Early Childhood: I Want My Hat Back

Early Childhood: I Want My Hat Back


I Want My Hat Back (part of a trilogy by the brilliant Jon Klassen) is so hilarious and lends itself to so many language-related discussions and activities. For older kids its a perfect book about inferencing and predicting, character development, and even into philosophical discussions of right and wrong.  Social skills and indirect language can also be addressed with this book.

For the younger crowd, we can target inferencing/predicting again, as well as text features such as text size, matching the color of the writing to the color of the character, and using color to represent emotion.  Sequencing and categorizing (of animals) are also great skills to focus on with this book. I also find it very interesting to see which kids notice right away that Rabbit has stolen Bear's hat and which ones need a bit more time to figure it out.

As part of this lesson plan, we play one of my favorite “intuition” games: "Who Has My Hat?” This game is a perfect activity to work on asking/answering questions, reading body language, and listening to your intuition.  

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