“Caps for Sale,” is a children’s book by Esphyr Slobodkina and at Apple Tree Preschool in West Fargo, North Dakota, they followed a stupendous lesson plan that you can implement as well! Everything you need to know is below.
Today, we acted out “Caps for Sale,” by Esphyr Slobodkina. The kids loved it!
Apple Tree Preschool
West Fargo, North Dakota
Materials To Prepare
- You will need the book, “Caps for Sale.” by Esphyr Slobodkina
- You will need 16 hats total–4 each of red, blue, gray, and brown
- Make sure you have white construction paper for each student
- Have small oval cutouts which will serve as caps, every student will need 16 total–again, 4 each of red, blue, gray, and brown.
- Have a glue stick for each student
- Ensure you have an assortment of crayons
- Print-out enough, “How Many Hats?” worksheets for each student
- Students will have the ability to identify the beginning, middle, and end/conclusion of the story.
- Students will be able to count a total number of objects and have the ability to classify them by color.
- Show students a hat. Then, ask them to name other words for hats. If the students do not say the word, “Cap,” then suggest it to them.
- Ask students who wears hats/caps at home.
- Next, show students the book, “Caps for Sale,” and after they have seen the cover ask them who has read the book or not.
- Request students who have read it do not answer the next question (as they already know) and then ask the students who indicate they have not read the book what they think it might be about based on the cover imagery.
Explicit Instruction and Teacher Modeling
Read the book, “Caps for Sale,” to your students. Throughout reading make sure to add hats to your head when applicable.
As hats are stacked upon your head have students identify the color of each hat and repeat, “Caps, caps for sale! 50-cents a cap!” with you as you are reading.
When you get to the section of the book where the monkeys mimic the main character have your students get-up and pretend to be monkeys as well.
Be aware that if your students are still learning their colors you can pre-teach/review the colors that will discussed before starting the story. Also, you can have posted-up by you on a board images of each color of hat so that the students have it as a reference throughout the story.
Ask students to recap/explain what happened at the start of the story. You can do this by stating questions such as, “How many caps were on the man’s head?” and counting them together.
Have the students tell you what happened in the middle of the story. Inquire as to what kind of animal sole the man’s hats and once they say how it was monkeys have the studnets tell you what they would do if a monkey went and stole their own caps.
Request the students tell you how the story ends as well.
If wanted you can pass out any extra copies of the book for students to reference when you ask questions and you can also work on modeling vocabulary words such beginning/start, middle, and end in reference to how the story functioned with a classmate as their partner.
After having read, “Caps for Sale,” and ensuring students understood it tell them it is now time for a crafting activity.
Pass-out a piece of white construction paper to each student and tell them to draw a man at the bottom of the page. Encourage the students to use a circle for his head, two smaller circles for his eyes, and to have him be smiling if they would like.
Ask students what color cap the man puts on first. Once it has been established the answer is gray have them glue the four gray dots that represent caps onto their drawn man’s head.
After this have students add the rest of the hats in the correct order and number to match with the story (yellow, blue, and red with 4 each).
You can draw your own picture of the man on a board for all the students to see as well and if you have markers for your board of the corresponding colors draw them as well on the man’s head.
You can assess the students’ knowledge and understanding during the activity by observing each one in the class to be sure they are adding the right color and number of hats to their craft.
Also, you can ask students to retell you their favorite parts of the story. Listen closely as they do so and see if they are able to recall important details or specifics from the story that indicates they gained an understanding of it.
Concluding the Lesson Plan
As your lesson ends be sure to give students copies of the, “How Many Hats?” worksheet and instruct them to complete it independently before class finishes (or as much as they can do in that time). Monitor their work and answer any questions they may have.