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Mrs. Katz and Tush

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Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco

Larnel doesn’t know his neighbor, Mrs. Katz, very well, until he asks her to adopt an abandoned kitten. Mrs. Katz agrees on one condition: that Larnel help her take care of the kitten she names Tush. When Larnel starts spending more and more time with Mrs. Katz to help with Tush, Mrs. Katz tells him stories about coming to America from Poland and about the good times she spent with her late husband. As Larnel grows to love Mrs. Katz, he also learns about the suffering and triumph black history shares with the Jewish heritage.

Author: Patricia Polacco

Website for Patricia Polacco

Other books by Patricia Polacco

The author is also the illustrator.

Topics from the book:

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Online Units and Resources for Mrs. Katz and Tush

Text over illustration of sky and clouds - Time4Learning and Fun for everyone: Online education for PreK-12th
Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.
Text Time4Learning and rotating graphics for math, science, social studies, and language arts

Schooltime Snippets: Rowing Mrs. Katz and Tush

I Am Special
Students will be taught that they each have qualities that make them special in their own way.(Grade K)

Mrs. Katz and Tush Lapbook

Understanding Judaism and the Jewish Community
Students will be introduced to Judaism and the Jewish people through the experience of Mrs. Katz in Mrs. Katz and Tush (1992) by Patricia Polacco. (Grades 3 -- 6)

Culture: An Integrated Thematic Unit
(Grade 2)

Strategies for Teaching the Value of Diversity
(Grades K-3)

Patricia Polacco Lesson Plans
From Web English Teacher. Has lesson plans for a number of Polacco's books and links to author pages and studies.

Mrs. Katz and Tush Study Guide
Part of a Life Cycles thematic unit. The study Guide is at the very end. Great ideas for other stages of life too!!

Why are we featuring this book?

Mrs. Katz and Tush is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for Mrs. Katz and Tush. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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