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The Hat Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Hat will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of teasing, this The Hat picture book by Jan Brett is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with The Hat Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of The Hat. You can find it in the section below.
  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 The Hat reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THE HAT SUMMARY

Jan Brett’s book, The Hat, tells the story of a hedgehog named Hedgie. One day, while Lisa is out hanging her clothes to dry, the wind blows one of her socks away. Hedgie comes across the sock and pokes his head inside. Unfortunately, the sock becomes stuck on Hedgie’s head. He walks around the farm trying to get the sock off and runs into other farm animals. Each animal laughs at the sight of Hedgie wearing a hat. Although their laughter hurts Hedgie’s feelings, he gives logical explanations for wearing the hat: it’s cozy, it’ll keep him warm in the winter, and dry in the rain.

When Lisa realizes her sock his missing, she runs after Hedgie to take the sock off. As she returns it to the line, she is surprised to find the rest of her clothes missing! The other animals liked the idea of Hedgie’s hat and decided to find their own.

THE HAT 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 The Hat, 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 The Hat reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • point of view
  • analyzing illustrations
  • plot (problem-solution)
  • identifying genre
  • sequencing
  • cause and effect

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • teasing

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • pural nouns
  • quotation marks
  • homophones
  • onomatopoeia

THE HAT 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
The Hat book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Hat?

  • Lexile® Measure: 540L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.9-3

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Jan Brett.

What genre is The Hat?

It is a fiction 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 32 pages long.

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