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Caps for Sale Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Caps for Sale will love this post. It includes resource recommendations, information about the book, and book-specific teaching ideas.

With a theme of feelings, this Caps for Sale picture book by Esphyr Slobodkina is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will become one of your and your students’ favorites too!

Engage Your Students with Caps for Sale Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Caps for Sale.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Caps for Sale reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

CAPS FOR SALE SUMMARY

Esphyr Slobodkina’s book Caps for Sale is a timeless classic. The book tells the story of a small town peddler who sells caps. However, this peddler is not like other peddlers. He walks around town selling his caps stacked on his head. There are gray caps, red caps, blue caps, brown caps and even checkered caps.

 

One day, no one wants to buy caps from the peddler. Without money for lunch, he decides to take a walk in the country. After walking a while, he settles down under a tree for a nap, and his caps are still stacked on his head!

 

When he wakes up, he finds that his caps are missing! He looks around only to look up into the tree, that’s where a group of monkeys are wearing his caps! He tells them to give them back but they don’t. This makes him angry, so he stomps his feet. The monkeys copy him! Finally, feeling frustrated the peddler throws his cap on the ground. The monkeys do the same! He is able to collect his caps and walk back into town. 

CAPS FOR SALE LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Caps for Sale, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Caps for Sale reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • summarize / retell
  • visualizing
  • plot | problem – solution
  • sequencing
  • cause and effect

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • feelings

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • action verbs
  • adjectives
  • antonyms
  • types of sentences

CAPS FOR SALE ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Caps for Sale book companion
elementary students listening to an interactive read aloud

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Caps for Sale?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD480L
  • Guided Reading Level: K
  • DRA Level: 16 – 18
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.1

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina.

What genre is Caps for Sale?

It is a comedy and humor and classics book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 48 pages long.

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