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 http://lilteacher.com/seussville.html. Scroll down to "The Cat in the Hat'

Have fun with it.

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