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Do you read “Scarecrow’s Hat” by Ken Brown? My Young Fives really enjoy this story, and it’s my favorite scarecrow-themed book.
Because of all the “swapping” going on with the various characters in the story, “Scarecrow’s Hat” is perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
With that in mind, I designed this flip-the-flap craftivity, which will help practice those two standards. My students absolutely love making them.
Completed projects make an adorable fall bulletin board too.
I’ve included a “We can sequence & retell a story, and that’s something to crow about!” poster for the center of your display.
Fittingly, the top of scarecrow’s hat flips up and tells the tale.
Students color, cut & collate the “hump of the hat” - shaped pages into a little booklet, which is sequenced and glued to the top of scarecrow’s hat.
I purposely did not number the pages, so you can check comprehension.
This also allows you to choose less pages for preschool students, who can easily sort beginning-middle-& end, then retell the story with a limited number of “picture prompts”.
For some 3D pop, you can add a jute bow to the knot on his neck, as well as some “straw hair”.
For my sample, I ran 2 sheets of yellow paper through my shredder, then glued just the end of a few strands under the brim of the hat, creating that finishing touch.
There are two booklet options. The pages of the first version have only graphics, while the second option includes an unfinished “fill in the blank” sentence, which allows you to practice reading, writing, end punctuation, as well as check comprehension.
I’ve included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.
When everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns retelling the story of “Scarecrow’s Hat” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.
To further check comprehension as well as practice sequential writing, I’ve included a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet.
There’s a black & white template for students to fill in, plus a colorful pattern page so you can do this as a whole-group activity with little ones.
After I finished designing this craft and my other 3D hat, I decided to make the "bowl" hat for myself, to share with my students after I read the story, as a means of reviewing the sequence of the book, then I had them transition to making this scarecrow craftivity.
Because of this, I thought I’d BUNDLE both packets, in case you’d like to do that too, so you'll get an extra craftivity for just $1.45 more.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me hoping your students enjoy “flipping & flapping” as much as mine do.
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