Monday, March 14, 2011

The Cat in the Hat

Most people know the story of the Cat in the Hat. It's one of my student's favourites. Reading a book can be a great way to begin an activity in class. Books are also extremely useful when you are relieving in a classroom. You can easily turn the day into a 'theme' day where all the activities you do are based around a book. Below are some ideas of how to enjoy The Cat in the Hat that little bit more. 

1. Students can make their own hats.
2. Play a game of Fish, Fish, Cat (Duck, Duck, Goose)
3. Discuss rainy day activities. Ask students to draw/paint what they enjoy doing on a rainy day.
4. Make fish kites 
5. Make a paper plate cat.
6. Make these gorgeous Cat in the Hat posters.
7. Write a summary/book review like the ones found on Art Smarts 4 Kids.
8. Try these free colouring pages from Early Moments
9. Have a magnetic fishing game already made. You'll need cardboard (possibly laminated) with paper clips or safety pins attached. You'll need some 'fishing rods' with magnets. You may want to cut out a fish bowl to place the fish on.
10. Make a kite like the one that Thing 1 and Thing 2 have in the story or get students to design their own. Go outside and fly them before hometime.
11. Ask students to draw themselves on a ball balancing several things at once. 
12. Have some things for students to try balancing e.g. balls, small bean bags, a plastic cup etc. Allow them to hold things and let them try placing these things on their head or feet.

There are some more great ideas at Scroll down to "The Cat in the Hat'

Have fun with it.


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