By Phyllis Howard and Mariann Cigrand
First, read aloud Who Took the Farmer's Hat? by Joan L. Nodset. Then invite children to write and illustrate their own page for an adorable literature-based collaborative book.
When the wind blows a farmer’s hat off his head, the animals on the farm use it in many unusual ways. Using the cover illustrations as a guide, ask children to predict who they think took the farmer’s hat.
Writing & Art
Ask students to imagine that they had a favorite hat that was taken away. Pass out the student writing pages and have them tell their own story in the space provided. You might start them off by writing the following prompt on the board: “_________ took my hat.” Encourage students to include who took their hat, what it was used for, what happened to it, and how they felt about it. When they have finished, encourage students to draw an illustration to support their writing.