Tuesday, July 07, 2015


  • Story by Janie Spaht Gill, Ph.D.
  • Illustrations by Elizabeth Lambson
  • DOMINIE PRESS / Pearson Learning Group
  • GLE: What is an author? (pre-kindergarten, kindergarten & Grades 1 & 2)
  • Curriculum Extension Activities
    • Have each child create a paper hat.  Girls’ hats can be made out of paper plates, with yarn threaded on two sides to go under the chin.  Boys’ hats can be created in the shape of an Abe Lincoln hat by making a cylinder out of black paper for the top.  The bottom can be made out of black paper by cutting a large circle with a hole in the center.  The cylinder is then slipped through the hole.  Both hats can be decorated using scrap materials, sequins, glitter, beads, construction paper, flowers, etc.  The children can then have a hat parade!
    • Using the hats created above, the children can sort them according to color, size, and shape.  A bar graph can be created to show the results.  The children can also vote on which hat is the funniest, the tallest, the most original, the widest, etc.
    • Brainstorm a list of nouns beginning with the letter h.  Have each child pick a word to draw.  Then have the child write the word beneath the picture.  Put the words in order, from the tallest to the shortest.  The children could also arrange them in categories, such as animals, foods, names, etc.
    • Have the children create their own Hats books, following the language pattern of the text.  On each page the child draws a hat, and beneath the hat, he or she writes, “Should I wear my _____ hat?”  “My _____ hat?” etc.

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