FC: The Cat That Lost Her Meow Written by: Melissa Mansfield
1: Alice the cat woke up one day and discovered that her meow was missing.
2: She headed out to ask her friend Pete the black cat if he had seen her Meow. "Excuse me Pete, but I seem to have lost my meow. Do you know where it went? Pete answered, I'm sorry, but I haven't seen your meow. But you could ask the goat, maybe he knows where it went.
3: So Alice set out to find the Goat.
4: Alice found the goat sitting in the sun. Excuse me Mr. Goat, I seem to have lost my meow. Do you know where it went?
5: The goat answered, I'm sorry, I haven't seen your meow. You could ask the goose, maybe she knows where it went? | So Alice set out to find the goose.
6: Alice found the goose wandering by the water. Excuse me Mrs. Goose, but I seem to have lost my meow. Do you know where it went? Mrs. Goose answered, I'm sorry, I haven't seen your meow. You could ask the giraffe, maybe he knows where it went.
7: So Alice set out to find the giraffe.
8: Alice found the giraffe stretching his neck high into the sky. Excuse me Mr. Giraffe, I seem to have lost my meow. Do you know where it went? | I'm sorry, but I haven't seen you meow. You could ask the parrot, maybe he knows where it went.
9: So Alice set out over the bridge to find the parrot.
10: ALice found the parrot sitting in a tree. Excuse me Mr. Parrot, but I seem to have lost my meow. Do you know where it went? | Mr. Parrot answered, I'm sorry, but I haven't seen it. You could climb the stairs up to the horse, maybe he knows where it went.
11: So Alice climbed up the stairs to find the horse.
12: Alice found the horse grazing in the grass. Excuse me Mr. Horse but I seem to have lost my meow. Do you know where it went?
13: Mr. Horse answered, I'm sorry but I haven't seen you meow. Take the sailboat across the sea and ask the wise polar bear if he knows where it went. | So Alice set out across the sea to find the wise polar bear.
14: Alice found the wise polar bear sitting amongst the cliffs, gazing upon the sea. Excuse me Mr. Wise Polar Bear, but I seem to have lost my meow. Do you know where it went? The Wise Polar bear thought for a moment then said to Alice, Of course I know where it is. You do? Asked Alice in a very eager sort of way. Sure I do. Said the Wise Polar Bear. You see Alice, your meow was never lost in the first place. It wasn't? asked Alice, confused and curious. No, it's been inside of you the whole time. You just need to find the courage to let it out.
15: After thinking about what the Wise Polar Bear said to her, she decided to try and meow. She took a deep breathe, squeezed her face really tight, and opened wide... MEEEOO..... Not quite, said the Wise Polar Bear. But you're close. Try again, but this time, you must believe in yourself. Alice thought very hard and took another deep breathe. She squeezed her face even tighter and opened her mouth real wide...MEEEEEEEOOOOWWWW. It worked. Alice had found her MEOW. Thank you Mr.Wise Polar Bear. The Wise Polar Bear waved goodbye to Alice and said...Just remember to believe in yourself and the courage you need to succeed will always be in your heart.
16: Alice traveled back home over the sea, across the bridge, and found her friend Pete. Alice told Pete about the journey she took to find her meow, and how the wise polar bear told her that all she has to do is believe in herself and the courage to meow was always in her heart. Pete gave Alice a hug and then they ran off into the woods to celebrate.
17: The End.
18: Grade Level: Kindergarten Length: 45-60 minutes Objective 1: Students should be able to identify the pattern of the cat and it's attempt to find it's "meow". Objective 2: Students should be able to understand the concept of "finding courage within" and then discuss. Objective 3: Students should be able to relate this story of finding courage to something in their own life with the discussion and help of the teacher. Activity: Students are to create their own drawing with pictures, showing a time when they needed to find something that they had lost of which was very important to them. Students will then tell the class what it was that they'd lost, and why it meant so much to them. Then they will tell the class how they found it by explaining the steps they took to find it. By doing this project, the students will develop a sense of how they felt when they lost something very important to them and be able to understand that sometimes, things are hard to find because we don't look hard enough. Goals: To teach children that they need to dig deeper to find self-confidence and courage. Also, to have them learn that everything has a pattern to follow in order to get to the next step.
19: All pictures were taken by Melissa Mansfield. Text and storyline is an original idea.