! Im now following your blog!
    Flying Into First Grade