RUE Episode 35 CATS 1 Cat Phonics

Cat Phonics? Well, the word “cat” contains the “short A” sound, and I thought I’d help our English learners with some very basic reading skills.  After all, I often urge viewers to read books about our theme, and I sometimes assign reading for homework.  This first episode about cats focuses on a group in Southern Oregon called Committed Alliance to Strays (C.A.T.S.).

Language Objectives:

Recognize the phonetic basis for written English.

Recall the vowels in English: A E I O U and sometimes Y.

Distinguish between vowels and consonants.

Given visual clues and prior knowledge, use Listening Comprehension Skills to identify the main ideas in video clips about cats.

Academic Content Objectives:

Animal Science: Explain the concept of what a stray animal is.

List the habitat needs that may not be met for a stray animal.

Social Studies: Explain how citizens can organize to provide a solution for a community problem (strays).

Explain the role of volunteers in addressing a community problem.

Give examples of the work that volunteers provide for the organization C.A.T.S.

Content Details

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English learners become aware of how communities ban together to humanely address problems.  Stray cats are a problem in Jackson County, and this organization carefully addresses the challenges to help stray cats and find them good homes.  In this episode, we hear from a staff member and a board member, who share with us the work they do to accomplish their mission.

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Video Clips used in Episode 35:


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Language Objectives: Recognize and apply some basic English Phonics in order to increase reading comprehension.

Recognize and reproduce the short A sound.

Recall the vowels in English and distinguish them from consonants.

You visual clues to comprehend a video clip about a known subject.

Episode Summary

Our interview with C.A.T.S. office manager Sandy Fowler and board member Marsha Foster brings us into the world of stray cats and what this organization does to rescue them and get them ready for adoption into good homes.  We learn a lot about the problem of stray cats, and how this program operates to serve their needs.  Watching the clips of the interview, viewers will see the passion and the caring they bring to their mission.  We also introduce some very basic phonics in this episode. That’s designed to help viewers strengthen their comprehension of English in written form and increase their knowledge of our theme about animals. That knowledge base will help future advancement in reading and listening comprehension, and provides the patterning that will help with speaking and writing.


Much of the video seen in this episode was recorded bt Gary Mark Roberts

Next Episode: Go to the Episode 36 page to learn more about cats.

Learning Materials: Click on a slide to enlarge.  Use back arrow to return to Episode 35 page.

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