Man, Cat, Rat Song

    • Song:  Man Cat Rat (short  'a' song)
    • Learning Objectives: This phonics song helps to review the short vowel 'a' and word families (at, an, ad, ap, ast, atch). This song is adapted from our phonics story book. Also check out the stories section here:

After teaching the song, read the story. You may also teach the story before singing the song.

Song Worksheet

    • How to Teach: Turn on the music and the video. Let the students listen and watch once or twice. Break down the song and teach. To do that, tell students you will sing one line and they will sing the next.

Students' Line: Man had a cat.
Teacher's Line: It was so fat.
Students' Line: Sat on his lap.
Teacher's Line: And had a nap
After this, change lines.

Keep doing this until the students can sing the song without teacher involvement. Next, ask students to pick out words that rhyme. Ask for other words that rhyme with the words in the song. Depending on the level, have the students replace a few word families in these song to make a new song with different words but the same word families.

Song Worksheet:
After teaching learners to sing the song, have the students do some writing activity.
Print out the song worksheet for this video and have them do the writing activities.
By combining listening and singing of the song with writing, the overall result is much improved.


Are you ready to learn some short 'a' words and word families? Check out the Man Cat Rat song! This catchy song will help you review the 'at', 'an', 'ad', 'ap', 'ast', and 'atch' word families. Sing along with your teacher and classmates, and soon you'll be able to sing it on your own!

After learning the song, try reading the Man Cat Rat story. Can you spot the words from the song in the story? See if you can find words that rhyme with each other too!

To practice your writing skills, print out the song worksheet and complete the activities. By combining listening, singing, and writing, you'll become an expert in short 'a' words and word families.

Want to try more fun games like this one? Check out the Kiz Phonics resource library and keep learning!