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Breaking Cat News – Paper Doll Puppet Guide

Let your middle-graders take center stage and put on their very own paper doll puppet show. Using our free paper doll template, inspired by the cute and lovable Breaking Cat News characters, you can encourage creative expression while also building students’ love of reading. Elvis, Lupin, and Puck, three adorable house cats, take on the most relevant and hilarious news in this delightful comic series. Even if every student doesn’t have cats, they’ll all get a kick out of news stories like The Vacuum Cleaner Is Back!, The Woman Is Cooking Bacon!, and The Ceiling Cats Are Everywhere Tonight!

Once the books have sunk their claws into students, you can introduce this free paper doll template to help them put on a puppet show. The instructions are easy to follow and understand, so budding puppeteers can have their cast created in no time. Encourage middle-graders not only to create the paper dolls, but also to write their own scripts for the show. They’ll have fun writing them, and you’ll have fun seeing what they come up with. They can even use the Breaking Cat News books as inspiration! After the dolls are done and the stage is set, sit back and enjoy the show.

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Cartooning Guide: Draw Your Own Pet News Team

Breaking Cats News is a hilarious and heartwarming series about our cats’ tops concerns. Illustrated by the masterful Georgia Dunn and inspired by her real life feline friends, each book sheds light on the most pressing cat news stories. From back-in-action vacuum cleaners to reports of freshly-cooked bacon, Elvis, Lupin, and Puck always have their paws on the pulse. Now, your middle-grade students can, too! They can create their own cast of characters by following this free downloadable cartooning guide.

First, Georgia provides students with helpful tips about how to get started as cartoonists. Then, she breaks down her illustration process for each of her main characters. She provides bursts of encouragement at each step of the process, and students will feel like master cartoonists in no time. After learning the ins-and-outs of drawing facial expressions and outfits, Georgia invites students to draw their own pets as reporters. And, that’s not all! Once middle-graders have created their pet news team, there’s a handy sheet on the back of this free downloadable cartooning guide that guides them through illustrating an entire scene. Encourage students to get creative, and then hang their news stories around the classroom!

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Drawing Activity with the Breaking Cat News Crew

The felines of Breaking Cat News take journalistic integrity very seriously. They’re always hunting for the latest scoop––whether it be the latest on the vacuum cleaner or the mysterious smell of bacon in the house, this crew means business. Middle-grade fans of this hard-hitting team will love the chance to bring the characters to life. Cartoonist Georgia Dunn has created a free printable drawing activity so students can learn how to draw and ink their own news crew. With helpful tips scribbled throughout, this activity is the cat’s pajamas!

After middle-graders have assembled the perfect cat cohort, direct them to the next stage: creating their own pet news network. Encourage your students to draw their own pets, as well as the furry friends from Breaking Cat News. After all, Lupin, Elvis, and Puck aren’t the only pets with a penchant for the press! Students should imagine their own funny news story, and then they can share with the class.  This free printable drawing activity opens up a world of creative possibilities for pet-lovers.

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